Even if you're traveling this holiday season, there's no reason you can't shop beforehand at home.
Whether you're looking for something special to wear to a festive function or a gift for a fellow fashionista, Pittsburgh-based designers, shops and e-boutiques offer a mix of high-end looks and one-of-a-kind options at a range of price points.
Here are some trends and must-haves for the holidays, as well as a few places in Pittsburgh to find them.
A versatile clutch
Keep essentials close in a modestly sized handbag. Invest in something neutral that will complement any outfit this holiday — and beyond. The gold Sofia clutch by Sandra Cadavid ($525; www.sandracadavid.com) is handmade in the designer’s native country of Colombia.
Put some sparkle in your strut with shoes that boast a bit of bling. The Ellen black suede crystal boots by Emy Mack ($740; www.emymack.com) are handmade in Italy. Shop the collection locally by appointment at the Emy Mack showroom, 5417 Walnut St., Shadyside.
A pop of color
Stand out in a crowd with a monochromatic look that channels the colors of the season. The jungle gym A-line dress by Lawrenceville-based designer Kelly Lane ($218; www.kellylanedesign.com) is available in a variety of colors by appointment at her studio at 100 43rd St., Suite 108.
For more low-key gatherings, add some class to a casual look with sweaters, blazers or cardigans that shimmer. The sequin cropped cardi by American Eagle ($59.95; www.ae.com) can dress up slacks or denim as an alternative to cocktail attire.
A bevy of baubles
Give more visual interest to a simple look with layers of bracelets made with natural materials including rock crystal, pyrite, lavender druzy, jade, cognac quartz with rubies and black onyx. They’re $325-$450 at Studio Booth (www.studio-booth.com), 6343 Penn Ave., next to Trader Joe’s in East Liberty.
Make a statement with jaw-dropping jewelry that sparkles like a blanket of fresh snow. Black diamond and other crystal pieces ($29-$149; www.sabika-jewelry.com) by Robinson-headquartered direct sales jewelry brand Sabika can be the finishing touch to a glamorous get-up or a dose of glitz for an everyday ensemble.
Put a (fur) ring on it
Bring some femme fatale glam to festivities with a fur ringlet, such as the faux ladylike stole from ModCloth ($39.99; www.modcloth.com). Combine it with a curve-hugging dress, such as ModCloth’s retro-inspired Bettie Page frock ($157.99), for a true bombshell moment.
Take a lesson from the runway: Combining luxury fabrics with more casual ones is a way to shade a look with texture and personality. The short-sleeved knit T-shirt dress with faux leather sequins ($264; Carabella, 328 Allegheny River Blvd. in Oakmont) is such a perfect marriage of elegance and edge.