What to Wear to a Christmas Party: Tips to Look Stylish from Chic To Casual over 50!

Christmas is fast approaching. Can you believe it? The year is almost gone. Have you thought about what to wear to the Christmas parties and look stylish and comfortable?

Here are 5 tips to help you coordinate an outfit quickly. You should find a little inspiration from my ideas below to help you plan what to wear to your Christmas party. Who knows, you may already have an outfit in your closet. Now wouldn’t that be nice!

 

Red

Holiday Red Dress

Fortunately red is best color of the season  so you should be able to find many possibilities that will work well for a Christmas party.

Red also works well for women over 50 since it is a festive color and automatically makes you feel better. All you need to do is make sure you find the right shade that works well with your complexion. You can find reds that have blue, orange or brown in them, so find the color that looks good on you!

Red Christmas Tree Decor

 

A red dress or pantsuit would be an ideal choice to wear to a Christmas party. Red with gold jewelry is a timeless classic combination. That being said, depending the style of your dress, you may not need too much jewelry.

 

If you don’t have red clothing, you can always use accessories to make a festive impact. Red shoes, jewelry, a red handbag, scarf, poncho or wrap. And my new favorite thing, glasses. Yes, red rimmed glasses, I love them! So festive!

 

 

Jumpsuits

Jumpsuits had disappeared and now they have returned, in a big way.

They are not for everybody but if you feel you can pull it off, then why not? The body fit makes all the difference. Try to make sure you look long and lean is the trick and you will know if you have the right body type for it.

Choosing darker shades help. Blacks and navys are chic and versatile and they immediately slim down curves.

If you find you have tummy flaws, a jumpsuit that has material in the middle instead of being fitted is ideal.

You should also find a style that is somewhat tailored but not tight. Most of all, stay away from clingy fabrics. Sometimes they tend to rise up at the front and back if they are too tight, creating a “wedgie” effect – so try on a few styles to find the most flattering fit for your figure. For instance, I have a jumpsuit that have the palazzo pants affect so when I wear heels with it, I automatically look long and lean. If I didn’t wear the heels I wouldn’t be able to pull it off.

The big thing about the jumpsuit trend is that you must feel really good and confident about yourself. If you are unsure if you should wear it, then don’t. The unsureness will show on your face and you will look uncomfortable and lack confidence.

Also make sure to accessorize the jumpsuit with sparkly jewelry.

If you aren’t wearing one of these pieces of clothing and you’ve always wanted to, try something new. Go to the store and try them on and find out if it is for you. You might be surprised and love the new you!

 

Jewel Embellishments

Get more holiday glam from embellishments this year. There are so many outfits out there with pearls on tops, sequins on dresses and jeans and sweaters.

Some of the outfits can go from casual to dressy depending on how to choose to wear them. Add boots or heels and you’re off to the events. You can find shoes with pearls and my personal favorite are the sequin shoes. You will have them for years to come.

Lace and metalics are also great to wear for the holidays.

 

Velvet

Velvet is back and bigger than ever and should be easy to find.

You can find beautiful colors in velvet, but for me, I choose to stick with black so I can add colors of sparkle with it or wear red shoes if I like.

You can also find velvet jackets and tops and the velvet fabric can be worn dressy or casual. If you’re going to a casual event you can wear velvet skinny jeans, or leggings as well as velvet slacks to a dressy event.

 

Blush

The color blush is a light faint pink.

Wearing a light pastel can be an eye-catching approach to holiday dressing. The is fall the color blush has been jumping off the shelves.

 

 Almost anyone can wear the color and make you look updates. If you are especially a Winter, or Autumn season color, you will look absolutely fabulous in this color. You can accessorize with neutrals, like black or white.

Most of all holiday dressing is about wearing color and emlishments whereas New Years Eve dressing is darker and more sparkly. So make your holiday dressing colorful, comfortable and stylish.

 

I want to hear from you!

Have you planned your holiday party and Christmas outfits? What will you wear for your Christmas party?

