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Top Beauty And Clothing Holiday Trends From WGSN Forecast Analyst Maren Hartman

Originally Posted: December 20, 2012

Nicole Barylski

Michael Kors leather dress, J.Crew pants, Black Halo dress and Tracy Reese Embellished Neck Dress. (Courtesy Photo)

This holiday season WGSN's forecast analyst Maren Hartman says with current clothing and make-up it is all about being fun and being eclectic. We are in such a huge what she calls "print, pattern and embellishment cycle" right now and one of the most important things is to not over do it. Here is her do's and don't for holiday looks:


1. Do Mix Patterns: Head to toe pattern and mixing pattern work were huge on the runways, just make sure it is all in the same color family. Zara and Tibi both are examples of do's to check out.

2. You can mix patterns and embellishment: Try a jeweled pump with patterned pant. You can also mix embellishment with embellishment when accessorizing shoe and handbags just make sure they are not too matchy matchy.

3. Choose your statement piece: When accessorizing you don't need an accessory that hits at every mark, make a choice, whether you have a bold bracelet, necklace or earrings choose one and own it. Embellished shoes can act almost like a piece of jewelry and the embellishment on the Tracy Reese Embellished Neck Dress available at Nordstrom ($395, shop.nordstrom.com) needs minimal accessorizing.

4. Switch it up with a pair of pants: Hartman says normally everyone thinks you have to wear a dress during holiday festivities but this season so many great pant varieties are available from printed pants to the updated tuxedo trouser your options are endless. The J.Crew ( $198, 84 Montauk Highway, Southampton, 631-287-2869 and 14 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-5034, www.jcrew.com) Collection café capri in jade jacquard are a great holiday pant.

5. Winter Whites and Jewel Tones It's so easy to hop into all black but wearing a winter white gives an unexpected beautiful look. Jewel tones and deep moody wintery shades like burgundy, pine green, dark plum tones and navy are also great holiday colors.

6. Velvet: Hartman said its a cliché yet amazing holiday merchandizing trend which is easy to find from velvet pants at Gap to a dress from Black Halo, it is available at every price range. This Black Halo dress available at Neiman Marcus ($390, www.neimanmarcus.com) combines two holiday do's velvet and jewel tones.

7. Leather: It was huge for the fall and is also big for the holidays. Many designers are taking classic pieces like a pencil skirt and giving it an update in leather. The Michael Kors ($495, 30 Montauk Highway Southampton, 631- 283-2633 or 19 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-267-2200, www.michaelkors.com) Leather Zip Dress is a great way to incorporate leather into your wardrobe.

8. A crisp white men's shirt: Hartman says you can't go wrong with a crisp white men's shirt which was huge on the fall runways. It goes with everything from pants to a skirt and it always updates any outfit.

9. Minimal Hair and Make-up: Currently their is 60's theme happening which translates to an update on the classics like French twists and tight chignon that are a little messy. With make-up minimal is best, a fresh clean face and play up your best asset is all you need.


1. Don't over do it: When wearing sparkle, embellishment or shine pick your statement piece. It's not smart to wear the embellished sparkly sweater and have embellished pants and shoes. She says you want to avoid looking like a Christmas tree.

2. Don't over accessorize when wearing head to toe pattern: Less is more when it comes to jewelry while wearing head to toe pattern work, shine or embellishment. Hartman says she is a big fan of Coco Chanel's quote, ""Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off."

Hartman says one of the most important thing people need to understand right now is because we are in such a huge print cycle you can find just about any print offer but so many of the pieces are in classic silhouettes. She recommends picking a silhouette that looks good on your body and own it.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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