Fashionate: Holla-Day Dressing

‘Tis the season to deck the halls, bling out your trees and most of all, dress to impress those co-workers you see every other day of the year! That’s right ladies it’s Christmas party season!

I have heard time and time again from my girlfriends and guests alike complaining there are no good stores in Kelowna to purchase dresses that are on trend and within their budget desires. I have always stood strong with my argument; if you take a few steps away from the mall walls you will find a Mecca of amazing local boutiques that you will not only find something to wear, you will fall in love with shopping local again.

Located in the heart of the Mission, Frakas is an excellent boutique for everything from the perfect party dress to a pair of the hottest winter booties of 2011.

With party season in full swing it’s time to get down to business and get yourself a dress to show off your best assets!  Like many things in 2011, the world of dresses has been reinvented…again! The little black dress is no longer a simple go-to black dress, and we found some traffic stoppers nestled in the racks of Frakas. A classic shape with a lot of drama is a great choice when you are picking your seasonal frock.  V-necks are great necklines that look fantastic on almost any body type. *V-neck rule of thumb * If it’s too low SAY NO. Colours are often not explored as the mercury drops, although adding a splash of colour and wearing a bold hue is such an easy way to turn an otherwise simple dress into a show stopper. Colour creates mystery and adds excitement back into a simple silhouette such as an a-line cut dress, or a Grecian wrap.

If you are the kind of girl that stays close to what she knows and holds a strong relationship with the LBD you wear year after year, it is still a great way to make your entrance into the party. The only difference between last year and today is how you will accessorize that fabulous frock of yours.  Adding a couple of your top 2011 accessories will take any classic black dress and transform it into a show stopper.

When you are blinging yourself out choose accessories that all go in synergy together, although your earrings are not right next to your bracelet if the colours or style clash you will become an unfortunate miss. Pick one feature piece, if you are showing off a bold fabric or style of frock, choose bold earrings or a chunky bracelet, those accessories are no in direct contact with your exciting dress so you will not be taking away from it. You don’t want to go overboard with a bold necklace against a bold dress; it can become a fashion hohono rapidly.

Living in Kelowna we can never really predict the temperature, although we all know it will be chilly as December rolls into town.  Of course we need to add a few essentials to keep those gorgeous gams and arms toasty.  Cropped fur vests paired with metallic tights or an electric primary colour are great ways to keep yourself warm while keeping it cool.

Whether or not you enjoy time spent with co-workers, you are going to look fantastic at your dinner, dance party or the dreaded bowling party in one of your favourite new items. The best part; there is no battle with the coquihalla to get it!

We are all fashionistas on the inside! xo

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