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The Style Report: Off to the Gala

Don't wait up!

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As holiday season makes its approach; the invites for the upcoming parties, events and galas are stacking up on the kitchen table. I guess that would explain the barrage of emails and calls from my clients asking... Which dress? What shoes and bag? What wrap to tie it all together? Even right down to which color nail polish?

You don’t have to be a movie star to live out your very own red carpet moment! All of these parties and soirees are here for you to shine. My words of wisdom to my darling twenty two year old daughter have always been the same, “Sweetie, the best part about going to the party is pulling together “That Drop Dead Look” and glancing in the mirror as Cinderella glances back at you with a thumbs up!

Dressing up gives us the opportunity to flaunt that other side of you. And don’t you deserve to glam it up from time to time? This does not come naturally to many people as they do want to look great, but are scared to draw attention to themselves as it is so foreign to them. So here is a little trick to pop into your head. Pretend to be Penelope Cruz with her exotic elegance, or maybe Helen Mirren who defies age with her sexy confidence. It does not matter who you are by day, come the evening of your gala, I want you to transform not only your look but your attitude into a superstar.

The invite for a gala that I attended two weeks ago came six months prior. For me the thoughts of “whom I wanted” to portray that evening swirled around in my head. The image that I saw for me was a dark silver gunmetal silk long gown. Quite simple in design, a very low cut back, spaghetti straps, a low drape at the top and cut on the bias so it would just fall in a very slimming fashion. Actually I wanted the dress to resemble a sheath of a nightgown. Simple and very understated. Bare neck, fab earrings and gunmetal sandal.

Whatever frock you choose, be it sequined, cascading ruffles, feathers (yes, they are very chic), or a simple drape of fabric in the right places the bottom line is such…Never let the Dress Wear You! I have seen this too many times… a fantabulous cocktail dress or gown walks in the room, yet I cannot see the face of the woman wearing it!

As I always tell my clients. “Let the clothes ENHANCE your inner and outer beauty”. When being complimented on your outfit; people should simply say “YOU look fantabulous in that gown” not… "What a great dress….Where did you get it?” As black has always been know for eveningwear, and yes I have seen some of the most amazing black dresses. Try and opt for a splash of color which enhances your skin and hair tone. Trust me, in a sea of black gowns... your entrance in that aqua little number will tell the crowd that you are confident and know how to play the game.

Bye the bye, as I went to get dressed in my perfect silver gown which I purchased for my gala mentioned earlier; a funny thing happened on the way to the closet. As my hand reached for the hanger; I took a pass on wearing it; strolled to the very back of my closet and ended up wearing a twelve year old copper with black lace gown and rocked the room!

Lesson One: Buy smart and your clothes will not only stand the test of time but they will be there for you when called upon.

Lesson Two: A woman always has the prerogative to change her mind!

So to all of you gals out there, it is your time to play Cinderella, hop into the horse drawn coach and have a grand time with your Prince Charming.

Where to buy your fab frock?

Saks, Mitchells, Helen Ainson, Tina Dragone

Seek and you shall find. But if you are still feeling a bit challenged… I am only an email away.

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Lynn CesariaLynn Cesaria is a fashion maven, image consultant and personal shopper. Known for her no-nonsense attitude, her unerring eye and her Fashion 911 house calls to her clientele. Lynn has also owned and operated LRC Photography for over 20 years. She is based in Fairfield County but available to transform people worldwide!

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Lynn Cesaria
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