December 4, 2014 @ 7:32 PM
The holidays are here, which means it's time to up the ante when it comes to your wardrobe. "The clothing you choose for the holiday season can really put you in that festive spirit," says Dana Avidan-Cohn, InStyle’s senior market editor and digital correspondent. Look for dressy fabrics like brocade, metallics, and embellishments when shopping for your holiday party ensembles.
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"Other things you want to remember for the holidays, most importantly really, is that you want to feel comfortable and confident in the pieces that you choose," Avidan-Cohn points out. Watch the video above for more tips on what to wear for this festive season, plus head over to 20th.instyle.com to shop the looks (including a J. Crew gilded skirt and Sandro tuxedo jacket).
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The clothing that you choose for the holiday season can really put you in the festive spirit. It's really about finding those dressy fabrics in the right silhouette. You're looking for materials like bouquet, things with embellishment, metallic fabric. Other things you want to remember for the holidays, most importantly, really, is you want to feel comfortable and confident in the pieces that you choose. So it's really important to find silhouettes that you feel are very flattering on you, that you feel comfortable in, and then just choose a dress to your fabric. I always go with the half size when I pick an evening shoe, because nothing can ruin a night quicker than an uncomfortable heel. This season I'm looking for separates in dressy fabrics that I can mix and match. Those go to pieces that are real outfit makers, like a metallic pant, or a tuxedo jacket. The holidays are packed with events. Winter weddings, office parties, New Year's Eve, so you really want to just. Create that base wardrobe that you're gonna feel prepared for every event and you can really just enjoy yourself.