Sure, a little black dress or Le Smoking suit is always on par for the party scene, but who says holiday dressing has to be so cut and dry. We've got 10 ideas for switching it up this season - getting glammed-up just got a whole lot more interesting. By Joyann King
White Feels Right
1.) White Feels Right Take a cue from model Chanel Iman in Dolce & Gabbana and dress yourself in head-to-toe white this season. This includes, but is not limited to, a delicate white shift dress, white diamonds, white spiked pumps and white lingerie pretty enough to let peek through.
2.) Statement Waists Peplum is the new black this season, not to mention an easy way to add volume and style to the most basic of silhouettes. The bold dare to wear a power color combo like Emma Stone in Giambattista Valli.
3.) High-Speed Lace Ingenue Chloë Moretz reinvented a holiday standby like only a hot young thing can do. Her neon lace Stella McCartney pants, paired with a leather biker jacket, are one part party and the other part
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Sure, a little black dress or Le Smoking suit is always on par for the party scene, but who says holiday dressing has to be so cut and dry. We've got 10 ideas for switching it up this season - getting glammed-up just got a whole lot more interesting. By Joyann KingRead More »from 10 New Trends for Holiday Dressing
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A Statement Dress
1.) A Statement Dress
Inspired by Japanese gardens, this dress has everlasting elegance.
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress, $1,817, shopbop.com.
A Knock-Around Cuff
2.)A Knock-Around CuffThis adds a bit of edge to any ensemble.
Stella McCartney cuff, $645.
Stubbs & Wootten
3.) Chic Slippers
No longer are these just for lounging at home.Stubbs & Wootten shoe, $395.
Peter Pan Collar
4.) Peter Pan Collar
Perfect for the pixie in all of us.
Equipment blouse, $148, saks.com.
A Neon Accessory
5.) A Neon Accessory
Brighten up your look with a smart neon accent.Proenza Schouler clutch, $1,175.
6.) Pajama Pants
Don't hit snooze on the season's most adored trend.
Piamita pants, $260, shopbop.com.
The New Classic Black Pump
7.) The New Classic Black Pump
This shape will stand the test of time.Lanvin pump, $1,190.
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1.) Friends Forever
Same Sky wrap bracelets, $30 short, $40 long, samesky.com. Made by Rwandan women who survived the 1994 genocide, 100% of the proceeds are reinvested into the company to buy more materials and employ more women artisans.
2.) Whistle Blowers
Dannijo necklaces, Crystal, $498 and Brass Fringe $398, dannijo.com. The whistle necklaces are to generate awareness for peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo's upcoming presidential election.
Missoni pouch, $80, m-missoni.com. Proceeds are donated to OrphanAid Africa to help orphaned children in Ghana.
J Brand jeans, $144 each, jbrand.com. 100% of the proceeds are donated to City Year, a non-profit organization that fights the national high school dropout crisis.
Color Outside the Lines
5.)Color Outside the Lines
RxArt coloring book, $20, rxart.net
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Catherine Middleton in Alexander McQueen
This was a major year for the bridal industry. Monaco's newly minted princess, Charlene Wittstock, wore Armani, and Hollywood royalty Sofia Coppola shook things up in a short lilac Azzedine Alaïa dress. But the year's most-watched nuptials belonged to two Kates: the future queen of England and the reigning queen of the fashion industry. Despite intense media speculation, both brides kept their dresses top secret, and both solicited sighs from romantics around the world when they made their debuts. Middleton's dramatic Alexander McQueen dress had just the right amount of royal pomp, and Moss's John Galliano gown was elegant and nostalgic. (And I think it should be noted that it wasn't only the brides who looked stunning. Jamie Hince's robin's-egg blue Yves Saint Laurent suit was a more-than-worthy complement. As for Prince Wills, who doesn't love a man in
Whether shopping for your own home or stocking up on thank you's for party hostesses, these objects elevate everyday activities to new heights of chic. Plus, see more holiday gift guides
1.) Sculptural ScentAstier de Villatte candle, $120, barneys.com.
