It's that time of year! Holiday office celebrations, open houses, cocktails, and dinner parties abound. In the last two weeks, I've had an event of some sort nearly every evening. I often find myself going directly from workday to soiree without much time to change clothes or primp for a party (and even if I had time, I absolutely hate dragging an entire wardrobe change to the office). That means choosing ensembles that do double duty: dresses or other wardrobe pieces professional enough for business hours, but festive enough for after-five frolic. This silver Frank Lyman bubble hem dress from local boutique Ginger 'n Spice does just that, especially with a few simple accessory switches and a sassy shoe swap. Suede boots get switched with strappy satin sandals; a basic belt gets traded for one with bling; and a sparkly pendant, oversized cocktail ring, and a crystal evening clutch amp up the look for apres-office cocktails. It's a transformation made in a matter of minutes, and requires only a tiny travel bag. The change is subtle, but even a small amount of added sparkle feels extra special for the Season!
A sliver of exposed shoulder also adds festive evening wear flair. The look comes courtesy of "Sleevey Wonders," which come in a variety of styles and colors. These little layering pieces slip on underneath sleevless dresses and tops to add both warmth and modesty. I'm a big fan, especially since I'm ALWAYS cold and because I don't have the Michelle Obama arms of my dreams despite my ongoing efforts to "bring it" with Tony Horton. You can find them here.Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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