Holiday wardrobe

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

DAYS leading up to the holidays are usually met with yearend deadlines and last-minute shopping trips for gifts. It’s a whirlwind of rushing, party-planning and other holiday brouhaha that often leads to coming up with an excuse for doing away with style.

That should not be the case, though, says stylist Alexa Martin. Regardless of age, dressing up for holiday occasions, whether formal or otherwise, is actually as easy as one-two-three.

Alexa gathered three ladies coming from different age groups and donned them in attires that are fitting of their respective ages, that are easy to put together, and most of all, resonate the cheery sparkle of this season.

For the 20s age group, Alexa chose a beaded blue-gray chiffon sleeveless dress and paired it with silver slim bangles, classic black pumps and a blue glittery minaudière (evening clutch bag). “This outfit is perfect for ladies in their 20s because it is romantic and youthful,” Alexa said. “Aside from chiffon, ladies in this age range can also go for dainty lace designs.”

Holiday wardrobe
DIFFERENT GENERATIONS, DIFFERENT STYLES. Stylist Alexa Martin shows how women of different age groups can look extra fabulous for the holiday season.

While for ladies in their 30s, Alexa chose a monotone, short-length shimmer dress.

“This is suitable for office Christmas parties,” she said. “But remember if you’re going for a shorter dress length, then always balance your look by choosing a dress that has long sleeves.”

Another tip Alexa had for ladies in their 30s is that they should “choose a garment that has minimal embellishment.” She said, “Steer clear from over-the-top sequined dress and voluminous designs as they don’t look age appropriate.”

For the 40s ensemble, Alexa played with neutrals by combining an elegant snake-print tunic dress with gold accessories and taupe ankle-strap heels. “Dresses in muted colors are wonderful to have as they instantly make the wearer look chic and stylish,” she said.

Alexa also advised that women above 40 should stick to simple silhouettes and stay away from articles of clothing that will make them look heavy or matronly. A solid-colored shift dress adorned with a statement neck piece works too, she said, and not only is it perfect for holiday soirees but it will also make the wearer look “slimmer.”

Lastly, in choosing the perfect clutch bag to complement the ensemble, it’s all about balance. “If you’re wearing an ultra embellished dress, select a plain clutch bag in the same shade as your dress. While frocks with simple designs will look fabulous when paired with a sparkly minaudière,” Alexa said.

“Gold and silver clutch bags are safe choices because they go with almost everything,” she added.

That said, looking fabulous in holiday gatherings should no longer be a hassle nor time-consuming. Using the aforementioned tips as foundation, you’ll be spending less time in the dressing room and more time celebrating. Enjoy!

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 20, 2013.


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