Ring In The Holidays With Style

iStock photo courtesy of STYLEdge

By Patty Soltis, Guest Columnist

The holiday season is in full swing and the new year right around the corner.  That means more parties this week, and nextweek and the following.  What to wear to all of these gatherings? 

Here in Tampa, the weather has given us a bit of a chill; some welcome the break while others areready for the heat and humidity to return. While I love it when the temperature rises, cooler weather offers the opportunity to wear some of the sweaters, heavier jackets and coats right now.  Actually, I have my gloves andwraps out as well. 

Now is a perfect time for metallics /iStock photo courtesy of STYLEdge.

 Here are some fashion ideas you should consider:

  • Many of us think of thecolors of the holiday season as red, green or blue.  But now is the perfect time for metallics.  From shiny to matte, thesecolors glisten and add instant holiday cheer. Add a bit of gold, silver, platinum, bronze or brass to yourwardrobe.  Sequins can be just perfect in any color. 
  • Sweaters can get bulky but the fabric of cashmere adds warmth without the extra weight.  Look for sweaters that are at least two-ply and go all the way to four-ply for extra warmth.  Cashmere sweaters wear quite nicely under ajacket for both men and women and can be tucked into your trousers or skirt.
  • Add accessories to bring that extra skip to your step.  For men, a festive pocket square or bright colored tie or hosiery can do thefashion trick.  For women, layer on that extra piece of jewelry, a metallic scarf or shoes with that little bit of extraheel, and nothing is more festive than red lipstick for the quickest change of all. 
  • Brighten up with a splash of color or print.  If you are more daring, go for it with your shirt or blouse.  If you are more reserved, add it in yourplacket, cuff or lining of your jacket. 
  • White is always chicand can be the perfect base for the season. Add the intensity of red, layer in a bit a green or blue with a dose ofmetallic for the perfect look. 
  • This one is just forthe women.  Bring out a small handbagthat tucks under your arm or hangs nicely on your body.  No need to bring everything from your tote inthis, just your phone, credit card, ID and a lipstick.  (Personally, I need a large enough tote for myglasses.)
  • Think aboutfabrics!  Now is the time for silk andsatin, or a dash of fur trim.  Real orfaux, it is up to you, but it adds a certain touch of elegance to anyoutfit. 
  • Not sure what towear?  Err on the side of being the bestdressed versus arriving too casual. Jeans can work for the holidays, but know what the expected attire ofthe event you are attending.

Most of all, enjoythe holiday season with your family and friends, share the love by surrounding yourself with them.  Schedule some time on your calendar to relax.  If you haven’t treated yourself to a blow out, do it.  Get your nails done and, yes, men can do that, too. Sit down in the cooler air with a cup of hot cocoa to take it all in and be thankful for all the blessings of the past year and look ahead to the New Year.

Patty Soltis/Photo courtesy of  STYLEdge®

Patty Soltis has spent the last three years as a frequently sought-after image consultant who specializes in working with alpha business leaders to match their brand with a credible and professional image.  She worked in retail for 27 years and was the general manager at the prominent retailers Lord & Taylor and Marshall Fields.  Patty worked for nearly 14 years at Neiman Marcus, mainly as their vice president.  She has worked with thousands of professionals over decades of change on their timeless image.  Patty can be seen on television and heard on radio and podcast shows.  She has been in media in print and online regularly as an expert.  She is the author of “First Impressions Last”, a book for the professional woman to exude confidence, power and skill with her attire.

Her Five Modes of Professional Attire give the client an impression to start the journey to competence, power and success.  Most of all, her clients make an impression that exudes leadership, achievement and results as an industry leader.  As a professional speaker, Patty communicates how to dress for success in a candid and interactive manner.  She educates and trains her audience how to put the Five Modes of Professional Attire into their life with ease and simplicity.  Patty points out items to invest in for a “cost per wear” return and how to shop on a budget.

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