Once the calendar flips to November, it's time to start taking the holidays seriously - and what you're going to wear. Here are four of this season's most dramatic trends, plus tips on taking them from runway to real mom.
Black Leather and Lace
If you were to make a list of the least appropriate looks for moms, sexy black leather and see-through lace might be near the top on your queue. Thankfully, there are lots of options this year that pair these two over-the-top materials with more traditional cuts and curves, transforming this trend from sketchy to sophisticated.
THE SPLURGE: Carissima Sheath, $258, Anthropologie
THE SAVE: Mossimo women's V-neck ponte dress with faux leather, $28, Target
When choosing holiday party dresses, many of us feel safest in the tried-and-true little black dress, and rightly so. Black is slimming, appropriate, easy and predictable. But Holiday 2013 is all about bold colors that look like they belong atop a ring on your finger. Colors like orange, yellow, purple, blue and green, all done a bit "gemmy." What's perfect about these hues is that while they are striking and bright, they're also rich and classic. And they look great on all skin tones. It's time to turn heads when walking into the room, ladies.
If you've got at least shoulder length locks, the go-to up-do this year is the loose bun, paired with a thin head-banded "pouf." If your hair is shorter, simply skip the bun and create the pouf with a some teasing and a bedazzled headband. This hair trend is made for moms, because at its core, it's meant to be a bit messy and done on the fly.
Little girl glitter
The holidays are the one time of the year we moms can unabashedly get our sparkle on. Why should the 6-year-olds have all the fun? Plus it's widely known that glitter holds magical powers within each speck, making it physically impossible to be grumpy or stressed while sprinkled with its goodness. Thankfully there's glitter for grownups, too.
P-Heaven in Gold Glitter, $39.95, Steve Madden
Black Glitter Floral Dress, $54, WallisFashion.com
Glitter knit T-shirt, $19.99, shopmango.com
Meredith Sinclair is a freelance writer and blogger living with three quirky guys on Chicago's North Shore.
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