Holidays are just as hectic as they are great which is why coming up with the perfect outfit for every occasion can seem more like a drag than enjoyable. Whether your calendar is maxed out with parties, or you’re planning on spending way too many hours at the mall, below are a few key items that will mix well into your existing wardrobe to help create easy holiday looks so you don’t have to spend a lot of money every time an invite rolls around.
I came across a quote from actor Omari Hardwick that said “Shoes make an outfit; they are like rims for a car.” It’s so true. An embellished bootie can really upgrade a basic sweater and jean look when finding those last minute gifts at the mall, and a glitter covered heel can make any little black dress pop. If you feel a bit underwhelmed with your clothing options for the holiday activities, don’t underestimate the power of a statement shoe.
I’ve had a pair of polka dot tights for about six years now and they never fail to bring in the compliments. They are also super fun to wear. A patterned tight is a subtle way of adding a little extra something to your look without blinding people with the typical holiday bling. They can be sexy, sophisticated, and easily add texture and print to a look such as a simple sweater dress or a skirt and sweater combo (one of my favs you learned about from my last post). Opt for tasteful patterns and avoid breaking out the fishnets when you should be dressing more conservatively such as at an office holiday party.
Scarves are essential on days you have zero motivation and just want to throw on a long sleeve knit and some comfy pants. Not only are they great for styling your casual running errands look, but they are also very useful in eveningwear as well. Opt for a fur/faux fur stole or scarf when you need to dress up for a special occasion and colorful plaids or a pretty print for your basic casual outfits.
While this one doesn’t lend itself to one item, one of the reasons holiday dressing is so fun (if you don’t stress over it!) is because everything is so lush and luxe. You have silks and velvets, cashmere and furs, embellishments and sequins. Opting for items in luxe textures is probably one of the easiest ways to be seasonally appropriate because one piece can accommodate in creating the entire look- a beautiful silk top, a velvet handbag, or a sequined dress.
Everyone has a different style and likes/dislikes. Apply ideas and wear things that make you feel your best whether it’s a decked out sequin jumpsuit or a simple blouse with jeans. I hope you find a way to shine this holiday season whether it’s hopping around the party circuit or baking cookies at home with loved ones. x0x