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) - Sure, the little black dress is a staple of holiday parties this time of year. It can be dressed up or down, and it is the epitome of understated elegance. But it's not the only option for fashionable women
"This is the time of year that women can put some fun in their wardrobe," says Elliot Staples, whose fashion designs are featured at The Limited stores and thelimited.com. "It's as much a celebration of decorating yourself as well as celebrating the holidays."
It's also the time of year that many women need an outfit to play double duty by going from the office to a party.
Here's the fashion forecast for the upcoming holiday season.
* Fancy That. Focus on black and white trousers and pieces worn in sharp contrast to one another. A soft blouse tones down what could be a too-severe look. This style works well for a dinner party, work event, or an upscale occasion.
* Going Baroque. Wear jewel tones in luscious greens and cobalt blues and jet black. This trend reflects a sexier, more youthful look for going out -- be it with the girls, a party, or a more casual event. This style is as easy as a special top with black jeans. Gold is a key accent color in printing, buttons, and accessories. To round out the look, pair with a clutch adorned with fabric or touches of sequins.
* Skyes the Limit. Sweaters and yarns take on a slightly rustic and darker mood and color this season. Pair them with simple skinny jeans, furry accents, and fringe inspired boho necklaces.
* Grande Classique. Pair lush fabrics and textures. Use grey prominently with shades of dark red or deep wine, along with cobalt blue and purple accents.