FASH­ION­ISTA

Anna Vlach Be like Brangelina and choose clas­sic cloth­ing this fes­tive sea­son – you’ll be Christ­mas stars.

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - FASHION -

’TWAS the night be­fore Christ­mas drinks and all through the house . . . clothes were strewn ev­ery­where be­cause you still hadn’t picked the per­fect party en­sem­ble. Sound fa­mil­iar? Fear not, fel­low fash­ion­istas, be­cause I have it sorted. Why not make De­cem­ber the month to bring your great­est hits out to play? Ladies, if sharp-eyed Shirley points out you’re wear­ing your school for­mal frock, tell her the ’90s are the next big thing, or, if you’re closer to 40 than 30, that it’s “vin­tage, dar­ling”.

Fel­las, this won’t work with your flo­ral shirt circa ’92, but your ’80s pais­ley could cut it for a cool Ben Sher­man-in­spired look. And if you re­ally don’t have a thing to wear, then RSVP to any black-tie in­vite you can get your hands on be­cause ev­ery bloke looks their best in a tux. I’m tempted to tell you to wear it 24/7 – ex­cept pen­guins look a bit out of place at bar­be­cues. So, for semi-for­mal dos ditch the top half and don a black shirt à la Johnny Cash, and for ca­sual, roll up the sleeves of that black shirt and throw on a pair of dark jeans.

Ladies should go for a sim­ple black gown for hoighty-toighty af­fairs and an LBD for ev­ery­thing else. No, not a lit­tle black dress but a long black dress that can be worn in sev­eral ways. Think one with shoe­string straps and a shirred elas­ti­cised band across the bust. Tuck in the strings to make it strap­less, or turn your dress into a skirt to be worn with a glit­tery black tank by pulling it down to your waist. Wear ei­ther night af­ter night with dif­fer­ent pieces of bold bling – and I’m talk­ing eth­nic-in­spired ban­gles not rein­deer ear­rings with flash­ing noses – and no one will no­tice you’ve frocked up in the same dress again.

Just be sure to fac­tor in all the drinks and canapes. Im­mac­u­late con­cep­tions are all the rage at Christ­mas, but try to hide your “food baby” in half-a-size-too-big cloth­ing which is more stylish than un­com­fort­able-an­dun­flat­ter­ing too tight. Or, if you’ve re­ally over­done it, get into his and hers Santa suits and let Fa­ther Christ­mas and Mrs Claus make a few guest ap­pear­ances.

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