Jewelry is an accessory that can make or break your holiday look. Wearing jewelry correctly will result in a smart, dazzling result where all the focus is on you! Here are 5 simple tips:
1. Wear just one bold statement piece of jewelry and make sure your other pieces are understated and complimentary. For example, a big, flashy bracelet should be paired with a simple ring and small hoop or stud earrings. Don't overstimulate your "viewers" by attempting to bring attention to your ears, neck, wrist, and hands at one time. Choose a single focal point.
2. Be practical and consider your activity. Heavy, dangly earrings and ten bangle bracelets are probably not a good choice for a crazy dance party nor outdoor hiking. Reserve large pieces for events when you're not going to be extraordinarily active.
3. Necklace lengths can be the trickiest thing to determine when choosing jewelry to coordinate with your outfit. Chokers are fantastic with strapless dresses and tops. Open collar and boat-neck tops look great with a chunkier, shorter necklace. Turtlenecks and tunics are best with a longer pendant or a long string of beads.
4. Make sure your jewelry choices are appropriate for the situation. For example, a flashy choker is not okay for an office. And a set of conservative pearls is probably not the best choice for rock concert. Pair your jewelry to the occasion.
5. Wear size-proportionate jewelry. If you're petite, a large piece (or worse, several large pieces) would detract versus attract. If you want to wear a bold piece, try a large cocktail ring or bracelet instead of a necklace or earrings. If you're a plus-sized gal, turn it up and wear large, splashy pieces.
Buying a new holiday party outfit just may not be practical this year. That does not mean, however, that you can't look fabulous. Here are 5 ways to bring glamour into your holiday attire at minimal cost.
1. Buy one basic piece and have accessories turn it into several glam outfits. Holidays are the time when you can revel in such bold and sparkly accessories that your clothes can be just the backdrop. Turn a simple outfit (think little black dress or sweater set) into several different looks with accessories such as twinkling jewelry, colorful wraps, thick belts, statement shoes, and evening handbags.
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2. Buy a festive top and pair it with jeans or pants you already own. Face it - at most holiday parties you're only really noticed from the waist-up. Invest in a trendy top and pair it with black pants or dressy jeans that you already own. Go for satin, velvet, or any top with shimmery adornments. Choose a rich, vibrant color that you don't normally wear such as garnet red, vivid purple, or electric turquoise.
3. "Re-make" something you already own. You probably have several outfits you've worn once to a special occasion in the past. You wouldn't feel special wearing them as-is again, but with very little effort, these existing pieces can me new and fabulous! Some ideas for you (or your tailor) to try:
- Using fabric glue, add sequins or a satin ribbon the bottom of a skirt or on the outside seam of a pair of pants or jeans
- Replace the buttons on a cardigan twin-set with rhinestone or big pearl buttons
- Make a pretty belt out of thick satin ribbon and tie over a tunic or button-down shirt
- Raise the hem of a dress or add a ruffle to lengthen it
4. Share with a friend or relative. If you have special occasions on different dates and you're the same size, consider splitting the cost of an outfit. Accessories, including jewelry and handbags, are perfect for sharing even if you're not the same size.
5. Shop thrift stores and discount stores. Thrift stores are an excellent source for classy vintage items that are perfect for the holidays. Chance are you'll be getting a party outfit that someone has only worn once. Discount stores have excellent options for the holidays including velvet pants and satin shirts. Most parties have dimmed lighting, so nobody will notice that the quality is not haute couture.