Do we all see holiday party season looming? Brings to mind driving at night in the desert, when the sun begins to rise at the end of your road. Except, less poetic. Less cold too, I suppose.
I digress. Let’s talk about avoiding the too-bare. What if you don’t care for sleeveless, strapless, or virtually skirtless outfits? Today’s minis warrant a new definition of what counts as clothing. What if either your age or your management role call for a touch of discretion?
“But,” you say, “I don’t want to show up as the Dowdy Dowager either!” No polyester satin bolero in your future? Not to worry. The strategy below is quite simple and classic, but worth recalling right about now.
- Find some sequins
- Add something else tailored
- Don the highest comfortable heels you’ve got – nothing’s worth foot pain say the Sturdy
- Adopt the 2/3 jewelry strategy, i.e. necklace+earrings or bracelet+earrings or bracelet+necklace for those without pierced ears
- Make your face up with nude lip and smokey eye or red lip and neutral face
Voilà. Fait accompli. Add a third French phrase of your choice and to the fête you go. Here’s my version of Sparkle with Discretion.
Full details are at Polyvore as always, but this is a stretch sequin pencil skirt by AllSaints, a black stretch button-front by Old Navy (double-stretch is key to the season – see “Food and Drink”), and Simple 70 pumps from Christian Louboutin. I acquired the gold earrings and white and yellow gold bangles over decades notable for attraction to shiny objects.
One could, just as easily and profitably, throw on a sequin tee over satin wide leg trousers or velvet/leather skinnies.
To cover up, I’ll wear a 30-year old black velvet smoking jacket, by Jaeger. I bought it in London when I was young but knew more about fashion than men. Those more daring, younger, or who know more about men even now, might try a motorcycle jacket.
Here come the Western holidays, everyone. Let us band together and vow to enjoy them on our own terms of sparkle.