The holiday season can be a whirlwind of errands – shopping, wrapping, cleaning, baking, decorating, and more shopping, all of this on top of a 40-hour work week. As if that isn’t exhausting enough, you are expected to attend a number of seasonal soirees where you can toast the holidays with friends, co-workers and family.
Regardless of how much you would prefer to be snoozing next to a crackling fire in your Lulu’s and footies, instead you must gather up all of your remaining energy, march to your closet and pull together some looks that will turn you into a festive fashionista. Ugly Christmas Sweaters need not apply!
Don’t fret, if you have some of these key items in your closet, consider yourself good to go. If not, then perhaps in the midst of your shopping for everyone else on your list, you can pick up a few party savers for yourself, but be sure to comparison check for sale pricing!
The Little Black Dress
Let’s state the obvious first and get it over with. Most every woman has that great LBD, one that accentuates your body (where it deserves accentuating) and forgives and conceals those areas that need it. Have some fun with old faithful for the holidays, add a belt in exotic faux skin, paired with high black boots, or play off your gorgeous gams with a sexy (and oh so appropriate) red heel. Your jewelry can be a simple bold cuff or a statement necklace.
The Metallic Evening Shoe
When darting from the office to a post work holiday gathering, simply switching up your sensible black pumps to a flirty pair of metallic shoes will turn your basic black pantsuit or demure black pencil skirt, into a glam statement of confidence. Your options are endless – strappy sandals, kitten heels, sequined adorned, ballet flats and more, it all reads more festive in silver or gold, but don’t pay a lot for the once in a blue moon shoe – this one is under 40 bucks!
The Sequined Tank
Nothing says “Happy New Year” quite like sequins. (OK maybe champagne does…) The beauty of a sequined tank is that it flatters women of most any shape and age. Pair it with skinny jeans and heels, a pair of dark tailored men’s trousers or a skirt. Cropped jackets, trenches, tuxedo style blazers and denim jackets all work to down play the arms (if needed) and keep you warm.
Make it bold and make it yours. A string of pearls, although always a classic, does not a strong impression make. Take any outfit (jeans and a T?) and give it instant party cred by donning a big, boldly cut, chunky cocktail ring, epic chandelier earrings or a rockstar necklace!
Leather has for years been a go-to holiday staple in my own closet. Pair up some butter soft black leather pants with a cashmere sweater and high heels for a party look that is almost as comfortable as the aforementioned feet pajamas. A leather pencil skirt with a fabulous blouse, opaque tights and pumps can also be a reliable staple. One of the best things about leather, you won’t have to waste time ironing!
For holidays it should be anything BUT the basic work button down. Try something with ruffles, tuxedo style, big cuffs, taffeta, sheer, halter… the options are endless! Choose a style that complements your figure then pair it with skinny or trouser jeans, menswear pants, black skirts, leather pants, even ball gown skirts! Yes, this one is an investment piece but Anne Fontaine is well worth it!
Leave the oversized bucket bag at work. For holiday parties, keep your must carry essentials to a minimum (lipstick, debit card, breath mints) so they can fit in this undersized accessory. Let the statement come from its art and craftsmanship, choose one jewel encrusted or slim and trimmed in satin. For once, bigger is not necessarily better.
Fashionably Fun Leg Coverings
I’m hesitant to use the term “hose” lest is conjures up images of nurses in their white panty hose and my own nightmare memories of baggy elephant legs after my sheer nylons lost their stretch. Today’s options are much more fashion forward, even while being flashbacks in their own right. Fishnets in either black, monochromatic or flesh toned will add instant sex appeal to any dress or skirt. Opaque tights in black or unexpected bold colors will keep the winter chill off of your legs while acting as a punctuation mark to your outfit.
The Color Red
It is the holidays after all so celebrate with one of its hallmark colors. Bold red lips make an entrance (but be sure to balance it with a subtle eye). If you can’t pull off the red lips then opt for candy apple red nail polish. Break up your black ensemble with a red belt or scarf. However you decide to incorporate the shade of the season, maybe now is the time to own a pretty red sweater!.
Modern Evening Jacket
And by modern I mean, “not a shawl”. Your wrap could have sleeves built in, be a shrug or sheer jacket. Ideally, it is something so unique that it stands on its own while complementing your look. One made of silk in brighter colors with metallic threads add a festive note. Take off the black work blazer, replace it with an unexpected topper and you will keep yourself warm while turning heads.
If you have any of the above articles already in your closet, you are ready to rock the holiday parties effortlessly. If you are lacking these evening basics, just remember while shopping for others, you also have been very good this year and deserve a little something in your stocking… why wait until December 25th?