Make Chic Music
2.) Make Chic Music
Blue Tree mozart music ball, $125, bluetreeny.com.
3.) Retro DishwareKate Spade mugs, $20, bloomingdales.com.
The Luxury Tour
4.) The Luxury Tour
Haute Knick Knacks
5.) Haute Knick KnacksApt 48 Vintage Stoppers, $36, apt48.com.
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6.) Chalkboard ChicNoteslate writing tablet, noteslate.com.
7.) Spiked CoffeePatron cafe, $28, wineanthology.com.
Pampered FeetFrette slippers, by special order, 212-988-5221.
9.) Champagne DreamsVeuve Clicquot "Le Shopping Bag", $45, fine wine and liquor stores nationwide.
Cook with Something Special
10.) Cook with Something Special
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The eyes are said to be the gateway to the soul, but that doesn't mean they can't lie about your age for you. Looking bright-eyed can happen at any age, you just need the right makeup tips. Once lines begin to appear around your eyes, "avoid metallic shadows that can sink into your wrinkles," explains Sandy Linter, Lancome's celebrity makeup artist. Learn more ways to fake your way to bigger eyes, smoother skin , and plumper lips with these pro tips.
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"Start by dabbing on lid primer," explains Linter, for an "immediately smoother, younger appearance." Then applying pencil as close to your top lash lines as possible will help sparse eyelashes appear fuller, and flipping up the outer edge of your eyeliner with a Q-tip provides a "lifted appearance" for droopy-looking lids, she adds. Try NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Appia , ($23).
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Gucci Westman, age 40Gucci Westman, age 40
"I think it's very important to frequently alternate your skincare regime. Currently I use Eminence Organic Skin Care Pear & Poppy Microderm Polisher and Coconut Milk Cleanser. I also exfoliate everyday. I think that is why men age so well because they exfoliate every day through shaving. I swear by La Mer moisturizing cream and eye cream followed by my facialist Joanna Vargas' Rejuvenating Serum. For a bit of coverage and protection during the day, I wear Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage in Early Tan - love the combo of skin care and a little coverage."
"In the summer, I get an E3 shot from Organic Avenue, as well as a drink called Green Love and a Watermelon Juice. Then I go for a 40 minute run. I love sweating, it's so good for the skin as it increases the circulation of blood to your face. In
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Although, we're all well aware of what plastic surgeons can do to combat aging, there are genius makeup tricks that help hide flaws and bring out your youngest looking you, no needles required. Sandy Linter, Lancome's celebrity makeup artist, says foundation is a great tool for putting your best face forward, but it has to be the right kind. "Foundation will make you look younger only if you can't tell you're wearing it," explains Linter. See her tips for faking your way to smoother skin, bigger eyes , and plumper lips.
"The only thing that can hide wrinkles and refine pores is primer," says Linter. Try Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Primer ($39) for a smooth base that will also help your makeup last.
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Keep it Fresh
"Dewy foundation will take years off," says makeup artist Fiona Stiles. "Steer clear of matte and shimmery formulations, which can sink into fine lines and creases and accentuate pores." Use a foundation brush "to control your
Fall brought a stunning range of new fragrances from powerhouses like Tom Ford, Gucci and Lancome - as well as offerings from first timers like Diane Von Furstenberg. Chandler Burr breaks down the essence of these scents and matches them to your particular style. Are you more bold or ladylike, sexy or modern, classic or feminine? Click through to see which is your new kindred fragrance.
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There's nothing we love more than products that multitask. Case in point: Dr. Dennis Gross Trifix Oil-Free Moisturizer ($35). This lightweight lotion and acne-fighter hydrates your skin while unclogging your pores. With ingredients such as Vitamin D (nourishes thirsty skin) and Farnesol (kills acne-causing bacteria), this two-in-one product is a must before sunscreen in the a.m. and/or before bed. Perfect for hot summer weather!
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