Introducing: Your New Perfect Holiday Party Outfit
By Alison Blackman
What are you going to wear to holiday parties this year? If you’re like a lot of women, nothing in your closet seems quite right.
Introducing a holiday-perfect outfit from Joseph Ribkoff with a statement necklace from Carolee Jewelry and two different shoe options from Aerosoles.
This outfit is not just festive, it’s comfortable, reasonably priced, and will take you from day to evening all season long.
The Versatile Day/Night Party Dress from Joseph Ribkoff
Since 1957 Joseph Ribkoff has been creating special occasion clothing for every type of occasion, from bridal to formal dresses and separates for parties and special occasions. The brand has dressed celebrities and Miss America.
This Joseph Ribkoff 163736 Print Sheath Dress (approx $210) from the Fall-Winter 2016-17 collection is sso versatile. you wear it dressed down for daytime, glitzed up for night-time parties.
The fabric is 59% Viscose, 33% Polyester, 8% Elastane that drapes nicely over the body. The dress packs flat for travel and won’t wrinkle, but feels silky and elegant.
You can pair it with a plain jacket for day, a sparkly one (or a bolero) for a chilly evening. Accessories make it special!
Joseph Ribkoff designs for the trend-conscious woman, but with a woman’s figure in mind. I’m wearing it in the photos below and I’m not a size 8. The secret is in the styling that makes it flattering for every body type. It’s .slightly gathered and narrowed at the hip. The rounded neckline is tailor-made for statement necklaces.It is knee length (total length: 39″ approx.), flattering to most women. it is unlined and slips easily over the head.
If you’re going to be our, or dancing all night, wearing a comfortable dress is a real bonus. In these photos, I’m wearing shoes from Aerosoles that give the dress two different looks. Flambe is the strappy stiletto that zips up the back on the left, Exit Lane is the slingback pump on the right.
The dress is available in sizes 8-20. Visit http://www.josephribkoff.com/
The Statement Party Necklace From Carolee Jewelry
A special occasion dress needs an eye-catching piece of jewelry. I liked this stunning Carolee West Side Statement Frontal Drop Necklace ($110) Style #:CLN00396G030 with a modern take on classic pearls. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the Joseph Ribkoff
Like all the Carolee Jewelry, it’s beautifully crafted with an attention to detail you’d expect in much more expensive pieces. The large and small gray pearls give off a glow as you move.
The profusion of large and small gray pearls give off a glow as you move. The appointments are gold toned. A large lobster claw secures this substantial necklace that hangs from a 16-18″ adjsutable chain.
There are matching Cluster Drop Earrings ($35) but if you are wearing a busy print and a big necklace, that’s enough. Smaller earrings are a better idea. With a solid color dress they’d be lovely. Visit https://www.carolee.com
Two Chic Party Pumps From Aerosoles
No matter how perfect your outfit is, the effect is ruined if you are your shoes hurt and it shows on your face. Celebrities are touting sneakers as the “thing” to wear with red carpet fashions, but most of us can’t get away with a look that funky.
Comfort pumps may conjure up visions of your grandmother, but if they do, you haven’t checked out Aerosoles recently. I was literally shocked at how fashionable their shoes are! When I looked at the strappy “Flambe” and the elegant “Exit Lane” I didn’t even realize they were Aerosoles, at first.
Then I put them on my feet.
Aerosoles has designed pumps to take the stress off the ball of your foot so they look good, but they’re comfortable. Aerosoles Technology which means a patent-pending “Heel Rest” design exclusive to Aerosoles. It distributes your body weight toward your heel, and away from the ball of your foot. Your feet won’t burn and your back won’t ache. These shoes are honestly, so comfortable, instead of stilettos that will just sit in your closet or go to consignment when you realize you can’t wear themm Aerosoles are affordable, and you’ll actually keep wearing them!
Both of the shoes I selected (Exit Lane and Flambe) are available in size 5-12 medium. Both have Aerosoles Technology and Diamond Flex Soles with a unique diamond pattern designed to disperse friction away from the foot and also keep you from slipping. The Memory Foam Insole Comfort foam footbed and padded insole soothe and pamper your feet so you feel more like you’re wearing sneakers or slippers.
Exit Lane ($70) is a modern take on a dress shoe that can take you from the office to a cocktail party.The pointed toe is softened, and the slender 3” covered heel is dressy but walk-able. The silver side buckle is a nice touch. I selected black leather and black suede but there are other color combos with black leather including wine, blue, gray and leopard print.
Flambe ($99) is more trendy, with a sexy, zippered back, cutouts all around, plus an open toe. Add a 3: covered heel and you have the makings of instant chic! I selected black leather, but it would look flashier in metallic silver leather and more subdued in tan leather. This is a shoe you can wear all year. Visit http://www.aerosoles.com
Feminine Party Perfect Finishing Touches
This is a fashion feature, but on advicesisters.com we know that beauty and fashion are virtually inseparable. To finish your look, add a party-perfect red lipstick and a rose-scent. The rest is up to you!
A Limited Edition version of NARS’ best-selling Rita Audacious Lipstick ($32) in a fabulous limited scarlet red is silky and fabulous, and intense and slides on in a single stroke. “The perfect red lipstick is a woman’s best accessory” opines François Nars, Founder and Creative Director of @Narscosmetics. It is the lipstick of the season. Exclusively at .Sephora and Sephora.com
When you are wearing a feminine outfit like a feminine fragrance is so fitting. I selected the Jurlique Essence of Rose Roll-on Fragrance Oil ($22) a 100% natural and alcohol-free fragrance made with Jurlique’s very own organically grown Rosa Gallica. The scent is an authentic tea rose, the essence of femininity. Get it at Jurlique.com
**Many thanks to Armandos Italian restaurant 143 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 for allowing us to use the location as a backdrop for my cocktail photos Armando’s has been a fixture on Montague Street since 1936 and was a neighborhood hideaway for the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Arthurr Miller and Norman Mailer.
“photo of young woman with clothing on rack courtesy of bestkeptself.com