Submitted by Carrie Riggin — Columnist
Take a break from holiday festivities to attend the Carolina Ballets infamous version of The Nutcracker, taking stage at Memorial Auditorium Friday and Saturday nights. Not sure what to wear to the theater? Consider me to your rescue. Below are sophisticated-yet-stylish options to make you stand out among the audience.
PANTSUIT LOOK: Collared shirts are no longer solely a mans look. This season, feminine-looking sheer blouses with embellished collars are all the rage. Studs, glitter baubles or rhinestones offer the collar a glamorous look, combined with a touch of color like neon yellow, coral or teal for the top will surely make you look right off the runway. Tuck your frock into an '80s inspired cropped, flowing pant of any darker, jeweled tone (or black). Complete your ensemble with a lofty pump for an overall ballerina-esque look.
DRESS LOOK: Get out of your boring dress funk. If you want to stick with the traditional, one-piece though, try a bright, patterned (think floral, geometric, black-and-white stripes) wrap dress that cinches at the waist for an overall hourglass appeal. Sick of the dress look? Textured skirts, like wool, featuring plaid, polka dots, thick stripes or other decorative signatures are in this winter. With either dress-look you choose, complement it with sheer black or nude pantyhose (yes, we all despise the pantyhose, but its a fashion no-no to go without during winter months!) and chic black booties. Helpful bootie hint: Suede or matte looks are your friend; stay away from the faux leather or shiny texture not attractive.
Accessorize: For the pant-look, keep the attention on your ornamental collar by dressing your arm with bangles and bold, statement rings. Going for the dress? Flaunt larger, yet classy studs for earrings, and simple, uni-color bangles on both wrists.
Try one of these trendy outfits, and youll look dazzling as if you should be onstage. Enjoy the ballet!