Think you’ve got nothing to wear to that cocktail party coming up in a few days? Step inside your closet and think again! It’s time to put a little spin on your holiday wardrobe and come up with a remix of festive favorites. Steal the spotlight with a new twist on the classics.
Here are a few tips to put the punch back in your party clothes by giving them a shot of new life:
Think unexpected No, you don’t have to don a green gown and flip flops like model Elle Macpherson did at a gala museum event, but you get the point. Think like a stylist and pull together some unusual separates that you rarely put together. For a casual party, dress up your jean jacket with a sequined scarf, a long tunic, and leggings with thigh-high boots. For a dressier occasion, think Sharon Stone with her long black skirt and Gap t-shirt. Or rock a vintage vibe with a menswear tuxedo jacket, skinny jeans and cowboy boots.
Don’t be predictable If you’re a tried and true little-black-dress girl, think outside your dark side and stand out in living color, but please steer clear of the Christmas red and green combo. Black and white is one of the season’s best ways to go this year, but a brilliant blue or regal red worn head-to-toe is another way to do the remix this holiday season. And if you’re really brave, how about wearing all white to a cocktail party? Just be sure to stick with white wine!
Go for texture This is one of many fashion stylists’ secrets, and it is easy to remember when putting together new holiday outfits. Make sure all your pieces are a different texture. You wouldn’t wear a leather jacket with a leather vest with leather pants and boots...now would you? Hopefully not—unless you’re arriving at your destination on the back of a motorcycle. Otherwise, mix velvets with leather, satins with tweeds, knits with chiffons.
Experiment with prints If your party wardrobe is very limited, this may be the way to go. Wear your basic black pants and tops and then layer on the printed patterns...whether it’s with a metallic striped wrap or a folkloric-inspired statement jacket. The under layers will disappear and your punched up prints will make your outfits seem not so “everyday.”
Indulge in embellishment Another way to remix your old favorites—think ruffles, feathers, fur, beading or brocade—is by getting a little exotic with your holiday party clothes. These fashionable flourishes will even jazz up jeans. And why not go for the glamorous touches, maybe not all in one outfit, but you get the picture. If not, see the previous tip about texture and being clad in all leather.
Work it with accessories Holiday time is the perfect time to go all out with accessories. Here’s where you can really shine—think colored tights with a LBD, heavy metal cuffs with your sleeveless sheaths, drop-dead chandelier earrings with a messy updo, and artsy clutches dripping with jewels. I collect huge cocktail rings to wear on special occasions. Shoes can also make a festive appearance in strappy metallic sandals, velvet smoking loafers (so comfy) or textured snakeskin ankle boots. Motorcycle boots with a sequin sheath, anyone? Again, restraint is key. Don’t pile all the bling on with one outfit. After all, you’ve got to ring in the New Year, right?