It’s happening. You know what we’re talking about – all the social gatherings. It starts off with Thanksgiving. The office holiday party is usually next on the calendar. And then the season really starts kicking into gear, often with dressier cocktail parties and more formal celebrations. We’re tackling them all this week with your Complete Holiday Dressing Guide. (And we’ll be talking about some casually cozy dressing for those home visits and ski trips after Thanksgiving.)
Fall fashions have really lent themselves to a seamless transition for the upcoming holidays. Cozy sweaters and rich textured fabrics; plaids and ski-like intarsia patterns; shades of oranges, rusts, and burnt reds, as well as rich greens and browns – they all scream for a Thanksgiving table. And with every shade of red, scrumptious velvets, chunky jewels and embellishment so prominent this season, it's no surprise to also see them as must-have looks for holiday parties. Of course, what we see in magazines and runway looks isn't necessarily how we're going to suggest wearing the trends. As you know, we recommend modern and updated looks that don't veer too far into “flash in the pan” fashions. But they do easily translate for every fashion personality. After all, we believe in good quality and want you to wear this stuff again. So, what is our advice for this season’s holiday party circuit?
Seasonally Casual Looks: From pumpkin pie and the Thanksgiving Day Parade to cookie swaps and tree trimming parties, casual looks with a festive flare are a must. Playing with the colors of the season in timelessly easy pieces like sweaters, jeans, and simple pants or casual dresses make it easy to be comfortable and chic. Think wintery patterns, autumnal hues, every shade of red or deep green, and gold and silver metallic (great for a casual New Years Eve, too). And while you’re at it, think fluffy cashmere, and fabrics with great stretch. After all, what’s the fun of the season if you can’t eat and drink, and still feel confident in how you look?;) SEE 2 OUTFIT IDEAS IN THIS WEEK’S FASHION FINDS>>
Office Party Style: Walking the line between office appropriate and holiday-right can always be tricky. You want to maintain a level of professionalism, and still give off an air of “fun”. We recommend sticking with silhouettes you would normally wear to the office, and doing them in festive colors and fabrics. For example, if you often wear a suit to work, choose a velvet blazer to pair with classic trousers and a beautiful silk blouse or lace shell. Switch up your basic sheath dress for one in rich red, green, or blue. For a more casual environment, a plaid button-down under a cozy cardigan with jeans (coated or dark) and velvet loafers will look just right. Since the party may be in the office or somewhere else just after work, we love changing out our accessories before heading to the festivities. Throw a velvet clutch into your work tote, along with a bold red lipstick and some great statement jewelry, and you’ll have some easy finishing touches that will solidify your look. SEE 2 OUTFIT IDEAS IN THIS WEEK’S FASHION FINDS>>
Dressy Celebration Fashions: From cocktail parties to dinner and dancing galas, there is no better opportunity to really show off some festive glam style. And that doesn’t have to mean a red dress (though that is as chic as ever this season.) If you like some sparkle and shine, want to show off some pretty velvet, or love feminine lace…it’s time to get excited. Black remains timelessly modern, especially when done in rich fabrics and paired with some great jewelry and embellishment. Whether you choose a cocktail dress, tuxedo-inspired suit separates, or an upscale skirt/blouse combination with a wrap, the rich reds, greens, and blues of the season will always look just right. And they’re pieces you can wear for New Year’s Eve, too. SEE 2 OUTFIT IDEAS IN THIS WEEK’S FASHION FINDS>>
This week’s Fashion Finds, “The Holiday Lookbook: 6 Outfits from Casual to Dressy”, has the 6 outfits that will get you through every holiday get-together and party in the weeks ahead. And when you’re not off celebrating, mix-and-match the pieces with your existing wardrobe to update your winter look all season long. Let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media.