Black, Gold and Brilliant

With the holidays in full swing, it’s time to get fancy.

And there’s no more classic or classier a combination for your holiday party wardrobe than basic, but all-around-flattering black with a bit of metallic sparkle.

That’s why these shoes – spotted recently at my local Goodwill shop – are so spot on for this season. Made mostly of soft black suede, these pretty heels have almost a retro feel to them, with the rounded toe and thicker, almost triangular heel. But at the back end, right atop that classic heel, is a touch of modernity that makes these shoes perfect for partying in this year. A zigzag of snakeskin leather – cut into shape that closely resembles a lightening bolt – and outlined with just a little bit of shimmering, golden thread, gives these otherwise traditional heels a seriously glamorous update that’s just right for the holidays (or any other time you want to add a bit of oomph to your step).

IMG_4094In a classic (and comfortable) shape and a deep black suede, these shoes might seem a little conventional from the front, but they’re all party in the back!

Repeat the combo on top.

Black and gold is, obviously, a color combination that goes with essentially everything, so you could easily pair these pretty shoes with a fancy cocktail dress in just about any color – red, green, white, black, of course, or even a rich purple or bright, vibrant blue hue would all look absolutely stunning. But since popping on a knee-length dress is every girl’s go-to for parties requiring fancy attire, I’ve decided to take a different route. Here, I’ve chosen a lovely pair of pants that are just perfect for partying! These trousers, also in a luxurious gold tone, are made of a thin, silky fabric, so they’re easy to move in (should your holiday parties require some real time on the dance floor), but are also flattering and comfy. The thin cut means they look trim and tailored, but in a pair of pants like these, you won’t feel restricted or uncomfortable in the slightest. They are, of course, also ankle-length, so they’re short enough to completely show off my gorgeous new Goodwill find, without obscuring the amazing detail on the heel. On top, I’ve added a simple black tank – putting black on top means the outfit echoes the color combination found in the shoes, and also keeps the top half of the ensemble from fighting all the dazzling, glitzy gorgeousness on the bottom. You could easily pop on a black cardigan, blazer, or shawl over the tank top to ensure you stay warm and cozy throughout your evenings out, but wearing layers will allow you to loose those warmer pieces, when you end up at a crazy crowded cocktail party or decide to start dancing like a diva.

002Sophisticated and stunning in an understated way, this black-and-gold look is a chic way to make a statement at all of your holiday parties this season.


Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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