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A Personal Stylist’s Easy Guide To Holiday Dressing

Festive decorations, holiday cheer, and busy malls tend to be common themes during the month of December.  I absolutely love this time of year, and even though the malls can be a little crazy, I have to say I kind of enjoy it.

There’s something about seeing everyone walking from store to store in search of the perfect gift for their loved ones that’s special.  Since spending time in malls is part of my job as an Image Consultant, I notice a significant difference in the shoppers during the holidays.

You can feel the holiday spirit the minute you walk through the mall doors.  I think another reason I like the hustle and bustle is because it almost reminds me of the energy in New York City.

I lived in NYC for a period of time, and after I moved back to Chicago, I’ve been in search for that New York hustle and bustle ever since.

We all know the holidays are supposed to be about spending time with our families and celebrating.  I’ve found since working with my Image Consulting clients how truly stressful worrying about what you’re going to wear to all of the holiday functions you have to attend can really be.

So that’s what I decided to focus this month’s column on – making YOUR life a little less stressful during the holidays, so you can spend less time worrying about what to wear and more time with your family!  Here is an easy guide to dressing for the holidays.

Go Bold

The holidays tend to be the time of year that feel the most appropriate to wear pieces that are a bit more extravagant than you may otherwise wear.  Choose one piece to be your statement – for example, a bright red satin blazer.

Have fun with colors and textures with your pieces, for they make your look interesting and unique!  Make use of some of your pieces from other times in the year that are in really bold colors.  Pair them with season-appropriate pieces for a fun twist.

Keep in mind that to be in the spirit of the holidays with your color choices, it doesn’t have to mean red and green paired together.  Different shades of red mixed for that monochromatic look or metallic and jewel tones are all holiday-appropriate colors.

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Mallory Sills
Mallory Sillshttp://www.mallorysills.com/
MALLORY Sills is a Certified Image Consultant and Stylist. Her extensive training includes a degree from the Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago; working alongside the best in the business including Zanna Roberts Rassi of “Marie Claire” magazine and Stacy London from TLC’s hit show “What Not to Wear.”

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