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From your end-of-year party at work, to New Year’s Eve, and everything in-between, festive fashion is—or should be—fun and frivolous. Of course, you do not want to gaudily jingle all the way, but you do not want to look drab either. We recommend the following to spice up your festive wardrobe—without looking like a Christmas tree yourself.
The LBD Reinvented
Every woman is said to need one trusty ‘Little Black Dress’ [LBD] in their wardrobe, but we maintain that you need two. One in a plain, simple cut that can be worn to anything from a daytime work function to a smart casual evening party, and one—such as the above two options—that is a little bit more avant-garde and makes you feel a little bit more sexy. Such an LBD is perfect for striking the balance between tacky and tedious.
Many women shy away from wearing red or green around Christmas, but, as Mrs Claus can attest to, there is nothing quite like a pop of red to make your style festive. Of course, Mrs Claus’ commitment to the colour is somewhat more than a pop, and we would not recommend you go that route, but we would recommend a red clutch or sexy red heel, such as Amelia by OBI Cymatica. Women likewise tend to avoid glitter, sequins, sparkle and mirror ball silver around New Years, as the incorporation of such into one’s festive season wardrobe is such a cliché. We however maintain that a little bit of gleam is necessary in proper a festive outfit, and thus recommend a metallic clutch or shoe [such as the above by Nine West, which also comes in a darker ‘black metallic’] as the perfect solution.
Satin and Sheer
Cutterier by Laz Yani [Image Credit: SAFW]
With a reinvented LBD and accent accessories, you should be all set with your festive fashion look, but if you are one for balls and galas, an LBD and accent piece may just not cut it. Insofar evening wear and gowns are concerned, David Tlale and Laz Yani are the best of the best.
Festive Fashion for Men
For unique, highly stylish festive [or year-round] men’s fashion, we recommend South African menswear label CSquared. The brand offers both casual and formalwear for men, but we deem their formalwear to be particularly excellent.
What look will you be rocking this festive season? Let us know in the comments below!
Words by Illona Meyer
The STREAM AFRICA Team