With Christmas next week, I thought I’d offer a few outfit suggestions for the multiple occasions many of us have to tend to. I’ve included A Day with Your Family, Meeting His Parents, Plans with Friends, and 3 additional outfits that are applicable to nearly every holiday soiree thrown your way. I want to point something out: yes, a few of the same articles of clothing repeat (even an outfit or two!). No, this was not because I got lazy in my apparel search, I did it with the intention to save you money this holiday season! In fact, every set contains the same exact pair of black patent platform pumps and black small clutch. I wanted to demonstrate to you that the same garment can be worn for different occasions and never look the same twice
Day with Your Family
Holidays with either side of my family is a fairly casual affair. Normally calling for jeans, cardigans, and flats, or slacks, heels, and a nice top. I tend to like to dress up a bit and follow the mantra “Always overdress rather than under-dress.” 1. The first look is a high-waisted, pleated tartan plaid skirt paired with a white v-neck wrap shirt and a black cardigan tucked into the skirt. Paired with oversized crystal drop earrings offers a more dressed-up look. 2. A simple pairing of black slightly flared dress pants and a maroon/red festive turtleneck offers a comfortable and classic look. Pair with a chic statement necklace to complete your look and black patent pumps to complete your look. 3. The most casual of them all: skinny jeans paired with a contemporary embellished sweater and coordinating statement earrings. Pair with black patent heels for a bit of shine literally from head to toe.
Meeting His Parents
Meeting his parents is always a daunting event. “What if they don’t like me?” is often overshadowed by “What do I wear to make a good impression?” I always recommend keeping your outfit simple to let them know you and not be distracted by your busy top. 1. A simple black knee length dress that is 3/4 sleeves offers enough coverage to be appropriate but adding the waist belt and statement necklace offers a defined silhouette and a bit of sparkle. 2. Yes, this is totally an outfit taken from the first set—it’s just so versatile! 3. Keeping with simplicity, here is a chic pairing of a longer-cut white wrap top belted at the waist and a pair of slightly-flared black pants. Pair with a shiny statement necklace to bring the attention to your face.
Plans with Your Friends
Letting loose with your friends during the holiday season allows for a bit more funky glam options than with your family members. Opting for interesting silhouettes and atypical holiday colors, you’ll be sure to stand out during these holidays. 1. If you’re going to a swanky soiree with your friends this is a unique option to an LBD: your typical mini-dress length with a rounded crew neckline and voluminous sleeves. Keep your look classy with unique over-sized crystal drop earrings and an updo. 2. Instead of opting for your typical red garment for the holiday season why not switching it up a bit with a fuschia top and metallic pants. Choosing a lower-than-usual neckline allows you to really show off an elegant statement necklace. 3. A metallic beaded top paired with coated black jeans offer a sheen-y look with a rocker/boho feel that’s suitable for nearly any venue. This is perfect for drinks out with friends or dinner with the girls.
If all else fails, and you honestly don’t know what to wear, below are 3 simple foolproof outfits. Each is a simple pant/top pairing with a basic black patent pump and simple small black clutch. There is nothing to “get wrong” about pairing a top and a pant in neutral tones with 1 accent color (or no accent at all, see look 3!). The first look offers a white blouse with voluminous sleeves tucked into lipstick red high-waisted wide leg pants. Just be careful not to get your sleeve in any food with this type of blouse! The second look pairs a black peplum top with bronze metallic pants to offer a glitzy-glam girly look. Finally, the third look offers a feminine floral embroidered top with slightly flared black pants. Pair with simple accessories to keep things simple and elegant.