If there’s one benefit of the hyperdrive pace of the fashion seasons (pre-spring, spring, pre-fall, fall, couture, resort, cruise!), it’s the constant stream of new ideas I can incorporate into my wardrobe, regardless of the temperature outside. And while ogling the flood of crisp pinstripes and featherweight dresses making its way down the runway may be a bit counterproductive when I’ve just figured out what coat to buy for fall (hey, I live in L.A. — fall weather has yet to take hold and when it does, the chill will go well into April), it also provides an opportunity for fresh combinations you may not have considered. Take the spring 2016 collections, for example. Yes, there was no shortage of looks probably best worn six months from now (or in year-round warmer climates), but there were also interesting accessorizing ideas that you can try now, just in time to figure out what to wear to all those holiday parties.
And it’s not just the spring runways — the fall/winter runways were replete with accessorizing ideas that weren’t exactly wearable for every day, but are finally do-able for this season of soirées. Herewith, my favorite dress-up trends I’m going to try out this holiday.
Don a choker
Choker necklaces were all over the spring 2016 runways, from chunky statement styles to sculptural pieces. Paired with a deep v-neck or even a strapless dress, a choker surprisingly transforms any look, drawing the eye up and adding a bit of edge. Even better? You can wear this look with sweaters, jackets — anything really — well into warmer weather. Call me officially obsessed.
Pair thigh-high boots with a skirt
From knee-length to maxis with slits, pencil skirts to frilly handkerchief hems, thigh-high boots aren’t just for the blustery outdoors. When paired with a more feminine dress or skirt, the fall must-have instantly screams “fashion,” a stand-out from your typical strappy-heel crowd. The queen of this look, of course, is my style hero, Margaret Zhang. (She’s been wearing the choker look for months now — can I just please have her wardrobe already?)
Decorate your hair
Last, but not least, perhaps the easiest way to dress up your holiday look is to add to your hair the bling you’d normally wear elsewhere. Estate-look jewels and hair accessories were all over the fall runways and while pretty to look at, probably not something you’d incorporate into your everyday look. Now’s your opportunity to show off that vintage brooch without looking like an eccentric grandma — just pin it to your messy chignon or hold down a top-knot ponytail à la Prada.