It’s that time of year where everything is in full swing. You’re juggling office holiday parties, bake sales, secret Santa shopping, and Christmas dinners. As if all of that time and commitment weren’t enough, there’s the added stress of what to wear to each of these events.
Naturally, your first instinct is to find a red or green item in your closet to wear. Maybe you’ll even combine both colors into the outfit. You get out your go-to, red Christmas sweater. It fits well, looks flattering, and is perfect for the holiday. Okay, done! …Then thoughts begin to creep up in the back of your mind and you begin to wonder if it’s joyful enough? What will everyone else be wearing? You consider adding a gold skirt, green tights, and sequin heels. You just want to look festive after all. Next thing you know, you’ve got on a reindeer antler headband and glitter eye shadow. You look in the mirror and all you can see is… overkill.
Why do we use the holidays as an excuse to dress as tacky as possible? You can’t walk through the mall without seeing an explosion of Christmas around every corner. It is a trap that makes us feel guilty for not having enough Christmas spirit and convinces us to buy more and more and more. As if you can never have enough Christmas items in your closet or decorating your home. Except you don’t need a dozen Christmas sweaters or furry elf slippers to look Christmas ready. Here are some chic tips and secrets to dress for the holidays.
- Metallics: metallic fabric is an unexpected way to add shimmer and shine to an outfit. They will pick up all of the twinkling Christmas tree lights. Another reason to consider metallics is that they’re very on trend for this season. Mix and match them with your wardrobe to create a show stopping holiday look.
- Less is more: limit yourself to wear only one Christmas or holiday related item at a time. If you’re going to wear a bright red skirt, pair it with neutral colors to compliment it instead of a bold Christmas sweater and patterned leggings that will distract.
- Subtlety: try incorporating holiday pieces in an inconspicuous way. For example, wear Christmas jewelry, socks, or paint your nails in a decorative Christmas pattern. It will look festive without going over the top.
- Cozy: pick out a furry or fuzzy item that feels like home. In this case it gives off a feeling, mood, and vibe of Christmas and the holiday season.
- Color: try to avoid red or green clothing items. Instead, go for less obvious colors such as deep jewel tones that are perfect for winter. They are sure to make you stand out from the crowd in a good way and not because you look like a character out of Doctor Seuss’s Whoville.
This outfit can be worn from anywhere to a Christmas party to church. I chose a warm, cozy sweater with hints of metallic detailing. I added one Christmas accessory, which are the bold Christmas ornament earrings. They’re fun for the holiday without being over the top. The rest of the outfit is plain and all black which makes my earrings the focal point. While everyone else is wearing last year’s ugly Christmas sweater, you’ll be looking fashion forward, modern, and chic without loosing any festiveness. Trust me, you can look fashionable in this outfit and no one will be calling you the Grinch. So…pop some bubbly and sport some Christmas baubles this holiday season!
Until next time.