Create A Show Stopping Holiday Party Outfit In Under A Minute

November 16, 2011

You may love dreaming up holiday party outfits down to the last glittery detail or you may be one of the many who loathe the whole process. The reality is it makes little difference, because no matter your preference, you are always crunched for time during the hectic holiday season. That means all too often you have to throw something together at the last minute.

I’ve got a quick styling technique that will have you looking and feeling fabulous and festive in no time!

Buy new, or pull from your over-stocked closet, one amazing celebratory top or bottom and style the rest of your outfit in all black. That’s right! No need to fret over which color of shoes or handbag or even jewelry to add. Everything else should be in the color black. And I know you have tons of black in your closet!

I like to call this my One Hit Wonder styling technique.

It adheres to the color-blocking trend, so you’ll be fashionably up-to-date with your contemporaries, but more importantly, you’ll look spectacular. All the black acts like a frame to highlight the one show-stopping apparel piece, but not so much that it ends up distracting attention away from you…you still stand out looking effortlessly chic.

You don’t need to spend a million bucks on the stand-out holiday piece. There are plenty of options available at much lower prices. Most likely you probably already have something fantastic in your closet (with the tags still on it). The approach to styling the outfit is most important!

And it doesn’t matter whether your black pants are straight leg, bootcut, flared or tapered or your black skirt is a-line, pencil, pleated, etcetera, as long as it is flattering. Same goes with your black top. It can be a sweater or blouse, v-neck, scoop neck, crewneck or otherwise. Again, the only requirement is it must flatter you.

You are welcome to add one dazzling piece of jewelry to compliment the outfit, but it is not necessary for the OHW styling technique to be a super success. Of course, you can still incorporate your everyday classic gold or silver jewelry pieces.

OHW is holiday style made simple. And it is the perfect approach for last minute holiday luncheons, mid-week casual office parties or after work community gatherings.

Here are some fun and festive One Hit Wonder tops and bottoms to help take your everyday black clothes up a notch and quickly glam them up for the holidays:

Above left to right: Diane von Furstenberg Darla Top $245, Diane von Furstenberg Kallina Lilly Crepe Top $298, Cynthia Steffe Mission One Shoulder Top $245, each available at Bloomingdales.

Above left to right: Citizens of Humanity Thomson Cropped Skinny Jeans $194, BCBGMaxAzria Edna Pleated Sequins Skirt $298, both available at Bloomingdales and JCrew Café Capri in Leopard Jacquard $250, each available at JCrew.

Have I inspired you to try my One Hit Wonder styling technique for your next holiday party?

Top Image Credit, Quotation: KAS Beyonce Blouse $282, available at Bloomingdales, plus DAK 24” Christmas Ball Ornament Wreath $89.99 $59.99 available at Sears.

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  • Always great tips to keep me out of the fashion rut I can slip into…thank you!

  • Corporate Fashionista

    Absolutely my pleasure! Sometimes the simpliest styling techniques are the most effective.