Three easy ways to dress up your wardrobe for the holidays
Here are some tips for dressing up what's already in your closet:
The hoity-toity party:
Lucky you, scoring an invite from someone not afraid to throw a ritzy bash in this economy. Start with the LBD (little black dress) in your closet. Add a sequin shrug and/or metallic shoes with a matching clutch. Finish with as much sparkle as you can pile on your wrists and neck.
You want to dress up, not overdress. Grab a satin or silk top -- simple lines are a sure bet. Pair with a black skirt or slacks. Layer on as many pearls (long and short) as you have in your jewelry box, and maybe a gold or silver chain too. Twist for maximum effect. Scared to mix and match? Consider a small investment in a multi-strand statement necklace, they're everywhere now.
You want to be sociable, not scare people with your ugly Christmas sweater. Keep it simple with a festive top -- a red sweater, perhaps. Layer on a pretty scarf and perhaps a holiday-themed pin, which is a nice alternative to Mr. Snowman on your chest. Jeans are appropriate for a potluck, but go with pants for a tea or brunch. The queen would thank you.
Deal Diva Letitia