Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

The Statement Essentials – A Holiday Style Guide

The holidays are the perfect time to be a bit more adventurous with your wardrobe – shine, embellishment and statement accessories. All it takes is one key piece to make a look. Here are our picks. Compiled by Santanae.


Whether it's a single showstopper earring or quirky pin, over-the-top accessories are the easiest, and potentially least expensive, way to add drama to an otherwise simple outfit. Take a look at the designer inspiration, from Celine & YSL, that sparked the trend. 


Sequins are a no-brainer for the glitziest season of the year. Street style stars have enjoyed dazzling daytime sequins to capture photographer attention all year long, now is the time for the rest of us to enjoy. Bring on the shine! 


We've long sung the praise of investing in a second (or third!) coat with pizazz. This cold climate dictates that we spend far too much time in coats – let's make it one that we enjoy wearing. Think of it as part of your complete look.


Whether it's a jumpsuit or a traditional two piece number in a hot colour (we adore winter white!) – a suit is a chic alternative for evening, and beyond easy, to boot!


All it takes is a pop a a regal jewel tone to liven up an otherwise simple look. Extra style points if you pair with another statement piece, like embellished pants, à la Nicole Ritchie.

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