Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - STYLE FILE - See Ljubenka on In­sta­gram @holdtheglam­our.

QWith Christ­mas nearly here there are plenty of par­ties pop­ping up on the so­cial cal­en­dar. I have been in­vited to a few very fancy af­fairs but I don’t re­ally want to buy any­thing new. I have one el­e­gant black dress I can wear but I’m strug­gling with how to make it look a bit dif­fer­ent for each event. Could you give me some tips on how to jazz up an old clas­sic?

AI love jazz­ing up an old clas­sic! A great fit­ting black dress made of beau­ti­ful fab­ric will stand the test of time so is cer­tainly worth the in­vest­ment. Ac­ces­sories such as jew­ellery, shoes or even a coloured belt can change your look and style in no time. Try gold or pearl jew­ellery and strappy black san­dals for clas­sic el­e­gance, for in­stance, or a colour­ful state­ment neck­lace and ton­ing heels for con­tem­po­rary chic. Add a smart jacket for one event and a drapey shawl for an­other. A sparkly bolero cardi could change your look again, as would a long-line flo­ral chif­fon ki­mono. If it suits the style of your dress, you might be able to wear a white lacy top un­der­neath it, or a boxy satin top over it to cre­ate a skirt and blouse ef­fect. Spend a bit of time play­ing dress-ups with what is in your wardrobe – you may be sur­prised at how many looks you can cre­ate!

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