Festive frocks

Whether it’s an office party, a charitable special event, or formal family dinner, chances are you’ll be getting dressy this holiday season.

What are the best looks for 2018 celebrations?

December is the perfect time to channel your inner elf and wear velvet, faux fur, and satin. At other times of the year, these lux fabrics can look out of place, but they are stand-outs for holiday parties.

Velvet is a popular fabric for winter dresses and skirts. A new trend this season is wide leg velvet pants. They look great with a simple top and boots, and the bonus is how comfortable and cozy they are to wear.

Thanks to its softness and drape, satin is often styled into flowing tops and pussy-bow blouses. This is a great traditional look for the holidays.

Or try a different look in satin and riff on the wildly popular kimono trend. Dress up a long kimono with a skirt or leggings underneath and belt it at the waist to create a dress.

If you want to invest in a piece you’ll wear again and again, consider a sequinned jacket or blazer. For a dressy affair, pair it with elegant black pants or over a sheath dress. For a casual look, wear it with denim and a simple t-shirt.

Another unique and cozy holiday look is to pair a glitzy long skirt with a chunky knit sweater.

Double your festive quotient by choosing any of these pieces in seasonal colours of red, green, and gold.

Want to join in the holiday spirit but not the fancy type?

You can go the completely unglamorous route with an ugly Christmas sweater. These acrylic monstrosities are available at many local novelty stores. Bonus points for ones that make noises and light up.

If new clothing is not on your holiday wishlist, you can always add seasonal sparkle to an outfit with accessories. Green jewelled earrings or red shoes with an LBD creates a dramatic and classic Christmas look. 

Happy Holidays!


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Marla is best known for her 19-year career in the local charitable sector as a fund development and marketing manager with the Okanagan Regional Library, United Way, UBC Okanagan, and Kelowna Community Resources. 

In 2014, Marla and her husband decided to take a break from the work world, and, four years, later they are still enjoying Okanagan summers, winters in Mexico, and extensive travel. 

Marla has had a life-long passion for fashion, designing her own graduation dress and formal gown for the 1990 Miss Interior competition before age 20.

In 2014, she was named one of nine Style Ambassadors for a year-long marketing campaign at Orchard Park Mall. Her motto is “Life is short...you might as well go through it looking good."

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