The Boston Globe's annual Holiday Style issue of the Globe Magazine comes out this Sunday, and while we can only give you a sneak peek of what's to come, we decided to give you four style tips picked up on set that can help kick start party season:
The ability of a great shoe or a statement necklace to elevate last year's little black dress is obviously undeniable, but don't underestimate the power of novelty tights and stockings to raise your reruns to a new level. I love the giant polka dot pair we used on the shoot from Kate Spade, but these black sheers (both $32) that read "Cha cha cha" up the back are easily my favorites for the party season.
We were smitten with the great range of budget-friendly party dresses on the market this season, but nothing adds that necessary layer of luxury like a fur stole, faux or not. Post-party season, bring your stole to a tailor and have them stitch it to the collar of an old wool coat. You'll find yourself feeling warm and fuzzy all over again.
Ruby red lips aren't the only way to get in the spirit this season, so don't feel pressured to give into the soiree staple. Pretty pink cheeks (or as I like to say: wind kissed) practically scream holiday and leave room for a bold hue frock and footwear to shine. I'm a big fan of Benefit's Bella Bamba blusher ($27 at Sephora), a sheer pink with a hint of shimmer for cheekbones that pop on camera.
Don't be afraid to dip into your work wardrobe for party pieces. Those meticulously tailored trousers from your interview days of yore can look pretty darn sharp when paired with the right festive top, while your standby black blazer may turn out to be just the right topper for a sleeveless dress that needs an extra layer.
The Globe Magazine Holiday Style issue will be in this Sunday's (Nov. 18) Boston Globe. Don't forget to pick up a copy for our full holiday fashion spread, gift guides by neighborhood, and more.
[Photographs by Sadie Dayton; Styling by Rachel Raczka; Hair and Makeup by Mariolga/Team; Model: Pauline, Fenton Moon]