Amra and Elma Talk Staying Stylish for the Winter


Stylish sisters, Amra and Elma Beganovich tell Downtown which clothing pieces they will be rocking for the holidays as well as share tips on how they maintain glamorous hair and makeup in the wayward winter weather.

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Photo: Courtesy of Amra and Elma

How do you dress fashionably in cold weather?

Elma: I have always been a fan of layering; thus, for me, winter is sort of a special treat because I have the chance to use my creative side to put together (what I hope to be) spectacular looks. Caveat—I would advise layering the right fabrics, which means fabrics that are not too bulky when paired together. For instance, pair a silk blouse with an oversized knitted cardigan to pull off an office look or put together a cream knitted turtleneck with a camel cape to add a bit of casual holiday glamour. Then, who can resist long gloves with ¾ length sleeved coat? This is another touch of Old Hollywood glamour that you can add to that winter charm. Another styling tip for the cold weather is to opt an oversized wide blanket scarf and cozy gloves that are cashmere lined.

Amra: Personally, I believe that cold weather lends itself to more fashionable ensembles; you are able to layer different textures and accessories. Also, you can wear striking shoes like over the knee ones I am currently really into. Oversized cozy sweaters go really well with everything from pencil skirts to jeans. I also love hats, particularly beanies and fedoras. A great scarf can keep you warm but also serve as an amazing statement piece; plaid scarfs are trendy and effortless.

What are some styles that are perfect for a holiday party?

Elma: I would definitely say sheer (if you can stand the cold) tops to go over your holiday dress. Alternatively, I would try dresses with lace details, e.g., dresses with lace sleeves or backs, or a lace boatneck. Also, to get a lot of mileage out of any cocktail dress, I would suggest opting for an LBD with lace detail, which can be worn during (almost) any season.

Amra: When it comes to dressing up for the holidays, I believe that less is more. Elegant simple black, gray, or a beige dress looks timeless when combined with a classic pump or peep toe booties. I am really into simple clothing at the moment with emphasis on few but striking accessories. I also love dark lipstick for winter parties; deep red (or if you are daring “vampy” colored) lips are edgy but elegant.

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Photo: Courtesy of Amra and Elma

What are some makeup and hair tricks for the holidays? 

Elma: Makeup tricks for the holidays—always have a matte red lipstick and shimmering face luminizer on hand, and those two are sure to turn heads. Besides using a powder-like highlighter around my cheekbones, I mix my eye cream with a highlighting skin tint, “Feeling Younger” from Lush, to illuminate my brow bones. In the winter, since we spend a lot of time indoors where the air is dry, moisturizing it properly (I use a face cream infused with coconut and argan oil).

Amra: Fishtail braid is my go to hair style when I have about 5 minutes to do my hair and need to look put together; I even did my own fish tail braid for a gala I went to this winter, and it looked amazing. For makeup, I love liquid eyeliner and sparkles. I try and always emphasize one feature of my face: either eyes or lips, but never both. If I go for cat eyes with silver or gold sparkles/glitter on my lids, I will use a nude lip-gloss. Otherwise, I like wearing deep red or purple lipstick with just mascara.

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