Sunday, November 2, 2014


By Guest Contributor

Christmas Fashion Do's and Don'ts


So deck the halls with bells and holly, because Christmas is here again - finally! And a couple of the best things about the year-end holiday season are the shopping you get to do and parties you get to let loose at.

As you get started on your Christmas shopping, here are some fool-proof fashion tips to get you into the festive cheer:

1. DO incorporate some sparkle

Blake Lively in black sequin Balmain dress, complete with jade-green accessories (Source:

Bright and bold jewelry aren't off-limits - in fact, go bold! It's the season to be jolly, after all. But make sure your accessories enhance your look, not detract from it. Opt for a piece that won't completely overwhelm you. A statement necklace or bangle is sometimes all you really need to give your outfit that extra sparkle.

2. But DON'T go overboard!


Just because you're decorating your Christmas tree in baubles doesn't mean YOU have to go crazy with them too. If your jewellery is starting to weigh you down, take off a few necklaces. And do you really need that jewelled choker? Go for streamlined but nonetheless festive and glittery like a sequin dress and you'll save yourself from becoming a walking tinsel rack.

3. DO punch up your LBD

Add some pizzazz to your LBD with extra little details like lace, a brocade print, cap sleeves, or some trim on the hem. But, as always, less is more. Pick one or the other, not all at once, or your outfit will eat you alive.

4. DON'T be a prude


Reveal a little skin! Just don't start flashing your intimates. And instead of the usual high-slit and cleavage-baring dresses, flash a hint of skin around the midriff a la Keira Knightley in this Roksanda Ilincic number. Balance out the sexiness with a demure hemline and you'll look classy and put-together, but alluring too, particularly with smoky-eye makeup.

6. DO go for lush fabrics


What could be more apt than champagne for the holiday season? Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is stunning in a simple champagne-coloured satin dress that hugs her in all the right places.

5. DON'T play safe


Instead of fall/winter hues, why not try an unexpected colour? A white dress like Chanel Iman's Dolce and Gabbana number is just as classic as an LBD. A delicate white shift dress can add some ladylike sophistication amid all that partying, making you stand out from the crowd. Or, if you find white too dangerous a colour to wear, what with all the wine around, perhaps something with white trim or white accessories (pumps and clutches, to name a couple) might do the trick.

What are some of YOUR Do's and Don'ts for Christmas fashion? How do you get party-ready for Christmas? Share your tips in the Comments section below!

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