Pittsburgh fashion that sparkles for the season



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.

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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.

Show-stopping shoes

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.

Sparkly separates

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.

Eye-catching jewelry

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.

Luxe leathers

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.


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