Fashion trends for Chicago moms this holiday season

The countdown to holiday parties and festive family gatherings is on. But instead of pulling out that trusty LBD and same ol’ statement necklace, consider giving some of this year’s trendiest pieces a try. Here are a few I think are just right for busy, style-starved moms.

Instead of pulling out that trusty little black dress and same ol’ statement necklace, consider giving some of this year’s trendiest pieces a try.


Don’t let leather scare you. It can be tamed and toned down forthose of us without Harleys. A tailored leather dress is atasteful, age appropriate way to rock one of this year’s hottestfabrics.

This one is “vegan,” which is a fancy word for fake. But you’dnever know it. It’s the perfect cut and style for busy kid-chasingmoms and it’s half the price you’d pay for the real deal.

Eva Franco Haven dress, $268,

Or, if you want to try leather pants, Kirna Zabete pants are$29.99 at Target. They have
just the right amount of rocker chic mixed with functionality. Pair
with a sleeveless silk blouse and tailored jacket or a long fitted
cardigan, and wedge booties or black patent pumps for a
sophisticated approach. I love the stretch material along the sides
and the easy pull-on style.

Gold digger

It’s all about the Midas touch this season, and a simple way toadd instant “boom!” to any holiday dress is by going for thegold.Layer several delicate necklaces (three is the perfectnumber) or go with a thick and twisted bracelet/necklace combo.Here a few of my faves.

The whole line of gold accessories by Jillery makes my heartskip a beat.Wire-wrapped ball bracelet by Jillery, $74

Don’t underestimate your daughter’s favorite store for quick andcheap chic. And it’s OK if you wear it for one season! Check outthe golden baubles you can snag at Forever 21 for under $15. I likethe dimpled and etched gold necklace, $12.80.Gold leafnecklace, $4.80.Curved Metal Cuff, $3.80

Animal print

There’s something innately sexy and chic about animal prints.But they’re easy to wear all wrong. If you want to get it right,consider these beautiful pieces by Ann Taylor in this season’s
“it” cat hide: the white leopard. Me-OW. White leopard ponte dress,
$138.White leopard denims, $88.

A red lip

If there’s ever a time to try a sexy red lip color, it’s duringthe holidays. But picking the perfect hue can take a bit of knowhow. Jodi Risley, MAKE UPFOR EVER Education and Artistry Executive, shares her expert

For a warm skin tone, choose a red lipstick that consists oforange-red or brown-red. A few common warm shades are red brick andfire engine red.For cool-toned women, blue-reds or berry-redscomplement the complexion best. Choose shades such as raspberry redor bordeaux red.

Gina Brooke, Madonna’s makeup artist, teamed up with MAKE UP FOREVER to create a custom shade of Aqua Rouge for Madonna to be usedduring her MDNA tour. The result was Aqua Rouge #8-a universallyflattering true classic red shade that’s so highly pigmented thatit doesn’t show undertones and looks great on 99 percent ofcomplexions.MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge #8, $24, Sephora

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