Happy holidays LDV readers! It’s Karima from A Note on Style sharing a favorite
styling tweak that takes my wardrobe through a busy December full
of social events. With gatherings ranging from casual to cocktail,
I simplify the process of creating fresh looks by elevating the
trusted pieces in my closet with a festive spin. I bypass the
search for a new holiday outfit and instead work with pieces I
already own by adding a standout accessory, a statement pair of
shoes or a special top that will have relevancy well after the
above: Smythe Ruched Lamé
Black top, Oscar de la Renta Berry
Earrings, Chanel Le Rouge Duo
Ultra Wear Lip Colour, Akris Starry Sky Tulle
Blouse, Nicholas Kirkwood
Pearl Embellished Belt, Roxanne Assoulin
Necklace, Chanel La Palette
Caractere Lip Palette. (photo: Olivia Frolich)
At the top of my list is an embellished belt.
I’m thinking big and bold. Picture the transformation of a simple
dress or an all-black ensemble with the addition of a waist cinched
Gucci belt. If that’s too much logo (it’s not for me), then
there are plenty of other options that would
equally do the trick. Imagine how far a gorgeous statement belt
like any of the below would take you for years to come.
Another possibility is a fabulous evening shoe. Taking cues from
Harris, simply pairing a black suit with a rhinestone
embellished Nicholas Kirkwood
pump takes the outfit from “corporate to cocktail”. It helps if
the suit is tuxedo inspired, but not required. This styling route
works beautifully with more casual looks too. I’d wear said shoe
with slim cropped jeans and a sweater, velvet jacket, dressy
blouse, or any number of tops. Invest in a beautiful one now and
benefit from having the perfect shoe on hand for a formal occasion
when it arises.
More one and done additions come in the form of a bold piece of
jewelry. The goal is to streamline by putting together a simple
outfit then adding a singular statement
piece. Think oversized earrings or a major necklace.
Again, these pieces will have life for seasons to come.
If I’m tempted to go beyond accessorizing, I’ll invest in a
top. I’d select a special piece that equally elevates
trousers, a skirt or a pair of jeans. A little sparkle, embellishment,
texture or even a simple bold color is
enough to work across the board with a number of outfits.
Lastly, the holidays bring out the extra effort I make in my
beauty routine. I usually go with one of two routes. A beautiful
with glowing skin (courtesy of this
peel!) and a swipe of mascara makes an
elegant statement. I love Chanel’s La Palette
Caratere for mixing and customizing the perfect shade. Or,
I’ll go for a sultry sophisticated look playing up a smoky eye
using this Tom
Ford palette with a shimmering nude
lip. They’re both fail-safe.
Source: FS – All – Decorations – Home Decor
A Note on Style: A Month of Holiday Style