Holiday Fashion Trends:  2017 – The Season of Opulence by Dru Thompson

A little bling, add some velvet or even get deep with shades of red, blue or green.

The good news is, dressing in your holiday best for Christmas through to New Year’s Eve is as simple as adding a few new pieces to your wardrobe OR — like many of my clients, dig deep and rediscover some of the items they purchased a few months or years back on that clearance rack from who knows where.

Pay attention to a few variations on a holiday fashion staples.  So if you MUST shop this season (Of course you must), here are a few things to add to your wardrobe that can take you fashionably through to the holidays.

Wrap Artist — Perfect for all body types, the classic wrap style has emerged for the holiday in blouses, jackets and dresses.  Especially smooth and equally chic are these wrap looks in velvet — which is making a HUGE appearance this season (more about that later).

STYLE TIP:  The wrap is statement piece that needs little competition — when wearing these looks, choose simple, more sleek items to tone down the volume and create balance.

Florals — this season’s fashion was all about over the top details.  What says more EXTRA than bold, colorful floral prints? Not for your granny’s couch anymore, these patterns have been spotted on everything from pants, coats and blazers for men and women.  There are even some accessories shown made of these textiles, including shoes, boots, purses and men’s neckwear.

STYLE TIP:  Like most trends, floral prints can be worn on either scale. A printed suit or coat will give the maximum effect of this trend.  Not ready to go full couch?  Start slow with a pop of the print with a purse or footwear.

Shine + sparkle + shimmer — keeping with the over-the-top looks of the season, shine and sparkle are not far behind in the mix. From sequin and glitter to metallic and bling, your holiday décor will not be the only one shining this holiday.

STYLE TIP:  Too much sparkle can be overwhelming and can create less options to your wardrobe.  Simply add shine through your accessories for a quick way to achieve this look.

So smooth — It’s no accident that there are plenty of velvet looks going around this season.  We often see the velvet blazers, leggings and accessories, but what gives the smooth, royal textile a fresh look is the emergence of new silhouettes in velvet for the holiday — full skirts, head-to-toe velvet suits, cardigan, boots, gloves and even belts all make a return performance.  AND another change — the bold colors, as if velvet wasn’t jazzy enough.

STYLE TIP:  If the thought of a velvet blazer is too strapped for the night and the look of a velvet bomber is too showy for you, a pair of slim-cut velvet trousers is a good move.  Add a printed shirt and you’re good to go.

Bold & Beautiful  — The traditional reds and greens are always a go for holiday fashion.  Try updating the look by trading in those bright Santa reds and Kelly greens for deep hues like burgundy and hunter. Even add some royal blue and dark purple to the mix to make your holiday style truly a step above the usual.

Fashionably Yours, Dru

About the writer: Dru Thompson is a fashion designer who owns and operates Dru Christine Fabrics and Design, a design studio located in Lake Affect Studios in the Superior Arts District. Through community involvement, Thompson has firmly established herself in the arts and fashion community as a writer, educator at the Cleveland School of the Arts, and mentor for aspiring entrepreneurs. To learn more about the design, visit, on Instragram @druchristine, Twitter @druchristine and Facebook Dru Christine Fabrics and Design.



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