12-9-19 MY GIFT TO YOU: Festive Style Tips

December 9, 2019, 1:53 pm by MSP

My Gift To You: Festive Style Tips


Since it's the season of giving and I've been so blessed by your support and continued positive comments; I would like to thank you all. 


It's my turn-to give back to you. So, I've put together a list festive style tips just in time for the holidays!  


From festive-casual to dressy holiday looks, I've got outfit ideas to help you get your festive look just right. 


Warm wishes and holiday blessings to you and your family! Love, Leslie MSP 



With the arrival of the holiday season, we often find ourselves (sometimes, quite unexpectedly) with an occasion we need to dress for. Instead of being excited about dressing up, we panic.

No need to worry you won’t be dressed appropriately. Why? Because you’ve got MissusSmartyPants sharing outfit suggestions for dressing festive.

This is my holiday gift to YOU! 

Print out or save (in your Control Journal) these festive tips. I’ll bet you have most of these items already in your closet!!!
Casual-Festive Style Ideas:
If you are entertaining at your home or going to an informal get-together, keep comfort as well as style in mind. (You don’t want a long necklace get in the way of food-prep or be stuck in a pair of hard-to-stand-in shoes for hours on end.) Here’s how to incorporate style and comfort into your casual-festive attire:
Ready-set-go! Pant sets in velour (or other stretch fabrics) help you look festive and be comfortable too. A pretty sequined shell peeking out from underneath dresses up your comfy set.

Go dark. Wear dark jeans or trouser denims (the dark wash is a dressier choice in denim) with a comfortable ankle booties or slip-ons, top it off with a rich jewel-colored sweater and a glitzy necklace (or earrings).
Add a feminine touch. Wear a stretch lace blouse with dressy black velvet (or corduroy) pants; add colorful chandelier earrings and black suede flats.

Go wide. Wear palazzo (wide-flared) pants with beaded ballet flats. Add a pretty  jewel-toned sweater (like the red one gifted to me from Coldwater Creek, below). Consider a skinny belt in the same color as the sweater to keep your look balanced and your sweater body skimming.

Tie one on. Add a colorful (festive red perhaps) long scarf as a belt and wear a crisp white blouse, along with basic black pants from your wardrobe. An easy, yet smashing look every time!


Dressy-Festive Style Ideas:
Create dressy-festive looks by starting with a dressy dress or a palazzo pant (a loose-cut pant silhouette) in luxe chiffon or jersey-knit fabrics. Wear strappy heels (even if they are only 1”). Remember you want to wear dressier shoes; but they should be comfortable enough you will enjoy your evening out. Try one of these dressy-festive outfits:
Got LBD? This is fashionista talk for “Little Black Dress”. By the way, your dress  doesn’t have to be black, either. Wear a simple dress (in any dark solid color) and wear it as the backdrop for sparkly standout jewelry. LBD fabrics should be matte jersey, velvet, gabardine or satin. It’s up to you to add the “glitz” with the accessories you choose!

Palazzo-puluza. This is a figure-friendly style of dressy pant (palazzos are full-cut) they will keep your legs warm and match up well with a sequined top and strappy heels. *Remember to wear a body skimming top when you have full-cut pant on.

Sparkle and shine. A basic shell with dazzling beading or a cardigan with sparkly sequins gives off festive vibes. Finish it off with palazzo pants or a simple A-line or pencil skirt in black and pumps to match.

It’s a shoe-in. Add a touch of shimmer to your shoes. Try either a funky flat or a beaded shoe at least 2” heels. Remember shoes should be an accessory that goes with the outfit—not competes with it. When making fancy (or bright) shoes a focal point, the rest of the outfit should remain on the simple side.

Up-do chic. Try a new way with your hair. Try wearing your hair up or half pulled up. Even a rhinestone clip will do or this season’s sparkly headband. Add a little shimmer powder to skin that is exposed for an extra special look.

Look underneath. Wear a camisole under a shrug or jacket, or wear the cami bare—if you dare! A touch of feminine lace is pretty when peeking under a mens-wear jacket too.

It’s a wrap. Add a soft wrap or plush velvet jacket to any basic dress or pant. Of course black matches everything, but also consider rich colors like burgundy, or deep red that are so popular this season.

Go bold, go gold. A bold linked gold necklace will add unexpected richness to anything you wear!

Bedazzing and bejeweled. Lucite jewels in rich vibrant colors are eye-catching! Look for stretch bracelets, necklaces or chandelier earrings to match the color of your dress!

Finish it right. Your evening bag should be complementary to your dress in both fabric and color. A clutch works best for dressy events. If your dress is the main focal point— your handbag should blend right in. On the other hand, if your dress is simple and understated, play up your purse!

Besides basic black. There are many deep jewel-tone dresses to choose from besides basic black. Colors like amethyst purple, sapphire blue, emerald green, burgundy and cranberry red. Whatever color you do choose, it should bring out the color of your eyes (matching your dress to your eye color has a gorgeous effect!)


Tis the season to sparkle...and this festive red sweater will be in regular rotation this season!





Holiday Don’ts:
1. Putting on the glitz. It’s best to keep the glitz to a minimum. Of course the holiday season is time to wear sparkle and glitz...but a bit of sparkle goes a long way. Be careful where you put your sparkle! Sparkle and shine naturally draws the eye to that area on your body—be sure this is an area that you want to highlight.

2. Mass confusion. When you wear a plaid shirt, then top it off with matching earrings, necklace and then add a sparkly belt and gold shoes—you simply have too much going on! Keep it simple. A simple black dress with matching shoes and a beautiful focal point necklace is more effective and stylish!

3. Get it right. Find out ahead of time what the dress requirements are for the party you are attending. Is it business casual, cocktail attire, or dressy casual?  Your best bet is a classic, yet basic outfit (or dress) that can be easily be dressed up or down. No matter what the “dress code” is--you will look great every time!

4. Too much on display. Often women get an invitation to a party, and feel they need to over-expose (thigh-high skirts and massive cleavage) to look alluring. This is not true! In fact, you run the risk of becoming a fashion victim. Consider showing a little shoulder or collarbone. These areas often look great on women of all ages. Less is more. It’s always best to leave a little to the imagination!


5. Don’t do the “red & green” theme. Don’t do it! Please do not ever wear red and green together at the same time! You can wear either one with black or winter white (cream) or gold—this will keep your style classy.

6. It’s in the bag. The right handbag completes your outfit. This is not to time to use your everyday handbag…nothing ruins your festive look faster! If you spend money on dressy clothes (or put together something fabulous from your closet)—invest a few dollars in a glitzy evening bag! You can pick up a great inexpensive clutch at any “big-box” store for next to nothing!
And just one last piece of advice…don’t make it complicated! Women have a way of overcomplicating everything including the holidays. Keep it simple…you don’t need to do everything! You have my permission to pick and choose what matters. If you run short on time, simply wear a basic A-line dress or dressy separates and add some fun sparkle with your accessories!

Warm blessings to you this holiday season...


Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. If you are not yet a MissusSmartyPants SYSter in style, I invite you to join us. It’s a perfect time to start your style journey as the year comes to an end and a new one begins! Remember, you always have access to the last four weeks of style articles and shopping guides (specific to your body type) along with "The Must Have Basics For Your Wardrobe" (the list of what to have in your wardrobe and how to get started with your style makeover) + the current styles and trend guides for the season.