Between worrying about gifts, hosting friends and family, and making sure your sanity is intact, picking your holiday outfit might feel like an unnecessary headache.
Well, headache begone! We’ve assembled some easy to pull together, yet awesome looks you can rock to your next holiday office party, dinners orFriendsgiving.
On this list, you’ll find easy outfit combinations you can pull from your closet and thrifted treasures that with a few modifications can make your look and feel amazing. Ready? Let’s jump in.
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The Bold and Bright Holiday Party Dress
Pick a fun dress in a bold color (read: not black) that matches your undertones and complexion. There is nothing worse than the dress wearing you, and speaking as someone who has bought dresses that I regret, it’s not worth your hard-earned money.
To find your bright, bold, treasure, look to consignment stores for treasures that love your body as is, or get the dress in question altered, but remember, it’s always easier to size down than to size up!
Add some sparkle with either a few minimal accessories or an equally attention-grabbing accessory.
If you do go the bold accessory route, remember to keep the rest of your accessories simple (or non-existent). I would rock this bold earring and leave the rest of my accessories at home.
A Simply Perfect Velvet Dress
Velvet is one of my favorite fabrics, and I’m glad to see it’s gotten fairly popular this last year.
I love to scour Thrift stores for velvet finds that I can either resize and modify or just wear as is. This brown dress was no exception it came to me via Goodwill for $5 with no alterations needed.
Ok, so a great velvet dress but how do I wear it? Given that it has minimal detailing (a mock neck and A-line shape) I pair it with a fun necklace or bold earrings.
In this instance, I went with cheetah print booties and this lovely antique necklace.
The colors of the necklace contrast vividly against the brown dress and the shoes add a touch of whimsy.
Black dress with statement shoes and earrings
While I don’t think every woman has to have a little black dress, I do see the benefit in having a dress in a muted or dark color you can throw on and can work for various occasions. Whether that dress is black, brown, grey or even ox-blood depends on what colors suit your skin tone and undertones best. Because Jenna has a clear undertone and coloring, a black dress like the one picture suits her.
Pair it with some unique earrings in this geometrical, modern design and bold print shoes and your dress is ready for that office party, or night on the town.
Sparkly shorts, sweater, and tights
The holidays are a great time to add some sparkle into your look. When wearing something with a lot of glitter, remember to tone down the rest of your look so the clothes don’t wear you.
My tip, you can add another statement piece, but not much more, to avoid being drowned by an overly “loud” outfit, after all, you should shine, not just the outfit. I would, for example wear cheetah print shoes with sparkly shorts and a soft cream sweater. The two elements the sparkly shorts, and the cheetah print shoes, would mean I’d have pretty simplistic earrings. This is all in an effort to both draw attention to the cool shorts, but also not to overwhelm the senses.
A minimal holiday outfit and a bold lip
Simple blazer and pants, with a bold lip that matches the colors in the outfit can be both festive and easy to pull together. In this look, the shirt and pants are pretty simple. The shoes add interesting visual, as does the bold lip. Footwear is a good place to play with cool outfit details, as is makeup.
With this look, a simpler makeup approach is best, as the rest of the outfit is fairly simple and minimalistic.
Monochrome top and blazer
Monochrome can be a real statement. There’s something bold about going out in a show-stopping bold color. In this look, Jenna rocks and all white blazer and tip that’s lovely against her clear undertones. White may not be the best color on you but wherever you fall on the spectrum, pick a bold color and wear it head to toe to will certainly turn heads (and win hearts).
Simple ideas with a silk shirt, jeans, and bold clutch
So what if you want to wear jeans? My vote, pair it with an ultra-luxe fabric like silk and a fun handbag to dress up your jeans. A silk shirt, a cashmere sweater or wrap can work to dress up your jeans. If you want to add even more oomph to the outfit, you can throw on a fur (or faux fur) jacket that will keep you warm and add some punch to the look.
Rock a Jumpsuit
If there is a time when jumpsuits are a go-to, the holidays are it. Jumpsuits are a statement (and entire outfit) in and of themselves. You can either wear them on their own, or throw on a wrap, or stole to the look. If your jumpsuit feels too baggy, a good way to give it definition is with a belt.
Have fun with fur
It’s chilly this time of year in the northern hemisphere, and if there’s a time to play dress up, the holidays are it. Fur or a lovely printed silk scarf can add a little warmth to your outfit even when you’re indoors.
It can also liven up a look, whether it’s a bold dress or an all-black number. And the feeling of the softness against your skin will feel oh-so-luxe.
Planning Your Holiday Outfits Doesn’t Need to be Stressful
Yes the holidays are a time to dress up but with the right accessories and some flexibility they can be a good time to test out a new look or hone in on what works.
Whatever you choose to wear, remember to wear it with confidence, even a great outfit can be ruined by a lack of confidence (i.e. tagging and pulling at it, or not moving around as freely as you’d like). So rock what you ear with confidence and you’ll look and feel great.
By the way, if you live in the Duluth Area, on November 11, we’ll be hosting our holiday outfit shopping event. Click here to learn more about this fun event and get ready for the holidays with us.