Written by: May Doherty, Owner
It’s that time of year again. The time to start RSVPing for an event every weekend, buying hostess gifts in bulk and most importantly, figuring out what to wear for each occasion. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, most of us attend a wide variety of events, some dressy, some more casual. Whether you are trying to look professional but cute at your office party, or festive and chic at your bff’s holiday soirée, we’re here to help. We’ve put together some outfit formulas and looks that won’t steer you wrong.
BEFORE YOU CHOOSE
Holiday dressing is typically festive in nature so think about choosing pieces with luxe textures like velvet, leather, sequins, rich metallics and cozy knits. Consider the occasion and setting to decide how you will mix these elements. Also, consider what type of clothing you feel most comfortable in; are you more of a pants person than a dress or skirt person? That's okay! We can help you chose an outfit no matter what your preference is. Keep reading to see our outfit suggestions for each category.
A LBD (Little Black Dress) is always a safe bet but who says holiday dressing has to be so cut and dry? Maybe it’s time to step outside your comfort zone and put on something bold or sparkly! Here are some ideas:
Short sequin dress + tailored blazer and over-the-knee boots
Short velvet or lame dress with puffy sleeves worn with tights (or dark pantyhose) and high heels. Add long rhinestone earrings for added impact.
Leather (or faux leather) dress worn with booties and cool belt (hosiery optional)
Long satin dress in a solid color worn with tall boots and chunky jewelry
The beauty of separates is that each individual piece can be styled in multiple ways. The slip skirt you may have worn this past spring with a t-shirt and sandals can now be worn with a chunky sweater and boots or booties. Here are some of our favorite combos:
Pleated midi skirt + chunky sweater. Try a monochromatic look, especially head-to-toe winter white. Just add tall boots and statement earrings.
Satin slip skirt (log or midi length) + men’s white button-down shirt with pointy-toe pump
Plaid mini skirt + velvet top with bright tights and a chunky-heeled lace-up bootie
Let’s face it; pants are the warmer option. But just because your legs are covered doesn’t mean you can’t still look sizzling hot. Here are some pant outfits we love:
A Le Smoking suit (aka female tuxedo) is always on par for a festive holiday look but why not up the sexy factor and wear it without a shirt. OR, try a satin pantsuit in a bold color like hot pink for the maximum wow factor. Wear with pointy toe heels in suede and a beaded clutch.
Jumpsuits are (like dresses) the perfect one-piece outfit. Consider a jewel tone velvet jumpsuit paired with a cropped cardigan and great heeled sandals. OR, a crepe tuxedo-style jumpsuit worn with a floral-printed velvet blazer and your favorite high-heeled booties.
Textured pants+sweater. Some of our favorite textured pants include snake prints, velvet, plaid and leather. They all look great with a chunky knit sweater..especially ones with some metallic threads woven through. Keep proportions in mind: a skinny silhouette pant looks best with a longer, more over sized sweater whereas a fuller pant (i.e. pleated or paper bag waist) looks best with a cropped chunky knit or a tucked in finer knit.
Jeans + velvet or textured blazer. Denim is ultra-versatile and can be styled up for a dressier look. Stick to slimmer cuts and darker washes and pair with a dressy blazer in satin, velvet or boucle (think Chanel-inspired). Pair with your tall high heeled boots (bonus points if they have a texture like croc print)or fanciest pumps for the perfect dressy-casual look.
Make this holiday season your best one yet with fashionable and easy outfits that make you feel and look your best.