Joseph Ungoco for Second City Style Magazine
As the Opera season and the endless swirl of holiday parties begins, many of you may be fretting over how to stretch your fashion dollars and still maintain a full schedule of fashionable winter frivolity. After all, you don’t want to be that woman wearing the exact same thing in every party page picture. For longtime LBD aficionados and an aspiring accessories editor or two, the answer is simple – accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! I’ve taken some of the guess work out of weaving the season’s hottest trends into your holiday wardrobe and I’ve assembled my top picks here.
If you’re wondering what’s new in LBDs, the answer is “everything”. Just about any look you might want is available in a short black cocktail version. Go for the classic Givenchy for Audrey Hepburn style if you want to invest in a classic. Choose a blousy one-shoulder version from Halston Heritage if you your style is a little more boho or vintage. As for my personal opinion? Why not combine two of the season’s hottest trends into one? Jean Paul Gaultier’s one-shoulder coat dress combines the bare shoulder with the tuxedo look and will be just as jawdropping up close at a little downtown soiree or from afar at an uptown red carpet event.
Dressing up the LBD has never been easier. Start with the statement necklaces, bangles, and supersize cocktail rings you’ve been collecting since Sex and the City: The Movie. That alone should get you through a half dozen events! Next, “merchandise” it up with bags, shoes, and gloves. If you’re an animal print or exotic skin fan, you probably already have this season’s Miss Lady satin clutch by Dolce and Gabbana or a metallic crocodile clutch from Nancy Gonzales. Alexander McQueen’s blood red patent leather evening clutch features a gilt skull knuckleduster handle. For the girly-girls out there, Valentino’s lace bow clutch is the must-have of the season. My personal favorite is a little more esoteric. Maison Martin Margiela, purveyor of luxury goods coveted by fashionistas worldwide, offers a feathered shoulder bag – that doubles as a muff!
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