You’ve got enough on your plate this season without adding “what should I wear?” into the mix. Dressing for holiday events, dinners or dates should be a stylish mix of effortless chic and sex appeal, teamed with chic separates and warm layers. Here’s our tips on what’s trending this season, as well as what guarantees stand out style with minimal effort.
A Drop Dead Dress
You know those retro movies where a woman walks onto a crowded dance floor, and the needle scratches to a halt on the record and everyone stops? Well, that’s what you’re aiming for with a holiday dress. Drop dead gorgeous. Try something with a figure-flattering bias cut, a daring slit up one leg, or crafted with our favorite throwback sparkle, sequins.
A Great Coat
A winter coat is your first impression, so make a good one by layering up in jackets that are as chic as they are warm. This season, keep it eco with plush faux fur for colder climes, or a sleek faux-suede if you’re in a milder spot like our temperate Southern California locale.
A Little Embroidery and Beading
One of the key trends for the season is artisan-inspired embroidery and beading on blouses, coats and dresses. Look for silhouettes that have a hint of hippie chic like a peasant top or drop-waist dresses, as this just adds to the effortless allure of this bold trend.
A Brilliant Blouse
Of all the separates in your closet, a great blouse is the unrivaled holiday helper. Look for styles with a special detail, whether it’s ruffles, velvet trim or a statement sleeve, and pair with anything from a maxi skirt to skinny denims. Also, if you need to make a quick day-to-night change, a classic white top is easily elevated with accessories or slipped under a velvet blazer for evening.
If you are going straight from the work to the office holiday soiree, the chicest option is the LBD with a twist. Metallic is a huge trend for the season and this mock neck dress is perfect mix of haute and hot. Another great option is lace overlay; it adds a feminine charm that can easily go from work to play by just switching up your shoes and adding a cocktail ring.
All About Accessories
Don’t forget the little extras that make your look polished. Every LBD needs a clutch, and every woman needs a couple of pieces of jewelry that have some serious sparkle. Look for retro styles like lariats, thread-through earrings and anything with pavé diamonds.
Whether it’s Christmas morning, any given Sunday, or meeting mom for brunch, the holiday season is filled with casual encounters from Netflix to post-turkey hikes (go before the tryptophan kicks in). Keep it cozy and luxe by teaming casual joggers with a cashmere cardigan. Also, look for classic, weekender silhouettes like a hoodie, trimmed with something special like velvet or an easy-on legging in a faux leather.