'Tis The Season For Sparkly, Ridiculous Attire

Dec 21, 2008 | Updated May 25, 2011

Like most things that involve Fashion with a capital "F", today's New York Times piece can't seem to make up its mind: does the tough economic climate mean everyone is dressing more outrageously...

Last year, as gas prices skyrocketed and home values declined, it was actually short and skin-tight dresses that were selling. As the economy worsened, fashion moved in still stranger and less expected directions, toward bondage references, for example, but also harem pants, jumpsuits, prep school and polish, all at the same time. The result, coming out at night this holiday season, is evening wear that looks like a mash-up of "Mad Men" and "Gossip Girl."

or is everyone dressing more somberly?

Robert Burke, a former fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman who is now a luxury consultant, reported that women are buying "nothing too loud, nothing that screams fashion." Elie Tahari said that taffeta gowns and extravagant looks are going to be less popular than something that can be worn beyond the season, like skirts and jackets that can be layered and gussied up with a piece of jewelry.

What do you think?

But if you're in the mood to buy something sparkly, may we recommend these?