Pearl Jam
Remember the pearls grandma wore on special occasions? Well, today's sunken treasures have got their glam on. The neo-pearls seen in the Triangle this season are extra-large and extra-spicy. They're found not just on jewelry but on headbands, nail adornments, shoes and handbags.



Go Bold With Accessories
This season, Triangle women are wearing bold, loud, adventurous, flamboyant statements. Bags are oversized and feature embellishments (feathers, anyone?). Hats are trending with the shiny beret, glam baseball cap and jaunty fedora. And just look at the wild boot selection! Best-sellers include the sock boot, the ankle boot, the past-the-knee boot, the combat boot, the stiletto boot, the cowboy boot and the slouch boot.


Party Dresses That Fit... You
Give your little black dress a break this month, and stand out in a sea of onyx at holiday gatherings in Raleigh, Durham, Cary and environs. When shopping, look for a silhouette that flatters. Generally, A-line garments are super for pear shapes while V-necklines are perfect for bustier gals. Choose knee-length or midi if you're tall and shorter hemlines if petite.


Makes Scents
Designer duds not in your budget? Head to Southpoint or Crabtree Valley malls and splurge on a signature scent from a bold-face name. Better yet, put it on your holiday wish list. Surely, Santa will come down the chimney with it tucked under his arm.


Buckle up, Baby
Daring belts are back in the spotlight as can't-miss finishing touches. These broad waist-cinchers often feature large buckles and other attention-grabbing details. Wide belts are turning up in woven, leather and metallic materials. The outfit-makers enhance the waistline and create the illusion of an hourglass figure. Carolina Woman editors are in!