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How To Nail A Holiday Party Look – Concept @ Sears Canada


How To Nail A Holiday Party Look - Concept @ Sears CanadaHow To Nail A Holiday Party Look - Concept @ Sears CanadaHow To Nail A Holiday Party Look - Concept @ Sears Canada

Look at this little sparkling dress! It was love at first sight when I spotted it in Sears Canada’s new Concept Shop-in-Shop. I was on the hunt for an eye-catching number for an upcoming holiday party and this golden sparkler stopped me in my tracks. The lace, the sequins, the shimmering gold colour, the pretty scalloped details…it was too much…too good!

Luckily for me, it fit perfectly, as if it was made for me. I was instantly sold. And why not? At $59.99, I couldn’t go wrong.

Holiday seasons past,  I’ve been a victim of “Dress Panic” – an infectious fever that afflicts many women this time of year. The infection causes women to head to stores in droves in a last minute blind panic, looking for that perfect dress only to come up empty. Dress Panic usually causes sufferers to end up settling for frocks that are blah, boring and ill-fitting. The best remedy for Dress Panic? Shopping the new Concept Shop-in-Shop at Sears Canada.

How To Nail A Holiday Party Look - Concept @ Sears Canada

Concept is a new Shop-in-Shop featuring great must-have looks at prices you’ll love. Available now in 20 select stores, the shop-in-shop boasts stylish, on-trend separates that are fun to mix and match, and leave you feeling great. On top of that, the Concept Shop-in-Shop has some amazing dresses to get you right through the holiday season to New Year’s Eve.

Here are my best tips to immunize yourself from Dress Panic:

Bye Felicia!! Kiss A Bad Dress Goodbye

Kiss ill-fitting dresses goodbye – right now. There is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable because the dress you are wearing is too short, too low cut, too itchy, or just plain old doesn’t fit right. Feeling confident and comfortable in your clothing makes you feel great…and look beautiful too.

If You Love It, Buy It

There is a reason why you “hmmmm”, ummmm” and “huhhhhhh” over a dress. You don’t *love* it. Your instinct will tell you when you find that perfect piece. If you love it, get it! If you don’t and need to sleep on it, and you’re still thinking about it the morning after? Time to run back and get it.

How To Nail A Holiday Party Look - Concept @ Sears CanadaHow To Nail A Holiday Party Look - Concept @ Sears Canada

Get Inspired

Pinterest is my best friend. When I’m looking to get inspired, I hit up Pinterest and start pinning winning looks to my secret Pinterest board. I refer to it regularly to get the creative juices flowing before hitting the stores to look for that perfect dress or outfit. You wouldn’t believe how much this has helped me over the years to build a wardrobe of pieces I truly love as it helps me pinpoint things I truly want, yet identifies looks that in theory, look great, but just aren’t. I’m looking at you, Mr. Itchy Sequinned Pants.

How To Nail A Holiday Party Look - Concept @ Sears Canada

Accessorize, Accessorize, Accessorize

So, you’ve found that great dress. Now, how do you really make it shine? Great accessories! Steer clear of the super trendy and opt for classic pieces in gold and silver. They will transcend well from day to night and jewelry such as a great gold bangle or bright, silver necklace will really highlight a great outfit. Don’t forget cute clutches and bags. I wanted something fun for the score I found at Sears Canada and chose a fun lucite clutch, but the gold pumps really do the dress justice. Not only can I wear them with this dress, they will look great with a casual outfit such as pair of boyfriend jeans paired with a navy blazer.

Have you suffered from Dress Panic? Share your Dress Panic experience in the comments and let me know what you will be treating yourself to from Concept @ Sears Canada!

A huge thank you to Sears Canada for sponsoring this post in exchange for my honest opinion.

*Photography courtesy of Nadine Langlois Photography

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. December 11, 2016 / 10:38 pm

    WOW!!! These photos of you are incredible! Do you ever stop?? hahah XOX

    • Dominique
      December 13, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Haha! No way, girl! Thank you so much!

    • Dominique
      December 13, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Hi Marshalee! Thank you so much!

  2. December 12, 2016 / 9:05 am

    Wowee this is a great dress on you! I’m loving the shoes and purse – so fun and distinct – perfect for the holiday season! I’m also a believer in going back to buy a piece if it’s still popping up in your head the next day. Loving these photos of you!! XOX

    • Dominique
      December 13, 2016 / 3:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Alyssa! This little gold dress turned out so well! I was on the fence about the clutch and was going to return it, but it is quite fun, isn’t it? LOL! Like I told you, I always do this. LOL!!

  3. December 12, 2016 / 11:51 am

    Bye Felicia! Bahahah, love that headliner. I’m with the crowd on this one, BEAUTIFUL dress on a CONFIDENT lady who runs the world in those heels. SLAY.

    • Dominique
      December 12, 2016 / 12:05 pm

      Oh Brian! Your comment means so much! Thank you! Glad you like the “Bye Felicia!” – lol!!!

  4. December 13, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    OK, this dress is amazing. But I must say, your hair and your legs are killer! Such a beauty. And I seriously want to take all my blog photos at this lovely location.

    • Dominique
      December 13, 2016 / 3:39 pm

      Hi Cheryl!

      Thank you so much! That is the lovely National Art Gallery in our city. It is indeed beautiful! You should see the end of this hall – just stunning! A very popular wedding venue here. Thanks for the kind words! Glad that the hair journey and slaving at the gym is paying off! LOL!

  5. December 16, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Such a pretty dress! You really can’t go wrong with white and lace! You look gorgeous.

    La Belle Sirene

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