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Dressing Festive For the Holidays


It’s that time of year when everyone is gathering and celebrating. Stores are filled with garments galore, full of glitter and sequins in each and every store. Oh, what a magical time!

However, a common mistake − even I do this − is wanting to sparkle. It’s the holidays, why not shine? I have learned how to look festive without resembling ornaments on a Christmas tree.

Casually Festive:

For a casual gathering, you want to keep with the traditional holiday colors: red and green. I like to add winter whites because I feel they look sharp and crisp in colder weather. Of course, I love a floppy wide-brim hat or fedora, which I think complements any ensemble. Another unique way to play with holiday colors is to find a plaid or tartan print that incorporates red. Paired with a velvet skirt and heels, this ensemble will look festive and casual for a small gathering or a night out with friends.

Additionally, retailers are selling leather leggings in a variety of colors from cream to red. The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to pair leather leggings with a neutral cable-knit sweater and heeled ankle boots. The leather leggings and ankle boots not only toughen up the look but also add modernity to the ensemble. Since the leggings are black, the red and black grid-checked jacket and the handbag act as the standout pieces to infuse the ensemble with holiday spirit.

Formally Festive:

The holiday season is a great time to play dress up for a spirited occasion. For these three looks, I decided to play with colors and neutrals. In my mind, a muted gold can be a neutral. For the festival holiday gathering, sequins are always appropriate in moderation. For the coats, I choose a cape dustcoat and cocoon coats, which have been seen on the Jil Sander and Christian Dior runway shows. Even though the cocoon coat gives a new silhouette, it is a modern look that is on trend

When pairing the sequins, I decided to make it the focal point and lighten the look by adding femininity with a long skirt in a lightweight fabric. The skirt and top ensemble is a little more modern than a dress and can be the perfect look for a formal event where you may find yourself downtown later. Since the ensemble had neutral colors, I kept the heels nude.

The second look featured the bold red cocoon coat as the focal point. Since the little black dress was classic and feminine, I decided to add a faux fur collar to make it even more elegant. The heels and clutch were also red and tied in the holiday look. This ensemble would be perfect for a family gathering.

For the final look, the foundation garment was the gold pleated metallic taffeta skirt. Since the color was so vibrant, the red cable-knit sweater was the perfect mix of subtle and sparkles. To finish the ensemble, the pointed metallic booties with black inset gave it a rock-n-roll glamour that can transition to a formal gathering to a night on the town.

During the holiday season, despite what you wear, it is always good to consider who will be hosting the events, the event location, and time of the event. Taking all these into consideration, will help guide your decision on what to wear. Additionally, the holiday season is not the time for dull and informal wear. However, you don’t want to stray too far into the holiday festivities and show up with Christmas tree earrings, which is never okay. The holiday season is a time to create an ensemble that not only showcases your festive holiday mood but also who you are as an individual


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