One thing I hear from my clients, more and more, is how they have less demand for dress-up holiday outfits in December. In the past, we’d set up a whole closet session for me to plan creative holiday outfits for their many engagements.
While there may be less demand for official parties and gatherings, there’s always a time and place to add holiday flair. My friends, this is it. I propose we rethink holiday wear and focus on how to bring festive looks into our everyday outfits. We don’t need embossed invitations in order to pull out luxury fabrics, play with color combos, and wear sparkly accessories.
Here’s the plan.
Going to the grocery store? Wear your black cotton lace pants with a simple sweater. Meeting a friend for coffee? Adorn your jean jacket with a cluster of sparkly brooches. Planning to hang out with your cousins for wine and pizza at your favorite restaurant? Slip into that velvet top and wear it with jeans and boots.
How to add festive touches to everyday outfits
Let’s start out by remembering what we see at this time of year that’s different from all the other 11 months.
There’s color: red and green, blue and white or silver and white, gold, purple, berry colors, anything metallic. Then there are the fabrics: lace, sequins, velvet, leather, faux fur. Think of the sparkly night sky and you can imagine accessories that glisten: diamond or pretend-diamond brooches, bracelets, necklaces, emeralds, rubies, sapphires.
If you’re paging through seasonal interior design magazines, there seems to be no limit to how decorative you can make your house. I suggest the same could be true of your appearance. Put your minimalist look on hold for January and indulge in looks that feel celebratory.
Finding holiday cues in the closet
I can’t wait to infuse my everyday outfits with holiday yumminess. I’ll start by looking in my closet for things I already have and can put together in a festive way.
I’ll demonstrate some ways I plan to dress over the next few weeks. See if you get some ideas.
Berry and spruce
Berry is one of my favorite colors right now. I’m so keen on wearing my berry silk ruffled blouse with my Peter Cohen spruce green lightweight coat. This coat is in the vein of the fashion lab coats I was talking about recently. The hem is above my knee. These colors together make me feel sophisticated and elegant.
Berry and orange
I think of ways friends decorate packages and admire the unexpected color combos. One of those color combos is berry and orange. These colors are vibrant together. They truly fill me with holiday cheer.
The berry pants are thin-wale corduroys by Kut from the Kloth. They have them at Nordstrom. I’m wearing two layers of this thin silk sweater in bright orange. (To know why I’m wearing doubles of the same sweater, here’s the explanation.)
The scarf around my neck is one I bought one early December in NYC at the Metropolitan Museum of Art gift store. It’s been used mostly as a table runner during the holidays, but last year I was compelled to wrap it around my neck. The fullness of it makes it feel luxurious. I like to feel that way this time of year.
Wearing classic red in everyday holiday outfits
I only recently started wearing red. I’ve been wearing my red Woow frames from Uber Optics. I got into these frames about two years ago and I swear, they’ve been the gateway to wanting more and more red in my life.
I love pairing this cashmere red sweater with my black lace cotton pants purchased from Ann Taylor about eight years ago. For many of those years, I was thinking I’d wear the lace pants to fancy affairs. Sometimes the season would pass, and I’d realize I’d forgotten I even had them. But then I downgraded them to everyday wear. That was the smartest decision ever. They’re warmer than jeans, which is perfect in December.
Everyday dress-up looks wearing black
While I may not be attending many black-tie holiday events, I can layer black pieces and pair them with jeans for any day of the week.
I love the sheer black T-shirt I’m wearing under this crinkled Milla Jacket that came from Artful Home. I get to feel dressy while still wearing jeans.
I layered the sheer tee over a black slinky T-shirt. The sheer layer gives me glamour and also a thin layer of warmth under my jacket.
With a simple, elegant color like black to work with, I add brightness by loading on the necklaces and chains. When I want to feel glamorous, this will do it for me.
Bringing velvet into my everyday outfits
What was missing from my closet was something in velvet that I could wear in everyday outfits. At the end of a workday last week I did some late-night shopping after work. I spotted a velvet top in a color I love and have been trying to work into my wardrobe for the last few years. The closest I’ve come to wearing this color is in a lacy bra that I’ve since outgrown.
Although the Eileen Fisher label says the color is blue shale, it looks like dusty violet to me. The sales associate helping me thought this velvet box top would be a pretty dressy piece for the holidays. She was suggesting I wear it with black velvet pants and heels. That’s not really my thing, plus I don’t ever want to buy something I can only wear one way. I had to figure out how to showcase it in everyday outfits.
The first chance I got I ripped off the tags and wore it with my Kut from the Kloth jeans and sand-colored Lucky booties. I have a few scarves I could wear with this color. On this particular day, I chose a silk abstract floral one with periwinkle blue and touches of pink and rose, gray and brown. I added my heart necklace and carried my gray framed bag. I love the dusty shades in contrast to the brighter highlights in the scarf.
I love the luxuriousness of velvet against my body in outfits I’ll be wearing for eight or more hours a day. I might decide to dress it up for cocktails. If I do, I’ll be sure to show you how I did it.
If you see me over these next few weeks, please stop me and say hi. I LOVE this community and would love to meet more of you in person. It’s always a treat.
Celebrating holiday fashion with my blogging buddies
And here’s a treat for you! Today I’m posting my holiday ideas along with ideas from my talented blogging friends. Be sure to check out their blogs today for their take on Holiday Fashion.
What are you planning to wear during these next few weeks? I want to hear about your holiday fashion plans. Do share so we can all be inspired!