All dressed up…

Boyd Thomas ready to roll out holiday fashions

Holiday fashions will be on the runway for men and women at the Wrapped in Style fashion show to benefit Hearing and Speech Foundation.

Holiday fashions will be on the runway for men and women at the Wrapped in Style fashion show to benefit Hearing and Speech Foundation.

Have you seen them?

The signs are everywhere. The holidays are coming, and there is no way to stop them, so the best bet would be to prepare yourself. It’s time to start thinking about what you will wear to the holiday office party, luncheon, banquet or cocktail party.

“The main thing about holiday fashion for women, is it’s not just a Christmas sweater,” said Marti Womac, co-owner with her husband, Bill, of Boyd Thomas Clothing in downtown Maryville.

According to Marti, holiday looks that do not scream Christmas or holiday are classic styles that will work for any holiday party or event.

Holiday fashions will be featured at the Wrapped in Style fashion show benefitting the Hearing and Speech Foundation. The holiday preview, presented by Boyd Thomas Clothing, will be held at The Barn Event Center in Townsend on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m.

“We are delighted to participate,” Womac said. She said the Hearing and Speech Foundation is an important organization that provides hearing aids for people in East Tennessee who cannot afford them. The Foundation also takes donated hearing aids and reconditions them to provide to people in need.

Attendees to the fashion show can see the latest, newest holiday looks with all the sparkle, shine, lace and embellishment.

For the holidays, women look for statement pieces, Womac said. A statement piece

is an eye-catching piece of clothing or an accessory that reflects one’s personality. Bold jewelry or a stunning jacket are excellent statement pieces for the holidays.

Art-inspired looks make unique statement pieces. A jacket with a bold print can brighten any ensemble, she said.

Many women have several parties to attend throughout the holidays. If purchasing a special outfit for each event is not an option, Womac suggests buying separate pieces. Mixing and matching the classic looks with that one new, unique, fun piece is a way any woman can update her wardrobe for a holiday party.

“Start with a drapey, soft black pant,” Womac suggests. Other pieces Womac recommends are a good, black top and a printed top or jacket that is fun. And save room for that stunning piece of jewelry.

Animal prints, lace, sparkles, embellishments, soft and shimmery pieces are looks that will be seen at holiday events.

The boyfriend jacket is huge this year, according to Womac. While some women opt to raid their boyfriend’s or husband’s closet for the perfect boyfriend jacket, other women choose to find the perfect boxy blazer that is cut to accentuate the feminine frame. Layering with chains, a pretty scarf or art deco jewelry also softens the look.

The versatility of the boyfriend jacket is appealing to women. It provides a lean, long look and can be worn with layered tops and with skinny jeans for a casual look. To dress it up, pair the boyfriend jacket with a flowing short or long chiffon dress.

Marti Womac urges women to try something new. “Don’t be afraid to wear a skinny leg jean with a dressy, glam, glitzy, over-the-top jacket.”

As for color, you can’t beat tradition. “Red is always a stand-out for the holidays,” Womac said.

Boyd Thomas Clothing has several pieces that will easily transition from day to evening wear, or pieces that are perfect for that daytime holiday banquet or luncheon that they will be showing at the Wrapped in Style fashion show. Also on the runway at the show will be casual lounge wear -- from comfy robes to towel wraps -- from the bath junkie.

The important thing for women to consider when shopping for the perfect holiday pieces is to be comfortable with what you are wearing, Marti Womac said. “Wear your style, something you’re comfortable in.”

For more information about the Wrapped in Style fashion show, call 865-977-0981 or email Tickets for the event are $45 and a discount is available for tables of eight.

Wrapped in Style details:

Fashions for the luncheon show will be provided by Boyd Thomas Clothing for Men and Woman in Maryville and the bath junkie from Knoxville. Holiday fashions featured will included everything from party wear to what to wear for a holiday dinner with the family.

Well-known fashionista Mertie Elliot, who owned Mertie’s fashion shop for 35 years, will emcee the event.

Tickets are $45 and are on sale at Hearing and Speech Foundation, Boyd Thomas Clothing and the Garden Shop in Townsend.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Barn Event Center of the Smokies in Townsend.

For more information, call 865-977-0981 or email

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