How to Use Photos to Build Your Personal Brand

I recently went to Birmingham, Alabama, to visit my daughter and had the pleasure of meeting Gretchen Birdwell, who is a photographer in the area. Gretchen did a photoshoot of my daughter and me, which was such an inspiring and wonderful learning experience. I decided to share some tips so you all can learn the importance of using photos to build your personal brand.

The music playing in the background helped me relax and Gretchen made sure I was comfortable and feeling beautiful and special in front of the camera. I learned the many ways of camouflaging certain parts of the body to look my best. For instance, positioning my chin in an outer motion to create a younger appearance, as well as standing in a way that makes my body look long and lean. I also posed in my own natural ways to show the real side of me, instead of restricting my poses in the photos. Of course, lighting and background is important in any shoot, so Gretchen was prepared with the correct backgrounds that would work with our skin complexion.

It was totally a rewarding experience. The best part is that I felt so beautiful and she made me look even better. You can see the behind the scenes video of our photo shoot here.

All my personal brand photos online and in my newsletter were taken by Gretchen Photography.

You can check out more of her work and information about her here.

I decided it was time to take new photos since my style has recently evolved. I wanted to show a different, more fun and business casual chic side of my personality. My main style has been a classic and professional look and I decided to extend my brand to a different side. The clients I serve not only include professionals but also non-working, work from home and retired women.

Photos tell your story better than any written word. People want to see what you look like or what you do before they contact you. It helps them connect to you better. They can even get a glimpse of your character from photos before they talk to you. Did you know you can sense a natural or a fake smile just by the picture and whether you are trustworthy or not? If you are an artist, you should also show your painting or photos of you in the studio. All of these techniques help to build your brand. Make it easy for your audience to see you at a glance and learn what your brand is all about.

Studies also show 43% to 75% of employers check social media prior to hiring and everyone should invest in putting his/her best foot forward online.

If you are no longer in the job market, but are running a business and sell any type of service or product, it’s critical to have your website with a picture included.

You will know it’s time for new photos when your current ones don’t represent all of who you are anymore as well as your core values (which is your total brand). You should have a mixture of headshots and candid photos that represent your brand. But headshots are typically the images you will use as profile photos. If you’re one of those that tried to crop a friend out of your picture to use for your profile or you’re still hanging on to that old school photo wearing shoulder pads and teased hair, you don’t need me to tell you it’s time to refresh it up!

It all boils down to people are being exposed to 5,000 marketing messages daily. Everyone is trying to figure out who they can trust and photos help answer the question. Looking at a picture will project who you really are.

What your photos say

Profile pictures provide both “open” and “hidden” hints.

“Open” hints are the messages that you deliberately choose to communicate in the picture, in other words, the impression you project. If you take a picture with a hat, this could be your signature style and project that you are a hat person.

“Hidden” messages are the ones where people see the underlining image of what you cannot hide. For instance, if you take pictures at distance it may give a hint of security. If you are tilting your head and smiling, you project dependence. When you stand with your hands crossed below your chest area, you look like you are in a position of power. Make sure to take the photo in a pose that represents your brand to project the impression you want to present.

I recommend taking getting professionally photos that are not staged but reflect your personality and brand. If not, the desired impression will be weakened and not trustworthy. Show movement in the photo, for example, looking away from the camera or standing and shifting leg movements to show the real you. Photos that are too staged do not represent the real you. You want to show your business and fun side in the photos. People are looking for others who are authentic and they can trust. This is the real bottom-line of why photos are so important.

In conclusion, here a few simple do’s and don’ts to building your personal brand with photos:

Don’t do:

  • Photos that are badly lit, or out of focus or of poor quality
  • Don’t use stock photography

Do:

  • Tell your story with professional photos
  • Post regular content with good quality images
  • Post photos that will start a conversation with your audience
  • Invest in a good quality set of photos that build your personal brand (a professional photographer)

Join the conversation! I want to hear from you. Respond to any of the questions below.

Are your current photos due for a refresh? If you are planning a photo shoot, do you know what colors look good on you? Do you know what type of photos and poses to take that represent your brand?