By Guest Blogger Lara Carpenter

Halloween. Done. School Fallfest. Check. Ready for Thanksgiving. Sort of. For many of us, fall and the winter holidays are filled with seemingly nonstop days of parties and events. Office parties. Family gatherings. Social events. Evenings out on the town. My advice: start the planning (and fun!) for lots of holiday clothes even before Santa arrives.

Lara’s Favorite Things offers fun, hip jeans, dresses, jewelry, bags and accessories for women. Best of all, many holiday fashions, including cocktail dresses, are available from Lara’s Favorite Things as Practically Yours rentals. Join us for Lara’s Favorite Things Holiday Open House on December 1st and keep reading for fabulous fashion tips this winter! PLUS – Mention that you read about Lara’s Favorite Things on Moms on Main, and you’ll receive 20% off any one item. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts. Good through December 22.

For the upcoming winter holidays, expect to see lots of texture in fabric and accessories. For example, a perfect outfit for holiday parties would be a cocktail dress featuring a sophisticated navy and black color palette, with a fun textural element thrown in: lace, sequins or even feathers! Even clutch handbags will embrace texture for the holidays.

Clutches with zippers, feathers and other textured elements will be hot for the cool weather months ahead. Clutches are perfect for carrying during the day as well as evening holiday events. Another trend for the cool weather months will be the use of Neutral tones for a monochromatic, sophisticated look. Winter white or taupe in a winter weight, textured fabric will be one of the ‘in looks’ for the holidays. If you want to give a gift that will be sure to please, buy something in a classic, neutral tone.

Jewel tones, including sapphire blue and emerald green, are also popular colors for the winter. People don’t dress up quite as much as the used to, even for holiday parties. Great jeans with a dressy top in a jewel tone and heels or a boot create the perfect, more casual outfit for social events.

People are always worried about buying someone a gift in the wrong size. Scarves in neutrals, jewel tones or a fun pattern are great for holiday gift giving, and you don’t have to worry about the size. A nice piece of ‘statement jewelry’ also makes a great gift. You don’t need lots of jewelry to look great – just one really elegant, fashionable piece does the trick.

Lara’s Favorite Things Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 1
Noon-5 p.m.

Lara’s Favorite Things is located at 815 Burke Street beside Barnhill’s books and is open 10-6 Tuesdays through Fridays and 10-5 on Saturdays. For more information, please visit or call (336) 917-3001.

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