Deck the halls with these festive fashion tips from local fashionistas.
Sanja Alickovic, Haute Boutique, 725 Magazine St.
Don’t be afraid to go glam with accessories and color. Any look becomes dazzling with over-sized earrings and bold jewelry. “While the holidays are ideal for sequins, feather and fur, I am thrilled that Haute will be full of rich jewel tones in sapphire, lapis, ruby and emerald,” Alickovic says.
Meg Stevens Riley, Abeille NOLA, 8438 Oak St.
Embellishments on garments can take the place of fancy accessories. “Unexpected details, like jeweled choker necklines on dresses and blouses, are an effortless way to dress for holiday gatherings,” she explains. “We are currently obsessed with a pair of studded leggings that would be sensational with an oversized blouse or tunic.”
Lana Hunt, Hunt Collective
Holiday festivities are the ultimate justification for you to step out of your fashion comfort zone and take a risk. Be bold and bedazzled! “This fall is all about geometric patterns, bold prints and bright colors,” the designer says. “For holiday, those geometric prints translate into geometric embellishments. Think art-deco jewels on a fur Peter Pan collar. Trending as well are softer colors like pastel pinks and purples; anticipate these hues to show up in everything from outerwear to tights to jeweled headbands.”
Fallon Lewis, Rise Clothing, 3650 Magazine St.
“I’m really looking forward to the versatile desk-to-dinner cocktail dresses of the holiday season,” Lewis says. “I’m seeing so many ways to carry the look from day to night! There is a party every night, and it is not always possible to run home to change. Rise has great pieces at affordable price points to get you through this festive season.”
Hattie Sparks Collins, Hattie Sparks, 714 Adams St.
“My favorite trend for holiday, while it is a little predictable, is decking yourself out in sparkle and sequins,” she says. “There is not another time of the year that you’re able to wear a shimmery cocktail look night after night. It is super festive and, for me, always puts me in a good mood.”
Manuela Madjor, BCBG, Shops at Canal Place
“I love dressing my clients in this season’s dapper tuxedo look, perfect for cocktails. A sleek, shimmery legging, with a chunky lush sweater and booties is a more laid-back look that still looks chic.”