Colleen Carlisle: I Spy Style


Hot Holiday Season Style

The Best Trends For This Year's Festivities

I often joke that I wear the same black pants and black tee for every event, I just change up my accessories. In reality, it’s not far off! And it's okay!

I love a pair of pants that fit properly. So, if I find something that works, I like to stick with it. I figure a pair of black pants are simple enough that I can work the rest of the outfit around them.

But these are the holidays! And I want to wear fun things! Pieces I buy to wear once - maybe twice, if they’re lucky. There’s no reason I can’t stick with my old standards and amp up the fun by working in some of Holiday 2011’s best trends.

Black and Blue (shown above)

How much am I loving Navy Blue these last few season? I can't even tell you. I can't stop buying navy things! Long considered a fashion taboo, mixing rich navy with classic black is an unexpected and welcome combo for the holidays.

Tory Burch has combined the two in a few of her holiday cocktail dresses and I think it looks just divine. While I realize her price point (these range from $450 to $595) is out of reach for most, it’s nice to know I can emulate this look easily. What about adding a pair of navy satin pumps to your favourite LBD? Or a navy satin shirt under a classic black tuxedo style suit? This is a pairing I can get behind.

Texture Overload

I love the texture on the runways this time of year. I adore luxurious fabrics like tweed and boucle and brocades and fur and leather. Fold in some sequins for this season of sparkle and you’re covered! Dolce & Gabbana showed them with this incredible cashmere coat with a fur trim.

For just $39, you can pair Joe Fresh leggings (above right) with a navy tunic or cowl-neck sweater and you’ve crossed off two trends in one!

If you are opting for sequins, I’d keep your other accessories to a minimum. You don’t want to be overpowering. It’s all about the contrast of the shimmery little glimmers next to the earthy knit.

The addition of a shrug sweater or cropped jacket dresses up my old standby outfit as well. Pick one in a cuddly exotic print like this one from Banana Republic or a gorgeous metallic brocade like this cropped jacket from Anthropologie.

Get into Slippers

Not exactly a “holiday trend” but there’s nothing worse than arriving at a great cocktail party only to have to remove your shoes because they’re wet and sloppy or the hostess has just installed some fragile exotic hardwood flooring.

Socked feet just don’t do it for me! And they certainly do nothing for your outfit. Why not tote along an adorable pair of flats to wear while you’re at the party? Your tootsies will stay warm and your back may even thank you!

I love these Kate Spade Franca’s or Steve Madden’s leopard, both about $100. It’s the bow. It’s like a little present to yourself!

Gild the Lily

Nothing updates a perfect black tee like a gorgeous piece of jewelry. Stella & Dot's Pegasus with metal feathers individually stitched onto a silk bib, or the Madeleine necklace’s delicate chain alternating with pearls and sparkly pave balls. It’s like a party around your neck!

Rent it and Forget it

Perhaps your holiday party is one that requires a little more than my standard uniform of pants and a tee. New holiday styles are up at everyday and we still have our very own discount code: YUMMUM2011 This is the time of year to use it! You’ll get 15% off your rental! I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me. So I’ll show you:

Looking for holiday inspiration? Visit the YMC Holiday Guide to find everything from sweet treats and delicious dishes to DIY décor and favourite family movies. If it’s holiday related, you’ll find it here.