It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year—holiday parties, of course. The holidays are a time to indulge, from Christmas cookies to that extra glass of wine or two, and that indulging most certainly includes your holiday outfits. Think luxe silks and satins, chunky knits and velvets, not to mention those festive details like statement sleeves and rich metallics taking center stage. Swoooon.
But between all the office parties, family gatherings, cocktail hours and your best friend’s soiree, the cost of outfitting yourself for the festive season can really start to add up. And since fretting about what to wear is no way to get into the holiday spirit, we’ve rounded up some of this season’s trends to show how you can easily style for versatility. Use these on-trend combinations to make your holiday season the best (and most stylish) one yet.
1. Silky Slip Dresses
First introduced in the ‘60s, slips have made a huge comeback in the fashion world, and in our opinion, they are *serious* wardrobe wonders. Their silky touch and drapey shape mean they can be easily dressed up or down, and there are so many colors, prints, hems and necklines to choose from that it gives lots of versatility to the wearer.
For winter daytime looks, wear a slip dress over a turtleneck or a blouse with statement sleeves and pair with chunky boots. For an elevated nighttime look, sweep your hair up, pair the slip with a long jacket and add a swipe of holiday red lipstick. Done and Done.
Skipping town for the holiday season? Think about the slip dress when considering women’s clothes for travel. They take up little to no space and offer flexibility from warmer climates to cooler ones. Pack a pair of strappy sandals for a beach getaway or pull on a chunky knit turtleneck with boots for a chic apres skiing look.
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2. Blazer Dress
We already love menswear-inspired women’s blazers, but we’re really loving the blazer dress trend, especially for the holiday season. Here’s why: WARMTH. Every girl knows the struggle of looking festive and staying warm when the temperatures drop, but since blazer dresses are typically warmer than a traditional dress, they’re just the thing for the holiday season.
Paired with mules or pointed flats, you can wear a blazer dress to holiday office parties for a sensible but stylish look. After office hours, swap the flats out for over-the-knee statement boots and add some dainty accessories to nail best dressed at your best friend’s soiree.
3. Little Black Dress
Literally perfect any time of year, we love a LBD, but we especially love one that gets an update for winter. Go for a long-sleeve LBD that has standout details, like statement sleeves, unique necklines, plunging backs or off-the-shoulder looks to up the sultry factor. And if it comes in silky soft materials? Even better.
4. Monochromatic Outfits
Whenever in doubt, go for monochromatic. Dressing in pieces of one color is an easy way to look polished during the winter season, and the trend can work for both day and night looks. Some color palettes perfect for winter include pearls, tans, greys, and (of course) blacks while mixing different textures will give your outfit visual interest. For an extra bold take on the monochromatic look, go for emerald greens or wine reds for the festive season.
Adding a statement piece, like a bib-style necklace, will effortlessly take your outfit from day to night, as will swapping a daytime layer for an oversized maxi coat.
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