verbal croquis

shopping for the holidays

Posted in advice by verbalcroquis on November 18, 2005


Tacqueria late at night for grub.

I spy, with my chinky little eye, an adorable vintage furniture shop.

So I stopped by today and the place had mostly furniture, but also cute accessories like vintage ashtrays, jewelry, boxes and the like. In preparation for the holiday season, I picked up some beautiful vintage sparkly brooches, perfect to pin clustered artfully onto one of my jackets for a holiday party. Yes, brooches are back.

If you need a little guidance as to what to wear this holiday season, I have put together this little list of some great options.

Pick up some shine. Be it the smooth subtlety of velvet or liquid sheen of satin, pair it with something matte, like denim or wool.

Or opt for some lace. Just be careful of the cut so you look neither 19th century schoolmarm or 19th Avenue hooker.

Add some dazzle. Try a brooch or 4.

A touch of metallic leather is hip if done right.  Try it on shoes or a bag.  Leave the metallic leather jackets for the more adventurous. 

Instead of the requisite red, try a soft mellow green, charcoal, darkdark aqua or white instead.

Of course, the best accessories are a hot date and a fabulous gift for your host.

And don’t forget to be comfortable! If you know you’re going to eat a lot, wear something with a little stretch. If you’re prone to spills, don’t wear light colors on top. You know the drill.

Any questions?


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  1. henri-v said,

    “I spy …”

    That was too much! Totally caught off guard and continued to titter at all the proceeding snarky comments.

    I came via Final Fashion’s recommendation and was perusing your back pages. I am SO loving your blog!
    : >

  2. Thanks! Now I gotta go check out yours…

  3. aL said,

    i just read your ‘advice’ blog about education…i really want to get accepted into this top fashion design school in the city but it is so totally competitive. i always end up doubting myself and never get the type of folio i want to produce. I have learnt basic garment construction skills through a different course and i now want to hit the big guns.You are very driven and get things done….any advice?

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