It's an easy way to dress when you want to look a little festive for that neighborhood gathering or a friend's holiday brunch, she said. And separates are versatile, so they can be changed up with no one the wiser.
Don't overlook a great cocktail dress, though, when you want to step out in style. The fabrics, prints and colors are stunning. Brocades, luxurious silks and satins, and metallic sequins lend a sophistication and glamour that's especially appealing right now. These dresses are attention-getters. They're not for those who want to sit in a corner all evening.
When it comes to color, oxblood, the hot hue this fall, reappears for holiday, along with gold and silver, rich shades of purple and forest green, and the ever-popular red.
“There hasn't been a lot of red for the holidays the past couple of years,” Benham said. “It's bright red. No-mistaking red.”
To complete your outfit, consider a fur collar or mini stole, either real or faux. It's a great way to wrap up the holiday fashion season.