As we wait eagerly for those holiday party invitations to start popping up in the mail or on Facebook, at least we can start planning our dazzling party outfits! And of course, at HWGA, we plan them resale-style! As you read in our previous post about all the reasons to shop consignment for your holiday wear, you can save a lot on either new-with-tags items or very gently used special occasion clothing.
When it comes to holiday parties, you can’t go wrong with a simple cocktail dress , designer label evening outfit, tuxedo look or something sparkly. Here are some fabulous ideas to get you and your outfit into the holiday spirit!
Holiday dresses that will make your heart sing (Yuletide carols)
This season it’s all about lace, cut-outs, embellishments, sheer overlays… You can’t go wrong with details like these because they whisper “special occasion” without screaming it. Just make sure you commit to only one or two of these trends so your look doesn’t become more holiday decor than holiday couture. Another trend for this holiday season that you’ll be relieved to note-sleeves are back! We’re finally seeing dresses with cap, short and even long sleeves again. No need to freeze to look fabulous! And if your internal thermostat runs cold, consignors are heeding our call for dressy jackets, wraps and cardigans to wear as cover-ups.
Gold is making a big comeback in accessories and jewelry this year, so look for it in beading, zipper details and trim. Jewelry is following this trend as well, with many more gold choices in necklaces and earrings this year.
Deck the halls…and your dress!
If you already have a dress you love, why not add an extra element with accessories? The holidays are the perfect time to unleash the glam inside you, with silver and gold accessories, sequins, and fur. Sequins are quite popular this year, we’re loving the tiny flat sequins that completely cover a top, jacket or dress; but we also love the simple pieces with just a collar accent or scatter beading. The new smaller flat disk sequins are so much fresher to our modern eye than the cup-style with iridescent finish from years back. Even if you end up wearing dark jeans and a black t-shirt to your work party, a sequined cardigan or metallic jacket will bump your outfit from office wear to party gear.
Baby, it’s cold outside–pair those designer shoes with some warm tights (and maybe a long coat, too!)
Want to go step it up even more? Footwear is highly varied this year, so if you want to wear flats, there are many options from ballet style slip-ons to low heel dressy oxfords, great with a tuxedo look! As always, heels abound. Both HWGA locations have seen some terrific consignments of dressy pumps, sling-backs, peep-toes, the whole gamut of heel heights. Because we know you want to look your best and you’re representing us, (and the best of what women’s consignment can offer!) we pick out only the best of what is brought to us for consignment. If you don’t see it today, let us know what you want and we’ll keep our eyes peeled for the perfect pair for you! Check out these dressed-to-impress heels. Black shoes are always a safe bet, but it’s the holidays–time to be bold! Even if you don’t go for the patent leather oxfords or sky-high pumps with a sparkly detail, pair your trusty ballet flats with some festive red tights (bonus points if you match your lipstick).
It’s the most wonderful time of the year for your wardrobe–have fun with it! Don’t have your outfit yet? Come play dress-up with us!