The holiday party season can be a source of serious wardrobe problems, but we have plenty of suggestions to help you inject some festive spirit into your look!
The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means a calendar full of festivities as well as a calendar full of seasonal sartorial conundrums. It can be difficult to put together a look for a holiday party, but we have put together a handy list of eight tips that we are confident will help you out. What is our top recommendation? HAVE A GREAT TIME! This holiday season is all about standing out — and more than a little sparkle — so keep your shyness to yourself until after New Year’s.
1. Start with eye-catching outerwear.
Each evening, it is likely that it will be cold outside when you arrive at your holiday soirees, so a stylish coat is a must-have. It is the first thing people notice, and it can be used to tie your entire outfit together. Make sure it is perfectly fitted — you can always take it to your friendly neighborhood tailor for some alterations — and if you want to up the ante on style, try one with a fashion-forward silhouette or an interesting texture, such as fur or embroidery. Last but not least, adorn your overcoat with a broach or cinch it with a belt to make it stand out!
2. It is your time to shine!
There is no better time of year than the holidays to use glitter. Include a glistening piece in your holiday ensemble, such as a sequined skirt, a metallic blazer, or a pair of cute, crystal-embellished shoes. But be careful not to overdo it; limit yourself to one or two pieces per outfit. You do not want to be misidentified as a Christmas tree, do you?
3. To reflect the spirit of the season, add a splash of color to your look.
While a little black dress is always a safe bet for any party, it is a rather dull option for the holidays. Try incorporating the season’s popular jewel tones, neons, or acid brights into your outfit to get into the holiday spirit!
4. Embrace the velvet renaissance.
It may be difficult to resurrect this ’90s trend, but it is ideal for the holidays. If you are still not convinced, try a dress or coat in the soft, shimmering fabric in rich tones like plum or burgundy — if that does not work, try a pair of velvet shoes or an accessory like a hat or scarf. Hey, if Alexander Wang can do it, it is certainly worth a shot.
5. Eye-catching jewelry is required.
The holidays are the perfect time to wear an armful of bangles, a massive bib necklace, or a cocktail ring the size of a doorknob. Make a statement with your jewelry, but keep the rest of your outfit simple.
6. Try out a daring, festive beauty look.
Fans of a smokey eye, a bold red lip, or an intricate up-do, rejoice! We all know that these looks are not for every day, so when the holidays arrive, try something more directional and daring.
7. Experiment with textures and layers.
Simplicity is best left for another season; during the holidays, you should look festive and interesting. Try it in leather, lace, faux fur, or all-embellished-everything!
8. Remove the denim.
You have 11 months to wear your skinny jeans, so store them until the party season is over. Instead of denim, try a pair of tapered black trousers or a brightly colored pair of pants. You do not want to come across as too laid-back!