Ladies, it happens to the best of us. Even those of us that seem to have an eye for fashion – sometimes you make a bad choice. And what a better time to make a bad choice than the joyous holiday season! Hohoho! With all the hustle and bustle, shopping and baking, working and playing – you squeeze in time to decide what you are wearing to holiday parties. No need to fret, says Candy, you may not need to buy a whole new outfit – you can simply add a piece to what you already have in your closet…sure! And that’s what I did last year – I bought a statement blouse to wear with a leather skirt that I already had. It sure made a statement: “Look at my sleeves.” What was I thinking???
The top was not even a bargain. For some reason I got excited when I tried it on at Bloomies – the drama of the sleeves seemed like fun. I assure you, they were not fun. Imagine trying to eat Italian food with all this white fabric hanging near your plate??
What else was wrong: the neckline is neither here nor there – maybe a necklace would have helped, but I went for simplicity. Untucked fitted top, without a belt, looks unfinished. A white top on the outside of a dark skirt, ending at my hip cuts off my already short body – not flattering. Finally, there is no ‘look’, no cohesiveness to the whole outfit. I really got it all wrong. 🙁
That’s ok – the world didn’t end! I took this top to Revolve faster than you can say ‘waste of money’…..
Fortunately, my hits outweigh my misses, especially when I stick to what I know looks best on me and I don’t try too hard.
And you can never go wrong with a black cocktail dress, this one by Ulla Johnson. Add a sexy shoe, some bling on your ears, done.
Pulling together separates is definitely more effort than a dress, but when you get it right it’s personal style to the max! Here is one of my favorite holiday outfits from last year… a metallic gold pleated skirt, with a black cashmere sweater and Anne Fontaine collar and cuffs – fun and festive!
The bottom line:
- You might not get it right every time, but never taking a fashion risk is boring.
- Always try on your outfit – head to toe – before the night of the party.
- Remember that parties are in an indoor, heated place – don’t dress for the temperature outside unless you are going for a grandma look. 😉
Three parties are on the calendar for me this month – what will I wear? Hopefully no more flops! Stay tuned…