The Ultimate Dress Guide For The Holiday Season

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The holiday season is a busy one, with so many parties to attend, relatives to visit, and dates to look forward to. This means there are plenty of opportunities to dress up! However, your demanding schedule may leave you with little time to prepare for each party, which could be a big problem if you’re in a hurry. Deciding on what to wear can take time, so it becomes a toss-up between arriving extremely late or looking frumpy.

To help you along, we’ve put together different festive looks as well as style tips that you can use for the holiday season.

Top three combos

Three basic ensembles can work for most holiday parties: a cocktail dress, a long skirt-fitted top combo, and a slacks-and-top pair. A cocktail dress in red, black, gold, silver, or jewel tones will make you look stunning in any party, especially if it has glitzy details or a metallic finish. You can choose to dress it up with accessories or keep it simple with only a dress watch. A little black dress can serve for most occasions, because you can easily alter the entire look with just a few accessories.

You can also go for a floor-length skirt coupled with a tank top and worn with ballet flats. Alternatively, you can use a pair of tailored black slacks or dress pants and match it with a close-fitting top, preferably one with festive details such as sequins or ruffles.

Glam it up with accessories

Everyone’s dressed up during a holiday party, so to really stand out, you can glam things up with accessories and costume jewelry. However, don’t try to pile everything up on your person, as too much can be too tacky. Follow these stylish combinations instead:

  • Top or dress with deep neckline – a mini bag on a long chain and a wide statement necklace will give you that smooth, Bond Girl look
  • Pullover sweater and cardigan – go all-out vintage with an antique brooch, a vintage clutch, and small rhinestone earrings make you look dainty and sweet
  • Open-backed dress with your hair up – a simple satin clutch, a wrist cuff, and statement chandelier earrings exude a tough but feminine appeal
  • Modest neckline with your hair down – a sequined clutch, a simple necklace and a statement cocktail ring give off that girl-next-door look with attitude

Keep it fun with stockings

Wearing dresses, especially corset dresses in winter can be torture because of the cold. An option is to wear leggings, tights, or stockings underneath the dress. For that festive feel, go for tights in colorful patterns and quirky colors. Be adventurous and try on black lace nylons, burnished gold hose, rhinestone-embellished hose, and of course, classic black fishnet stockings to go with your corset dress.

Bundle up with a jacket

A well-made, tailored jacket is something that you can wear over any outfit, something that can also keep you warm as you go party hopping throughout the holidays. The best examples of classic jackets for holiday wear include long velvet coats, faux fur capes, and black waist-length jackets.

Accessorize Your Wedding Attire with a Stunning Bridal Handbag

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If there’s one day when you want to look stunning, it’s your wedding day. You also want to be practical on this busy day. You probably would like to carry a few needful things along so you’ll have them on-hand as you prepare for the reception or as you drive away into the sunset with your beloved. Bridal handbags are both stunning and practical for this very purpose.

Bridal handbags, or wedding purses, come in all shapes and sizes with many dashing designs, and with just enough room to carry those small personal items such as touch-up powder, eye liner, lipstick, deodorant, a comb or brush, keys, handkerchiefs, or maybe even a little spare change! After the wedding, there are always photos, reception food and drink, and a time of fellowship with family and friends. A bridal handbag allows you to carry a few things along to touch up your hair and makeup as you make the transition from the wedding to the reception.

Types of Bridal Handbags

Bridal handbags are usually very small and easy to carry. They may be decorated with sequins, beads, crystals, lace, ribbons, miniature tassels, or precious stones. Wedding handbags are usually made of materials such as satin, silk, nylon, or polyester.

There are three basic styles of handbags for brides: clutch, fancy, and structured. Clutch bridal purses are typically made of silk or satin, have an inner lining, and do not have straps or handles. Fancy handbags are usually made with elegant designs embellished with precious stones, crystals, or beads. They also come with decorated handles made of metal or cloth with optional shoulder straps. Structured wedding handbags have a stable bottom and are usually made of satin, silk, nylon, or polyester. They also usually have handles and clasps made of metal.

Accentuate Your Wedding Dress

Bridal handbags are a great accessory for your wedding attire. Choose a bridal purse that matches or complements your dress, jewelry, tiara, and wedding shoes. The handbag should be made of the same or similar material as your dress and have similar patterns and designs. If your dress has lace and white pearls, find a wedding purse decorated with lace and white pearls (or beads that resemble pearls).

Choose a bridal handbag that fits your style and your figure. The handbag should be easy to handle and not too large. You don’t want to attract too much attention to your wedding purse. It shouldn’t stand out, but it should blend with your other attire. It should add a touch of elegance without dominating the reception photos.

Wedding Handbags as Bridesmaid Gifts

Wedding handbags can also be ordered to match the dresses of bridesmaids and given as gifts from the bride. Choose handbags that your bridesmaids can use for other occasions, not only at the wedding. Every woman and girl loves a new handbag, so these make excellent gifts!

If you’re not sure where to shop for bridal handbags, you can find a variety of styles online along with other wedding accessories such as tiaras, ring cushions, jewelry, and more. Use these tips to find a lovely bridal handbag for your special day!