LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
Decoding the "festive" dress code – a staple of the holiday season.
Let's set the scene: you're going out with your girlfriends, or your sister(s), or your significant other and a couple other couples. You want something festive and fun, but still glamorous and a little sexy. Here's where that classic combination of gold and black and the luxurious textures of lace, silk, and patent leather are your best friends, because any combination of these elements will be elegant, sophisticated, seasonal, and alluring. Pick silhouettes that flatter your particular body type, and add shoes that are sleek and comfortable, and then finish off the look with gorgeous jewels and bright lipstick – done and done. The best thing about an outfit built around gold-and-black with (faux) fur, lace, silk, and velvet, is that they look elevated yet effortless every time, and with a little shift in the styling, you can also wear the ensemble over and over and nobody will notice.
Photography by Annika Cleland-Hura | Top: Thrifted | Skirt: Thrifted | Coat: Thrifted | Shoes: Roberto Capucci (Thrifted) | Earrings: Thrifted
Because my top is revealing and figure-hugging, I picked a much more modest style of skirt (an A-line midi) and flat shoes. Layering a peplum top over an A-line is actually a very flattering style on just about any body type because it accentuates the waist, creates curves, and skims over the abdominal and thigh area. If you want to go with a sheer top like mine, I'd suggest wearing super simple, modest underpinnings like a T-shirt bra or a bustier/bralette without embellishment (or even a basic camisole) in a color that matches your top. Otherwise, you risk looking like you're trying too hard and the ensemble loses its elegance. I also chose a style with cap-sleeves and a higher-cut scoop neckline so I'm not all exposed. Please don't forget your slip, also! A simple gold or cream silk slip that ends just an inch or two above the hem is ideal. Lastly, I added my midi-length faux-fur coat for warmth and modesty.
I kept jewels simple with onyx and faux-diamond cocktail earrings and some simple gold rings. The teardrop shape is fabulous for elongating a round face, and faceted jewels add highlight and warmth to the cheeks by reflecting light. For a touch of color and glamour, I also wore red glossy lip color and gold-brown eyeshadow. I actually wore a variation of this outfit to a party last weekend, and I added elbow-length black cocktail gloves. Play around with it to suit it to your style – you'll be the best-dressed in every room.
Hope this helps with dressing for your next holiday party! Stay tuned for more...