Leggings - They Never Went Away - Yay!

Well, favorite readers, Thanksgiving is over and even my leftovers are finished!  Hope yours are too, because Christmas cookies are about to make an appearance and the fudge, prime rib, goose and cakes are right behind!  So how do we get through the Christmas party season stylishly but with some degree of comfort?  The answer is one hyper-trendy but totally stylish word-LEGGINGS!

Free People Chenille Leggings

Free People Chenille Leggings

Yes, I know.  You thought leggings were gone, never to return.  But I gotta tell ya, leggings are very much "in" now and they are everywhere!  The difference between then and now?  The old style had you wearing black leggings with a patterned sweater.  On trend now?  Patterned leggings with a solid sweater or tunic.  And these patterns are IDEAL for holiday parties, because they are being shown in metallics, animal prints and bold color combos sure to make you feel, and look, festive!  

Free People Byzantine Sweater Leggings

Free People Byzantine Sweater Leggings

Leggings go perfectly with today's ankle boots but for fun, try them with your over-the-knee boots!  Keep the sweater simple and go for the gusto of big hoops or statement earrings.  Looking fab AND wearing an elasticized waist?  It doesn't get any more comfortable or fun!  So wow your party pals with your great outfit, all the while knowing that you have "room" to indulge!  And remember......"trend is today, but style is forever"!!!!

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings at Nordstrom

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings at Nordstrom

Metallic Print Leggings

Metallic Print Leggings

Chictopia Suede Leggings

Chictopia Suede Leggings

Zara Metallic Leggings

Zara Metallic Leggings

Girl Crush!

OK, I admit it. I have a girl crush. On Amal Clooney. In my next life I want to live in her closet. The woman has the perfect body for clothes, perfect taste (she NEVER looks over or under dressed) and her own style which helps her carry off a variety of looks from Giambattista Valli to Chanel without looking like she’s copying anybody. Her choices are classic but on trend and her accessories are perfect complements. Who wouldn’t have a style crush?

Amal - Flawless as Usual

Amal - Flawless as Usual

Of course it never hurts to have the money to buy designer originals.  (That’s something else I’m counting on in my next life.)  But her STYLE is what attracts people.  She keeps her hair and makeup simple but polished and never uses accessories to overwhelm an  outfit.  In fact, if you look closely, there’s only ever ONE focal point of her look - either the outfit or the shoes or the bag provide a pop of color and trend but she NEVER goes head-to-toe trendy and she never uses color to detract from her outfit - only add to it.

 

  Although this is hard to imagine doing on a limited budget, take a page from Amal’s (see, we’re on a first name basis already) playbook and choose an outfit that fits perfectly (that’s what tailors are for!!!) and flatters your best features.  Next, make sure the color is flattering to your face.  Then choose accessories that accent the look without calling attention away from it, such as a neutral bag and shoes or one which picks up the colors in the outfit.  Then choose jewelry the same way - colorful if your outfit is neutral, neutral and understated if your outfit is full of detail.  You’ll find that it’s easier than you think - and more fun.  Take my advice.  Channel your inner Amal.