While most of us grew up with the fashion adage of no white after Labor Day, well, times they have a-changed, and now white is a basic neutral that can be incorporated into every fashion adventure and extravaganza that comes our way.  One of the best places to work your white wardrobe magic is at a holiday party.  Think about it – almost everyone is wearing black or red – but you, you fashion vixen, arrive in a striking white ensemble that is the epitome of classic cool.

Nice image, you’re thinking, but how to pull it off? … especially if you have already committed your holiday wardrobe dollars to a black or (gasp) red dress…?  Jackets are a great place to start.  They are versatile, functional, dress up or down a myriad of situations – the true closet workhorse.

Metallic colors, glitzy embellishments, even fur, are very popular during this time of year and white truly lets these accents sparkle and shine. Don’t know what to wear to your friend’s fancy holiday party or afraid the dress you chose is a bit too simple and bland? Adding an embellished white jacket to a dress is a stylish way to add a little bit of glamour to your outfit without looking like a tree ornament. And if you pick a design you truly love, the jacket can go a long way.  Because white matches most everything in your closet, there are a myriad of ways you can incorporate the embellished jacket into both your formal and casual attire. After the formal wear and cocktail parties, try your embellished jacket with a pair of jeans to add pizzazz to a more relaxed look. This style is perfect for a night out on the town, book club (it’s important to look polished, especially if you didn’t read the book), or even a casual Friday at the office during this time of year.

Two jackets that we particularly love are the White Crop Jacket with Fur Collar by Byron Lars ($520).  winter white essentialsKnown for his eclectic blend of textures and patterns, this jacket goes the distance with everything from floaty chiffon to well-worn jeans.

Another versatile jacket is the cropped Parker Metallic Blazer from Weston Wear ($184).

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With a tailored fit and pearlized pattern, this blazer will spiff up any basic black dress for cocktails and also make you look like a fashionista with just a pair of jeans – for those mornings when don’t have time to think about getting dressed.  And both these pieces will take you long past December and keep you in the forefront of fashion.

These jackets, and many more, are available at Portobello Road on The Street in Chestnut Hill.   If you are not in the area, check them out on the web or give them a call.  Let them know you found them on BA50!


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