Look Fabulous in 10 Minutes — or Less
By Anne Marie O’Connor
Look fabulous in 10 minutes or less! In today’s zip-zip world, slicking on some gloss and getting out the door in less than an hour seems like a miracle — never mind having to primp for a party. In actuality, all you need to get fete-fabulous is a few minutes, some key wardrobe pieces and a couple of hair and makeup tricks up your sleeve — no on-call glam squad required.
A jacket or sweater trimmed with fake fur adds instant glam to any outfit, says Julie Chen, founding editor of ThePleat.com. Wear one over a simple day dress or a body-hugging cocktail sheath for a classic party-perfect look. In a pinch, wrap a faux fur scarf around your shoulders. To avoid visual overload, pair it with lightly textured pieces. “The key is not to mix with sequins or beading,” says Chen. “The fur is the statement, so keep the rest simple.”
A scarf is an inexpensive way to infuse color and French sophistication, says Desiree Marr, co-founder of ThePleat.com. For a little p.m. pizzazz, choose a scarf with some sequins or beading. Drape it over a basic shift or a white T-shirt and jeans combo, she says. And scarves aren’t just neckwear anymore: Wrap one around your waist to punctuate a plain black dress, or belt it through the loops on a pair of wide-legged pants.