My mom got this beautiful grey sparkly top for my cousin's wedding almost a decade ago and has only worn it that one time. The problem? She is worried that this top is too fancy for the events she has going on in her life. Solution: layer with neutrals and soft cardigans and, most importantly, never feel ashamed about getting dressed up and looking great!
Both of these outfits are still dressy, but are very appropriate for a nice dinner out or an evening at the theatre. This is a great alternative to throwing on a dress, especially since the shirt accessorizes itself (just add a sparkly stud earring)!
In the photo to the left, I paired the shell with a grey dolman sleeve cardigan (look for details like this satin tie) and a pair of winter white trousers for a look that is both cozy as well as evocative of the snow and ice outside. If you have a holiday cocktail party this season, you'll wow the room in this, plus your legs will be much warmer than all the women in dresses.
The outfit to the right is a modern take on a Christmas suit. Every year in late November women come into the store I work in looking for a bright red Christmas skirt suit. That is a beautiful and classic look, but no one wants to be wearing the same thing is holidays photos from year to year! The photo is a little bit dark (I'm still working on my photography skills!) but I paired dark plum trousers with a dark plum cardigan to make the grey shell the center of attention. This cardigan has some detailing to it, including a small sparkly top button which added an additional bit of whimsy to the outfit. If plum isn't your color, pick another deep jewel tone and make your own personalized holiday suit!
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WHBM Jacquard Filigree Top $94 INC Pailette Tank in Silver $43.99 LOFT Lace Overlay Shell $49.50