Are you excited for the holidays?… I sure am!
‘Tis the season for casual gatherings with friends, dress-up office parties and chic soirees that will take you dancing all the way into the New Year!
Of course, the LBD and sequin mini is always a favorite for the holiday party scene, but why not add a show stopping flare to your look this holiday season? This year, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t go overboard with purchasing new items and keeping in line with that promise, I made every choice versatile and cost-effective. Most of the items in this post have been recycled from previous years holiday seasons and some I was lucky enough to find on sale. Whether these choices are new or items from my closet from previous years, the concept of the look is what will inspire your outfit selections for every single party you’ve RSVP’d to! From velvet gowns to plaid minis, here are some of my festive faves…
I found the dress below on sale at Bloomingdales and I’ve worn it to three different holiday events already this month; including my daughter’s Christmas Pageant and a hotel Christmas Party. While the fabric and cut of this dress can compare to Chanel and the signature striped ribbon at the waist is on par with the Gucci trademark, I got this dress at a fraction of the price of a Chanel or Gucci dress. This beauty is made by Maje and is a gorgeous and timeless piece.
I paired the Maje dress here with Stuart Weitzman over the knee boots. I’ve also worn it with black stockings and suede pumps.
In this next look, I’m wearing another piece made by Maje. This plaid romper dress is absolutely amazing… I love that this is a base piece that can be styled in so many different ways. I’m wearing it here with black stockings, Aldo pumps and a Theory blazer that I pulled from my closet.
As I’ve mentioned above, I love that you can wear this romper in so many different ways. I also wore this with a black turtleneck bodysuit underneath, black stockings and bone colored “Leona” Dr Martens. Like many base pieces such as this, it’s fun to get a high quality base item and build upon it. By adding different shoe options, a body suit, a chunky crop sweater or a blazer like I’ve done here, it makes rompers and dresses like this so versatile.
Next up!… The work holiday party. I love winter white and I can always get on board with rocking a crisp suit. This Rebecca Taylor suit can be worn in all seasons but I’ve worn it here for a winter holiday soiree. Ditch the red and green and wear a winter white suit with a silk black cami and pumps for a chic dressed up look perfect for any holiday party!
Finally, for the formal affairs… Black Tie holiday parties and New Year’s Eve bashes welcome! This LPN dress is a head turner and hugs your curves in all the right areas. I pulled this LPA dress out from two years ago! While I bought it on Revolve and is no longer available on that website, surprisingly it’s still available and is on sale here on the LPA website. I added my Badgley Mischka embellished pumps, gold cuff hair tie and a personalized gold necklace from Fraiser Sterling.
By starting out with any solid color dress, and embellishing with statement heels or pave jewelry you can take a plain dress and make it unique and unlike anything any one else is wearing. How?.. because it’s personalized by you! Get creative… take a LBD and add a broche, a pop of color in your heels or pull your hair back and add a statement earring or some hair accessories… holiday season doesn’t always call for over the top seasonal frocks. Less is more and understated chic is always in!
I took on the challenge of not buying in excess and had so much fun with it. This holiday season I wore two new items and the remainder has been pulled and pieced together with items I already had in my closet.
HAUTE Tip: By starting out with a main base piece and building off of that, it will save you time and money to save or to spend on loved ones! No need to decline the multiple holiday parties because you don’t have enough to wear. Get back to basics, use this guide and dig into your closet and pull and piece together items like I’ve done here – you won’t be disappointed!
HUGE SHOUT OUT and a ton of gratitude to those listed below:
Photog and friend Pablo Raya – @praya1
The Line Hotel Adams Morgan in Washington, DC for the kind hospitality.
Daniel Wellington for supplying the watches. (Use promo code: “BRITT” for 15% off)
xoxo – Britt