Great Looks for Formal Holiday Gatherings by Anya Sarre

While looking great is important for stylish women all the time, during the holidays we all want to add a little something extra to make our outfits memorable. Of course, making sure to wear clothing that fits and feels comfortable will go a long way toward making a lasting impression, but at holiday time a woman should accessorize with some additional sparkle to accentuate her confident attitude.

For formal affairs this holiday season, the popular maxi dress will deliver chic looks and appreciative glances. Solid colors such as classic black or holiday burgundy are particularly posh. Be sure to remember the climate when selecting your evening attire. Long-sleeved maxi dresses are much warmer than those with slinky tops. If you find a sleeveless or strapless gown you absolutely must wear, try pairing it with a shimmery wrap or gold-cropped jacket. You don’t want to spend a chilly evening shivering over a glass of mulled wine, so dress for comfort and strut your style with confidence.

Once you’ve found that perfect dress, it’s time to accessorize. Holiday season 2012 is all about the sparkle, so it’s okay to get a little carried away with fabulous jewelry choices! Dangly earrings trickling with sparkling stones provide an ideal frame for your face. Pair them with a simple solitaire necklace and a stunning metalwork cuff. If earrings aren’t your thing, add some bling with a beautiful layered necklace in silver or white gold, perhaps set with twinkling white or red jewels. Even if you are wearing a maxi dress that you already had in your closet, a new piece of jewelry will add new life to the look.

Of course, you can’t forget the shoes. High-heeled pumps go great with a maxi dress. Since you’re dressing with holiday flair, pick a pair with a bit of sparkle. If super high heels just aren’t comfortable enough, loose the height and keep the shimmer in a brilliant pair of ballerina flats studded with rhinestones or other sparkly embellishments.

To look your best at holiday gatherings this year, pick a wardrobe standard and dress it up with a little sparkle and shine. When you are comfortable and confident in your holiday attire, holiday cheer will radiate around you. What better time is there than the winter holidays to let your inner diva shine?

Anya Sarre is one of Hollywood’s most influential trendsetters. A nationally recognized celebrity stylist,Sarre is known for her impeccable eye and ability to tie any look together with the perfect accessory. Named “Best Television Fashion Stylist” for her appearances on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider and countless other media outlets, Sarre is the go-to fashion expert for Hollywood’s biggest celebrities.