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Dress to Impress

Dress to impress
We caught up with Lauren Collins, Deana Casaluce and Miriam McDonald, of Degrassi to see how they get through party season in style
When the girls from Degrassi showed up at a recent FLARE party looking this good, we had to ask them for their tips on making a great impression. Click on the images below to get holiday style tips from the girls of Degrassi.



Lauren Collins Deana Casaluce Miriam McDonald

 

FLARE: What do you consider when deciding on an outfit for a holiday party?
Lauren Collins: Keeping the guest list in mind is very important. For example, you might want to pass on the black mini dress and leopard heels for Bubbi and Zaidy’s Chanukah Party. But it is a perfect look for that holiday get together with your friends.

F: What is the most important factor in deciding whether an outfit is right or not?
LC: It’s so important to feel comfortable in what you are wearing. The last thing you want to be thinking about when you are out having fun is “are my jeans too tight?” or “I wonder if my shoes and purse really do match?” Usually, going with your gut instinct is best.

F: What is your favourite formal-wear trend this year?
LC: Tights! All colours and patterns. They’re perfect with a mini dress and some seriously stacked heels. This will definitely be my favourite look for the holiday season.

F: How do you stand out from the crowd?
LC: Taking risks with your fashion choices will always help you stand out from a crowd. Unexpected colour palette choices or patterns that don’t traditionally “match” are fun to experiment with. You need to make these choices boldy and wear them with confidence.

F: What’s your advice for hair and makeup?
LC: I’m not very good at applying complicated, glamourous make up, so keeping it simple is best for me. I have a basic look I trust day to day and for evenings I’ll spice it up with some black eyeliner or a red lip gloss.

F: What’s the most memorable party outfit you’ve ever worn?
LC: The Matthew Williamson dress I wore for my first movie premiere was a really special one!

F: What’s the most regrettable formal wear decision you’ve ever made?
LC: For the Gemini Awards about three years ago, I decided to go with pants and a fancy top. The whole night I felt ridiculously underdressed so I learned my lesson. Checking the dress code is crucial.

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FLARE: What do you consider when deciding on an outfit for a holiday party?
Deana Casaluce: First, I always consider the dress code. The worst thing is when you’re over or underdressed for an occasion. Second, I think of comfort. I have to be able to dance and sit – I want to be able to enjoy myself!

F: What is the most important factor in deciding whether an outfit is right or not?
DC: It is very important that I feel great in an outfit. You know; look good, feel great!

F: What is your favourite formal-wear trend this year?
DC: We’re going back to fashion that flatters a woman’s body: accentuating a real waistline, hugging the hips – it all looks so wonderful!

F: What’s your advice for hair and makeup?
DC: Keep it simple and natural. I don’t trust wearing the colours of the rainbow on my face, unless maybe it’s red lipstick for the holidays.

F: What’s the most memorable party outfit you’ve ever worn?
DC: For my prom I designed a dress – it’s beautiful. It’s a super elegant strapless number that’s black silk with a high slit up the front so that when I walk, the white silk lining makes an appearance. It puddles on the floor. I’d like to wear it every day if I could.

F: What’s the most regrettable formal wear decision you’ve ever made?
DC: Buying shoes at the last minute and not getting the chance to break them in, ouch!

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FLARE: What do you consider when deciding on an outfit for a holiday party?
Miriam McDonald: Usually, I have a colour in mind. For holiday parties I try to avoid the clichéd red or green, but silver and gold are always a great choice! Next, I think about what kind of jacket I can wear over my outfit, since the biggest parties usually have a way of happening on the snowiest day of the year!

F: What is your favourite formal-wear trend this year?
MM: Belts, belts, belts!

F: How do you stand out from the crowd?
MM: By being true to my own style.

F: What’s your advice for hair and makeup?
MM: Simplicity is best. I pick one feature to accent and focus on it.

F: What’s the most memorable party outfit you’ve ever worn?
MM: A canary yellow, empire waist dress by BCBG with turquoise peek-toe pumps.

F: What’s the most regrettable formal wear decision you’ve ever made?
MM: Well, let’s just say that I looked like a garden… It was pretty floral.

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