As the holiday season winds down, there is still a festive feeling in the air, and on dance floors everywhere. Late Christmas celebrations and New Years’ Eve parties are upon us, and everything looks a little more lively than usual. The wardrobe choices of most have followed suit, no doubt; after all, you don’t want to look drab and plain-jane at this time of year, no matter where you step out for the evening. The tree is aglow, sparkling, twinkling, and shimmering – shouldn’t you be?
Now, that isn’t to say that you should look like a Christmas tree (garlands are not accessories). It just means that this is the time of year to add a little shine and sparkle to your wardrobe, especially for those last few holiday parties.
Adding metallic pieces is a great way to do this. For example, slipping on this metallic mini-dress (with say, black tights if you need to keep warm this winter) is a good choice. Accessorize with silver or gold shoes, and an evening bag in shades of metallic, or black to match your tights. Dangling earrings that shimmer can complete the look. If you’re looking for jewel tones – which look great on everyone – this sequined halter dress in purple can best be accessorized with matching purple tones and gold jewelry pieces.
There is also the option of going for more subtle details of metallic shine. For example, a dress with sequined vertical stripes can streamline your figure. This sequined bow skirt has a glittering bow at the top, and pants with a sequined waistband or sparkling slits are also more understated options.
Adding shine around the neckline, as seen here and here, lends itself to shimmering eye shadows and makeup highlights. To do that and show off defined shoulders, a halter top is the perfect choice.
And for an accessory that really stands out dramatically, a glittering, sequined bra peeking out beneath a low-cut or slightly open top adds a sexy, more dramatic element of surprise. Keep the glittering, fun, and flirty mystique going with a smoky eye, using black shadows and shimmery accents beneath the brow bone and on the inner corners of the eye.
These tips can apply year-round, whenever you want to mix metallics and shimmer into your wardrobe. But at this time of year, it’s good to keep holiday colors in mind, adding bright reds, greens, and snow whites whenever possible. Remember not to over-do anything, especially when mixing metallic tones, which has to be done carefully. Stay color-coordinated, always adding other metallic elements like a fabulous pair of earrings. Wear what makes you feel comfortable to avoid tugging, pulling, or adjusting anything all night, and go for classy, simple silhouettes. Your aim is to stand out with a little extra sparkle this season, and from there you can – literally and figuratively – shine on.