Thursday, December 10, 2015

HoliDAY to Night

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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