Fashion Friday: Dressing up for the Holidays

Dear Patty,
I’ve been a fan of your blog for years but it’s my first time to send an email. I have a lot of Christmas parties to attend this year and I don’t know what to wear! I really want to impress my friends and officemates. Can you help me please? 
                                                                                                                    -Mitch from Pasig

Hi Mitch! Christmas parties are always FUN but dressing up for these parties can actually be a source of unnecessary stress, so I feel you girl. The key to dressing up for the holidays is adding that festive touch without looking like a Christmas elf. Try to incorporate some glitter without looking like a snow globe. It’s important to stay current and with the times so ditch that reindeer sweater and look for clothes that you can still use all year round. To make it easier for you, I’ve divided “Holiday Wear” into 4 categories. Hopefully you’ll find a category that best suits your needs.

Day Time Metallics
Don’t be scared of metallics, sequins, and glitter. If you learn how to downplay the glitz, you’ll be able to shine without looking like a Christmas tree. The trick is to pick only ONE main “glitzy” piece and add more contemporary basics to tone it down a bit. Work a gold jacket with a neutral tank top and minimal accessories, wear a glittery skirt with a simple white t shirt, or wear head to toe black with some silver shoes. 
Night Time Sparkles
Office Christmas parties are getting more vavavoom each year. If you want to be a scene stealer (but in a good way, of course) then go for something sexy and shimmery too! Make sure that the sexiness is subdued. There’s a very fine, fine line that you could cross when it comes to dresses like these..you can go from Beyonce to Las Vegas show girl. So make sure the cuts are sleek, modern and sophisticated.
Non-Traditional Red and Green
If you MUST wear something green or red for Christmas, choose the more non-traditional shades of Red and Green instead. Opt for a deeper Emerald green instead of the usual Crayola green you’ve been wearing for years, accent it with bold gold accessories to give you a more glamorous look. Since Red can easily make you look like a diva, play it down a bit by choosing a less fierce shade of red. You can even go for a more orange-red feel just to make you feel more age-appropriate. 
 Bejeweled
The BER months brings in a cooler breeze so this is actually the perfect time to bring out the winter bejeweled tones. These colors immediately make you slimmer because they’re darker and flatter any skin color too! Bring out your navy blues, olive greens, burgundies, and royal purples because these tones are perfect for the holidays!
All the images above are form JCrew and Shopbop

If you’re panicking about what to wear to your office Christmas party or Family Noche Buena, then I urge you to visit the CHICIFY website. They’ve got everything from dresses, shoes, bags, accessories! Best of all, they deliver it straight to your doorstep which makes it all the more convenient. I’ve actually found a couple of pieces to give away as gifts too!:)

I’m giving away a whole Christmas ensemble 
to One Lucky Blog Reader!:) 
1. Click the LIKE and TWEET buttons below.
2. Visit the Chicify Facebook Page and click LIKE.
3. Tell me why you deserve a Christmas ensemble from CHICIFY. Send your answer, home address, dress size to pattylaurelblog@gmail.com. Contest ends on Dec 5, 2011.

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