Haute for the Holidays 4

Planning for the holiday season is more than seeking out that perfect recipe or the ideal gift for your favorite mother-in-law. Every time we turn around, it seems like there’s another day to celebrate. It’s no wonder we’re all stressed out deliberating over life’s most minor decisions.

Break up the monotony while the world around us seemingly clings to the hustle and bustle. Strike the right balance and add a touch of visually pleasing style to your holiday conundrums before it’s time to ring in the New Year. 

Although fashion seems to repeat itself, in many ways, designers have created ways to squelch uniformity and modernize the way Mom used to dress. Keep it simple and make a statement with just one piece to rework your chic. This season’s most sought-after designers reinvent glamourous vintage and romantic silhouettes, offering no shortage of shine and shapes. Ruth Shaw advises us on how best to persevere through this holiday, making it another one to remember.  

SELF-PORTRAIT NAVY 
EMBROIDERY CUT-OUT ONE-SHOULDER 
MIDI DRESS, $595

Step it up in the style department this holiday season with Self-Portrait, a designer collection of ready-to-wear artfully inspired options. Malaysian native Han Chong of Self-Portrait nails it in this classic navy, one-shoulder lacy silhouette with a sheer trim waistband that fits through the bodice. Fresh and floral with a contemporary feel, Marcia is red carpet ready for the flash of a camera around every corner. People talk while you walk, so make clear-cut choices for those last-minute party invites.

DOROTHEE SCHUMACHER SEQUIN PYTHON OR 
SOLID GOLD SKIRT, $560; 
VERONICA BEARD IVORY SWEATER WITH GOLD 
BUTTON, $395 

‘Tis the season to sparkle. Dorothee Schumacher appropriately glitters it best in this sequin two-for-one figure-flattering pencil Sparkle skirt. Leg lengthening in a python-inspired design, it makes for a bold statement in one direction. With one swipe of the hand against the two-toned sequins, find yourself in the high shine district going for solid gold, baby.  

Go cozy on top with Veronica Beard’s classically charming merino wool crew-neck sweater. Fashion repeats itself with her addition of gold crest-embossed buttons and the dramatic leg-of-mutton sleeves to easily hide holiday sins. Cheers to a holiday you may, or may not, remember!

JULIE VOS BYZANTINE HINGED CUFF WITH AQUAMARINE ENDCAPS AND MOTHER-OF-PEARL ACCENTS, $330; 
ERDEM BABY BLUE MARABOU 
FEATHERED CHUBBY, $2470

Holidays are for indulging so why not invest in fashion to avoid the freeze? London-based fashion mogul Erdem Moralioglu so Swedishly suggests statement outerwear in baby blue marabou, reimagined for perfected party dressing. 
 

Crafted in a fresh palette of color this season, Erdem creates a powerful feminine topper, ideal for layering for those glam selfies. Luxury pervades in this voluminous chubby, lined in silk and secured with red satin ribbon. 

Blingwise and trending now, it’s time to empower yourself with artful arm candy. Marcia simply adorns with a Byzantine hinged cuff with mother-of-pearl accents and aquamarine endcaps by Julie Vos.