Hot holiday trends for 2010

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Is it really that time of year again?!  Holidays have snuck up on us and I was curious about what's in for holiday trends as we wrap up 2010.  So, I interviewed Heather, a local fashion buyer and owner of The Purple Skirt in Ahwatukee.
Formally located at 48th Street and Chandler Blvd., the shop has moved down the street to 40th Street and Chandler Blvd. in the Trader Joe's shopping center.  Heather also owns Dominique R. in Scottsdale and the following fashions can be found at both locations.  Be sure to watch the segment to see the fun fashion show we did on the program.

As I researched this season's holiday best and festive fashions, I decided to show some with reasonable price tags and some more upscale pieces.  I think it is fun to see a few of the high fashions, too.  Inexpensive accessories are also included that can finish any holiday outfit on a budget.  Read on to see hot holiday trends, fabulous fashions from all over the world and affordable accessories that go from basic to beautiful instantly. 

Terrific trends & festive fashions
Heather tells me that this year's looks include jewel tones, mixed metals, sequins, ruffles, tweed and a stylish statement coat.  In the segment fashion show, three models wore three different looks that fall under different holiday themes. 

Festive fashion #1:  from work to play:
Our first model donned festive frocks that can transform from work to play in an instant for that holiday happy hour.  For the office, she wore a Trina Turk belted dress with a Charlotte Tarantola Veiled Vixen Cardi lace cut out sweater worn over it.  Once the workday ended, she removed the sweater, added high pumps and a necklace and was transformed instantly.  Dress sells for $237 and the sweater goes for $123.

Festive fashion #2:  sophisticated style:
A sexy and strapless jewel toned dress made by Yana K from LA was worn by our second model.  This form-fitting Billy Tube dress costs $300, but is made of 100% high quality silk with hand stitched pleating.  Heather added dark hose to give it a 1930's feel and was excited when the designer told her that was exactly the way she hoped it would be worn.  Sexy, yet classic and elegant, the dress is also sold in multiple colors this season.

Another holiday fashion option is a stylish statement coat like the Desiqual one we showed that comes straight from Spain.  Warm and wonderful, this cool coat is sure to turn heads. 
Festive fashion #3:  tastefully trendy & affordable:
One perk of living in the Valley is the ability to wear shorts any season!  To pull it off the right way, our third model wore tweed shorts paired with a lovely long sleeved silk top adorned with ruffles.  Stockings worn with the shorts paired with boots made a unique and fun look that was trendy and tasteful.  Heather says that yes, shorts with stockings is fashionably fabulous!  Ruffles and tweed join this season's staples of terrific trends.  The ruffle blouse costs $63 and the tweed shorts made by Sanctuary sell for $89. 

Festive fashion #4:  figure flattering formal to fun:
Not only did this outfit that I wore in the segment flatter my figure, but the price was right to boot!  I truly fell in love with this look and not only modeled it, but I bought it, too.  My new midnight blue sequin dress is made of comfortable material that stretches with me as needed and has a cool cowl necked drape built into the piece that is beautiful and sheer.  I can wear it alone with high heels or add black leggings and boots for a sleek and sophisticated look that transforms the outfit from formal to fun.  For $79, this dress is versatile and flattering.  The style also shows off the season's trend of color versus traditional black, sequins and a necklace that is made of texture metals. 

Accessorize to glamorize for less
Holiday accessories are hitting store shelves.  I am always amazed how one necklace or purse can spice up last year's party dress to work perfectly for this year's look.  At Kohl's I found black peep toe pumps that sport a simple ruffle on each shoe.  I paid $50 for the pair and am glad to see that peep toes are back again this year.  Target sells Fab Feet shoe clips that attach to pumps to glam up the look.  So use the clips that sell for $9.99 to make last year's shoe look brand new. 

Holiday hats, like the red wool sequined snowflake number I bought at Kohl's for $16, is festive fashion fun.  Kohl's also sells leggings by Vera Wang that are adorned with pyramid studs on the calves.  I bought a pair for $12.99 and plan to wear them a lot with my casual holiday attire. 

Down the street at Target, holiday handbags caught my eye.  One black bag was decorated with rhinestone gems.  There was also an elegant red clutch that was reminiscent of the 1950s.  Both sell for under $20. 

I was also pleased to find a good selection of special occasion jewelry marked nickel free, so I purchased a pretty pair of hanging topaz earrings for only $7.99.  Other festive finds included smoky shades of eye shadow, metallic nail colors, glamorous gloves and a black faux fur coat by Merona that goes for only $44.99.

And for the finishing touch, don't forget your nails.  Foxy Nails located at 40th Street and Ray Rd. in Ahwatukee told me about a new gel nail polish that keeps nails looking perfect for up to three weeks.  On the downside, nails do have to soak in acetone to remove the gel product, but in the busy holiday season, the gel polish can get you through several weeks of celebrations with only one nail appointment.  I put the gel stuff to the test and I left Foxy Nails with nice nails that dry instantly.  So far, seven days later, my nails look picture perfect.  No chips, fading or smudges.  For more information call Foxy Nails at 480-706-1693.  I have noticed the same product in several other nail spas across the Valley, so if you don't live near Ahwatukee you can ask your local nail technician about the gel nail polish products.  Foxy Nails uses Harmony Gelish and so far, I really like the line.

So whatever your budget may be…or not be…you now know the trends that are in as we wrap up 2010.  And remember to accessorize to glamorize and last year's outfit may just do the trick if your current budget won't.  Although it doesn't feel that festive outside yet, it is almost time to start saying Happy Holidays, so let me be the first to wish you and yours a wonderful and festive season.