Thursday, December 3, 2009

Working with my styling clients over the last year (can't believe it's been that long!) has made me really want to do more practical how to content for the blog. Tackle topics like "wearing more prints" and "dressing down on the weekends" and "what kind of shoes go with this outfit" and "how can I incorporate this new trend into my wardrobe." With this new blog format now I can do it in a more "what will work for you" rather than "look at what I can do" way.

So here goes with the quickie first in a series of "An Outfit for Every Occasion."

The Holiday Party
For me, this holiday season is all about sequins, bandeaux looks , long sleeved minis, unusual tights and booties with dresses. But I realize these looks have a fairly high degree of difficulty. I realize me wearing them in L.A. doesn't translate to you feeling comfortable in them in your neck of the woods. And that I haven't worked with most of you one on one and held your hand and assured you there are ways for you to rock any of these trends...I promise.

I know that many if not most of you are going to end up in LBDs at evening events this month.
Nothing wrong with that of course.

Black is always chic and flattering. That's why it's THE color of choice for the fashionable set.

I would just challenge you to challenge yourself EVEN if you are in head to toe black.

1. Think about fierce-ing up your look for your friend's party by adding leggings to a dress

2) Choosing flirty but still pulled together separates for your office party

3) Think about standing out from a sea of spangled dresses in well tailored pants and a peek-a-boo jacket on New Year's.

For those of you willing to up your degree of difficulty, YAYAYYAYA!

4) The instant way to make a statement for a holiday party - or every day - is look-at-me color. Rich jewel tones are pretty universally flattering.

5) Or try adding a contrasting evening belt to an old dress to modernize the shape

6) Add a pop of fluorescent and get your 80s on

7) Or a splash of jade - preferably Chanel ;)

8) Throw on a statement necklace

9) Or look for chic dresses with a built in bejeweled factor

10) Or romantic ruffle quotient

11) Throw on a pair of tights. Plain black for the work crowd

12) Sexy polka dot for your man

13) Bold prints and textures for your fashionista friends

14) Start playing with the underwear as outwear trend

15) Or give a bit of peak-a-boo transparency a whirl

My number one rule this party season: feel fabulous in whatever you wear PLEASE! Own it and work it and don't compare yourself to anyone else. Be YOUR most fashionable self. Make me proud.

Oh and por favor leave the plunging necklines and shorts for evening to the orking...errr...gossip girls.

Email me your fashion conundrums for future posts. Requests I've already gotten: how to pull together separates for work, what pieces every woman needs and looks that flatter curvier shapes.


tam pham said...

i've got hubby's office "party" (catered dinner at boss's million dollar mansion)- will keep these tips in mind.

WendyB said...

But I like looking at what you can do! :-)

Anonymous said...

I love your blog, and I really enjoyed the format before the change, but I have to say that this new revamped blog is great as well. I really enjoyed the last few posts and I cannot wait for more to come. Thank You for sharing your words with us. I have to tell you, you have inspired me in many, many ways. Thanks Diabolina!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Diabolina for the tips!!! I definitely hear you. I would really appreciate it if you helped with tips for dressing fashionable and comfortable while pregnant!


fshnonmymind said...

I have a fancy company party next week and will be rocking an LBD, only because I bought it last year and don't want to complicate the what to wear question. I'll be taking it up a notch with some wild tights/stockings and maybe a statement necklace. Can't shock the work folks too much! :)

Rate Your Hairdresser said...

Super fantastic tips! I'm loving the gold shoe/booties on the cover of InStyle!!

Kelly H. said...

Great suggestions! I'm really into the sequined look right now as well. Also, those gold (Louboutin?) booties are to die for!

Kanishka B. said...

Loving all the new features! I'm going to try to find a long sleeve mini this month.
My question - can you do a long sleeve mini with tights and booties? Too much?

Natalie / Fashion Intel said...

Gold sequence = best party outfit. ALWAYS!


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