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One Dress, Three Ways

Posted Dec 14 2010 3:20pm
Believe it or not, Christmas is a week from Friday. That means that the festive holiday season, or the 'holiday roll' as friends deemed it years ago, is well under way and will last through New Year's Day. What that means is that our wardrobe will begin working overtime to make it to all the parties, luncheons and get-togethers that happen in a very short period of time. If you haven't' already, I want to help you start planning your outfits now so you're not rushing around at the last minute, reaching for the ubiquitous (but B-O-R-I-N-G) 'little black dress'. Why not try something with a little more color to brighten up your look? Turns out color can be just as versatile as black, and here are three different looks to prove it.

We gave this gorgeous dress in a luscious purple three different spins. Substitute your favorite style (or color) dress and see how far you can go with a classic, even in a vibrant hue!

This look is perfect for a dressier occasion such as a cocktail party or the annual office holiday party. Instead of black as the focus, it's the accent color, adorned with crystals, studs and beading to create a play on texture. The beaded sweater is pretty worn on top of the dress, or substitute a pretty shawl for a more classic look.

Try adding a metallic touch and see how you'll sparkle! These sassy, strappy heels have some great detail, while providing a very sophisticated look. Add a pretty beaded belt in lieu of a necklace (very unexpected) and grab this fab leopard print metallic clutch. For added punch, top it off with this stunning pewter jacket for a shot of urban chic. A pashmina or shawl would give this ensemble a more feminine touch.

This third grouping is my favorite! It dresses the purple dress down a bit and takes it to a cocktail party, your child's school open house or to a friends' home for dinner. The boots add a sexy touch and the necklace and clutch put a funky spin on it. I couldn't resist adding two options - both a jacket and a sweater - for two different looks. I love this fitted denim jacket with waistline detail for a funkier night out (dancing 'til dawn!) or top the dress of with this cozy cardigan with ribbon detail for a night of caroling or a cookie exchange.

See how easy it is? You don't always have to reach for black. Just have a fabulous alternative in your closet, ready at a moment's notice, and you'll soon find yourself moving beyond the little black dress.
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