Stylish Dressing for the Holidays

It’s as Easy as Snap, Sparkle, Pop!

Planning to wear your go-to LBT (little black dress) for parties and gatherings this holiday season? Yearning to put your prettiest foot forward without breaking the bank? With the myriad of ways to spike the style meter on any wardrobe basic these days, we say yes to the dress – and more!

Sparkle Notes

The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan would be thrilled to see the options available for upping the bling factor and elegantly standing out at any soiree this season.

Delicate rhinestone, crystal, lace and pearl headbands are everywhere and instantly create a romantic look. These vintage-inspired accessories are all the rage.

Decorous headbands come in a multitude of looks, but the underlying factor is decidedly feminine and elegant. Wear them to sleek back your tresses or as an accent when wearing your hair in the currently popular ‘tuck and cover’ hairstyle. Pinterest is filled with ideas to pull of this lovely hair accessory. Search for “sparkly headbands” and prepare to be dazzled.

Go Big or Go Home

There’s no shortage of gorgeous statement necklaces, bracelets and belts to help you take it up a notch on the look-at-me scale. Classically tailored dresses, tops and suits look extra-special and unique with these beauties. Statement accessories come in all shapes and sizes and are a budget-friendly way of adding serious style to your look.

Bows and Baubles for Your Feet

Peep-toe shoes never seem to go out of style and make any outfit a little more ‘modern retro.’ Be sure your toes look their best with a fresh pedicure before stepping out in any open toe shoe or sandal. Prefer your comfy pumps? Try clipping on a pair of shoe clips for a touch of extra flair. These ingenious little beauties come in a variety styles – from ornate bows and flowers to more sedate gold and silver buckles.

A Pop of Color Never Hurts

Quickly and easily bring cheer to any outfit by adding a pop of color. A beautiful silk scarf in persimmon makes a camel colored coat look downright stunning. Or look like a million bucks in that understated black or gray dress by accessorizing with anything the color of your eyes. You’ll look lively and fun and your eyes will sparkle.

Details… Details

Finish off your holiday look with a manicure in this year’s Color of the Year: marsala. This rich hue looks good on everyone regardless of whether you like your nails long or short. Bring luster to your locks by spritzing on a hair shine product just before you walk out the door. Make sure your shoes are shined (buffing sponges are easily found at local stores). A smoky eye works well in dim light, and you’ll be sure to glow when powdering your nose, neck and décolletage with a pretty pink shimmer powder.

Marla Smith is the fashion ambassador for women over 45 and is passionate about helping them through the transitions of life. For information, visit or email