The hottest New Year’s styles & a glorious Christmas Gift that will help those in need.
Once the turkey has settled and our focus on Christmas celebrations is behind us, New Year’s Eve is looming on the horizon. And with the biggest celebration of the year comes the decision on what to wear to see in midnight. There are a number of ways to embrace the festivities, depending on how you are celebrating. But if you’re heading out to a party, it’s the perfect opportunity to frock up and get a little ladylike. Sequinned microminis may seem like a more obvious choice, but that’s just the problem—and come the early hours, nothing will look tackier on the way home. A chic and elegant dress will turn heads for all the right reasons and still look fresh in the morning light. Remember, Audrey Hepburn pulled off elegance at 5 in the morning with a takeaway coffee in her black column dress and pearls in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. A simple lace dress is a wonderful option, whether a fine-guage lace shift, or a chunkier version, such as this one from Kate Sylvester with ribbonwork appliqué (left). You could otherwise focus on a simple 1950s silhouette with fitted bodice and full skirt—this one from Review (below left) is super sweet. Just add some sparkling jewels and a pair of pumps and you’ll be ready for whatever the evening (and even the morning after) may offer.
And a final word on the subject—there are some occasions on which it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. If you think you’ve gone a little far on the festive dressing, think about whether it’s better to turn heads for such a good reason or not have anyone notice you at all. Times like these, amp it up and wear it with aplomb. The compliments will flow as freely as the champagne.
A final suggestion for those Christmas gifts, and one that will bring much-needed funds to areas of need. Georg Jensen has gone into partnership with the Australian Red Cross with this Heart bracelet. Designed by Henning Koppel and created in sterling silver with an adjustable waxed cotton band, it’s the feel-good gift of the season. For every bracelet sold, $50 of the $150 pricetag goes directly to the Australian Red Cross. Buy online at www.georgjensen.com/au
A final thank you to you all for reading this year, and wishing you all a very safe and stylish festive season. Here’s to an amazing 2012 – looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year!