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Holiday Outfits Part 3 of 3: Friends & Family

December 2, 2010

It is not always easy to get motivated to work your style, especially when amongst close friends and family.  These are the people who know you better than yourself so why bother? When you are feeling especially unmotivated, remember that when you look great, you will feel great.

Without further ado, here is the final installment of holiday outfits 2010.

Character vs. Style

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You could play into the expected role this year – the mid-life-crisis Mom, the Cougar, the Scrapbooking Grandma, the Tomboy or the Mama’s Boy.  Or you can reinvent yourself as someone who looks put together.

Smart Casual Outfits for the Holidays

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Try these ideas for a fresh take on dressing up a casual outfit for the holidays, including Plus, Petite & Men.

You can be comfortable and stylish at the same time.  Dark jeans will convey a dressier style and don’t be shy with the accessories!

{ Fabuliss helps women and men learn how to create and shop for outfits that align with their personal brand.  Personal Shopping.  Closet Reviews.  Color and Fit & Style Analysis.  Style Parties.  Remote Styling.  Fabuliss.com or 612-554-4629 }

Holiday Outfits Part 2 of 3: Work Day to Work Party

December 1, 2010

There’s Smart Casual and now we declare Smart Holiday – the outfit that can transition from work to party as is or with a simple change.  If your work party is a casual affair, remember that professionalism rules.

AVOID FORGETTABLE AND TOO MEMORABLE

If you want to stand out, the standard fare won’t do, nor will going overboard at work to look more festive for the party.  Consider the following:

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  • Boring. So you forgot about the party when you were getting dressed.  Make time to shop over the lunch hour and look for a sparkly necklace, top or shoe that will help you feel as festive as you will surely feel.
  • Dated. “Aww, cuuute” does not command respect.  Reserve these mementos for family affairs and opt for accessories that elevate your presence.
  • Tired. A nothing-special matchy-match outfit does not belong at the office or at the holiday party.  A more interesting outfit will help you differentiate yourself from your peers while networking up the chain of command.
  • Club-Bound. If you work in the entertainment industry, this *might* be appropriate office attire.  Then again, it will still look better in a celebrity-wanna-be-filled club on a reality TV show.  Your outfit should go from work to party without screaming I’M GOING TO A PARTY!
  • Goofy. At work, the Class Clown is great for culture but will not get as much respect when it comes to raises and promotions.  Leave the costumes in the closet until Halloween.

And now, outfit ideas that will ensure you’re ready for the big night, after a productive day.

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Consider these hard working looks for regular, Plus, Petite and men from left to right:

A mix of every day professional and evening can be exceedingly productive when done well.

{ Fabuliss helps women and men learn how to create and shop for outfits that align with their personal brand.  Personal Shopping.  Closet Reviews.  Color and Fit & Style Analysis.  Style Parties.  Remote Styling.  Fabuliss.com or 612-554-4629 }

Holiday Outfits Part 1 of 3: Semi-Formal

November 30, 2010

There are numerous ways to make a memorable entrance at a semi-formal holiday party. This could include a work-related event at an elegant venue like a library, art museum or sit-down dinner or attending a fundraiser gala or ball.

AVOID “TOO MUCH”

Instead of solely relying on a dashing date, which we’re certainly not opposed to, try avoiding these common mistakes.

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  • Too sexy. In general, a little sexy is great but too much skin in tight fabric is too much.  If you are still working to perfect feeling sexy without looking like you’re ready to jump the next thing that walks by, err on the conservative side.
  • Too shiny/sparkly. Don’t get me wrong here.  We *love* sparkle!  But when it’s ALL we see, it can be a bit much.  When in doubt, throw a top layer over all that shine and sparkle to tone things down.
  • Too much going on. On the clothing design shows, we appreciate when the judges encourage the designers to simplify.  When there are ruffles AND sequins AND prints, it’s too much to process and we lose sight of you.
  • Too matronly or cheap. With some special occasion outfits, matronly and cheap-looking go hand-in-hand because they are overworked, tired styles and/or made out of fabric that will snag every time you sneeze.  Be conscious of hemlines (above the knee is perfect for cocktail parties) and opt for a modern style.
  • Too much holiday cheer. Overt holiday prints, jewelry and embellishments do not belong at semi-formal parties.  Period.

And now for outfit ideas that will beckon event photographers and have people talking all the way home…

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These ensembles – including looks for Plus, Petite & men – ooze sophistication.  From left to right:

Invest in one or a few of these pieces and you will be set for 2010 as well as many parties to come.

{ Fabuliss helps women and men learn how to create and shop for outfits that align with their personal brand.  Personal Shopping.  Closet Reviews.  Color and Fit & Style Analysis.  Style Parties.  Remote Styling.  Fabuliss.com or 612-554-4629 }


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