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Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

In a world professing its love for comfortable garbs over style (not mutually exclusive in our books), the special occasion category can be excitingly fun and open to whimsical creativity. The trick in this equation is to know what makes you happy and what fits your unique personal style. Step back, relax, see yourself differently and you’ll come-out looking great!

Vogue magazine says "Go Old School Glamour" | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Vogue magazine says “Go Old School Glamour”

Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Toto Koopman wearing short sleeveless fur evening jacket by Jacques Heim, Vogue Paris, October 1933. Photo: George Hoyningen-Huené.

Holiday Dressing

Going “old school” glam is always a safe option because it never goes out of style. This era of dress provides the ideal template to work, or rework your style, while giving an excuse to expend your sartorial repertoire. Change is good we always say, and finding your foolproof style is a monumental victory for anyone. To those in search of their fashion style niche, here’s a tip; a “little” fur piece makes a world of difference in any wardrobe.

Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Talullah Bankhead and Toto Koopman at the premiere of the film “The Private Life of Don Juan” in London, September 1934. Photo: Hulton – Deutsch Collection/Corbis.

Marni Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Marni | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Carolina Herrera Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Carolina Herrera | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Case in point, feeling like royalty for the holiday occasion? Ermine fur was always the go-to supreme expression of wealth and power, even back in the Colonies. The fur’s iconic  black on white graphics translates amazingly well in other fur choices and brings a stately reference. Black and white goes with everything, so it’s somewhat of a no-brainer, and an easy way of channeling some aristocratic swagger.

Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Elizabeth Ross (Mrs. William Tyng) by John Singleton Copley (1738-1815), 1766, MFA Boston

Ermine Evening Coat by Weil, 1938. Photo: Horst P. Horst. | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Ermine Evening Coat by Weil, 1938. Photo: Horst P. Horst.

Chado Ralph Rucci Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Chado Ralph Rucci | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Altuzarra | Fall/Winter 2013-14  Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Altuzarra | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Tom Ford Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Tom Ford | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Michael Kors | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Of course, 1950s evening dress, with its abundant references from 1930s Café Society, is as foolproof as they come. A man in a tuxedo and woman in a lovely gown is music to the eyes and brings forth elegance in spades. The simplicity of lines/silhouettes is by default a comfortable answer. With these looks, a simple fur jacket, or bolero, look great as does a simple fur scarf to stay warm on the way to the party.

Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Toto Koopman, Evening Dress by Augustabernard, 1933. Photo: George Hoyningen-Huené.

Going Old School Café Society ( on a budget... classic black suit - groom tuxedos for under $250 (DHgate))

Going Old School Café Society (…on a budget… classic black suit – groom tuxedos for under $250 (DHgate))

Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Marc Jacobs | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Oscar de la Renta Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Oscar de la Renta | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Prabal Gurung Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Prabal Gurung | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Going Old School for the holidays can also evoke some unexpected favorites like plaid. These Scottish classic textiles are beloved the world over for their stylish, if not somewhat playful edge. Seriously, a little plaid goes a long way, especially when combined with velvet. This works as easily with the boys, so don’t be shy. Ralph Lauren adores the concept and references it every Holiday Season.

"A Shot of Scotch", September 1991. Photo: Arthur Elgort | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

“A Shot of Scotch”, September 1991 | Photo: Arthur Elgort

"A Shot of Scotch", September 1991. Photo: Arthur Elgort | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

“A Shot of Scotch”, September 1991 | Photo: Arthur Elgort

Veronica Beard Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Veronica Beard | Fall/Winter 2013-14

Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2013-14 | Foolproof Holiday Dressing | It’s All About You!

Michael Kors | Fall/Winter 2012-13

Classic looks are the perfect companion for fur because the two work harmoniously well in tandem. As we said before, step back, relax, see yourself differently, add a little dash of fur, and you’ll come-out looking great!

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