There’s a magical spell over the holiday season, a time when splendor and ornamentation add to the feeling of dressing up. Adornment is the order of the day whether it’s achieved with a full on embellished outfit in an exquisite fabrication or with opulent hand crafted jewelry and accessories.
There are bejeweled dresses, sweaters and tops for day and evening, some of the newest with rounded or raglan shoulders with the ease of a sweater, perfect for casual evenings or big events when paired with an embellished skirt or pant or full out for evening. These are structured modern looks, touched with sequins and paillettes, with the feel of couture, yet they possess a sophisticated simplicity for a new way of dressing. Some dresses have the look of separates, a net top with a feathered skirt, a sheer metallic top with a jeweled skirt, giving more mileage to decorative looks that were once solely confined to evening.
If you want the look without going over the top, take a classic little black dress or one in an dark opulent fabrication and enhance with drop dead designer gemstone earrings, or a statement making cocktail ring. Layer a gemstone bracelet over opera length gloves, add a metallic or velvet bag and jewel encrusted shoes, and you’ve defined your own opulence for holiday dressing.
The Accessory Essentials
Jewelry: Unusually colored and varied cut fancy gemstone jewelry, often in mixed combinations, pearls in unusual shapes and colorations, all set in precious karat gold, vermeil and sterling silver, from gemstone drop and chandelier earrings, to jeweled cocktail and stacked rings, to bangle and soft gemstone bracelets. Polished and textured gold jewelry – statement making drop earrings, jewel encrusted collars and bangles and bracelets, oversized cocktail rings.
Gloves: From opera length to short in leather, satin, velvet suede, or cotton, with allover metallic or beaded patterning, or with jewel encrusted detailing or beading.
Handbags: Structured small snap clutches and minaudiere styles in satin or silk, or metallic fabrications, fold over clutches in metallic leather with jewel trim, small frame bags in satin, velvet, and burnout velvet, in damask and floral patterns.
Footwear: Jewel encrusted d’Orsay stilettos and pumps, pumps with center stone jeweled buckles, flat and high heel Mary Janes and T- straps in black or jewel toned peau de soie satin, metallic leather, suede or velvet with jeweled buckles.
The Wardrobe Essentials
Shape: Short rounded shoulder dresses, shaped cropped and raglan sleeved tops and tunics, mirror like bodices, body skimming shifts, covered up long sleeve gowns, deeply cut v ‘20s style dresses.
Color: Black, white, black and silver, black and gold, red, deep jewel tones and cosmetic pales, often metallic.
Fabrications: Exquisite fabrications: silk, silk chiffon and satin, brocade, velvet, burnout velvet, netting, metallic and metallic threaded fabrications.
Patterns: All over beading, winter florals, damask and brocade patterning.
Details: Sequins, both matte and shiny, bugle and caviar beading, pailletes, crystal and gemstone like jewels, pearls, feathers and gilt.