Fashionably Inspired

Give the gift of style with these ensemble ideas.


Photos by Carlton Mickle

ON THE TOWN A little black, strapless dress by Lovely Day, $104.95, from Simple Elegance (712 Adams St., 861-4200) is a versatile piece that can go from one holiday party to the next, especially when you pair it with these notably stylish and inconspicuously comfortable black suede sandals by Thierry Rabotin, $365, from Perfect fit Shoes (Continental Plaza at Transcontinental and W. Esplanade Avenue, Metairie, 456-5993). Don't forget to throw in a splash of color with a sleek satin clutch, $30, from Ballins (721 Dante St., 866-4367;, and add some major sparkle with a dazzling pendant by French designer Christophe Danhier. It's 18-karat white gold with a 3.6-carat tear drop cabochon lavender blue chalcedony accented by .44 carats of round, brilliant-cut diamonds — $1,550.00 at Symmetry Jewelers and Designers (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925).

They'll get toys from Santa. That leaves room for you to wrap up a few key pieces to add to their wardrobes. What little girl wouldn't love this aubergine silk dress, $110, and velvet jacket $62, by Tea? And don't forget the boys. A pullover sweater by Tea, $46, looks great with a pair of corduroy pants by Okkies, $44. Find it all at Angelique Baby (3719 Magazine St., 301-2583;


STREET CHIC Give her one of the season's hottest trends: wide-legged jeans. This pair by Passepoil is $70 at Frock Candy (3112 Magazine St., 301-9864), where you'll also find this cool cap for $14. Pop in next door to find these patent peep-toe heels by Charles Albert, $32, at Shoe Nami (3102 Magazine St., 895-1717; 3319 Severn Ave. Metairie., 885-0805). Top it all off with a double-breasted blazer by Yoki, $40 at Buffalo Exchange (3312 Magazine St., 891-7443;

RAIN AND SHINE Everyone loves a little sparkle at this time of year. You'll be a big hit when you wrap up this high-shine dress by Tory Burch, $375, from Angelique (7725 Maple St., 866-1092; and a pair of pebble silver ballerina flats by Michael Antonio, $25, from Glamour Shoes (5300 Tchoupitoulas St. Suite F-4., 891-3314; Keep the look in tact, whatever the weather, with a Missoni umbrella, $130, from Angelique (7725 Maple St., 866-1092;



RESORT WEAR-ABLE Help her pack for a trip to the tropics with this long satin dress, $98, from The Red Carpet (3425 Magazine St., 281-4610), a pair of gold sandals by Chinese Laundry, $79, from Ropa Fashion Loft (4228 Magazine St., 309-9772; and a smart gold clutch, $28, from Gae-tana's (7732 Maple St., 865-9625;

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