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Bringing DRESSY Back

Earlier this season, we learned from Chord that the dressy look is making a comeback for Fall/Winter 06. As someone who’s always been a fan of dressier fashion, I was thrilled to see some of these items arriving in our stores just in time for holiday party season.

One of the first times I noticed this trend was during a Justin Timberlake concert. There we were, surrounded by hundreds (thousands?) of screaming teenage girls, at the 9:30 club in Washington, DC when JT was just launching his new album. The dress code for Justin and his band were a virtual must-have list of all the hot accessories for the season--skinny ties, dress vests, hats and suspenders just to name a few.

According to Details magazine, we should be thankful that style arbriters have put their stamp of approval on this hip look. They said the following about the dress vest, “Long sidelined as the least lovable part of a three-piece suit, the vest is emerging as a solo star--on the runway at John Varvatos, in the windows of J. Crew, and on the backs of Justin Timberlake and Adam Brody.” Just remember: the patterned, baggy vest was abolished in the 80’s so stick to a simple (pinstriped, herringbone or solid) fitted vest.

My personal favorite is the skinny tie. Tied loosely over a white shirt and paired with clean denim, this season’s tie is meant to blur the boundaries between formal and casual. You can also subsitute the tie for suspenders and a driving cap or even a dress vest over a white shirt. Finish off with a pair of boots and you have the perfect recipe for fashionable holiday attire.