The holidays present quite a conundrum for the stylish lady. How to get your glam on and dress festively without looking like an elf? Directive number one is to avoid wearing red and green together. Here are five festive holiday looks that won't get you confused for Santa's helper.
Statement pants are always a festive look, and can have an unexpected flair in a sea of party dresses. J. Crew of course does this perfectly, and their beaded cable knit sweater and graphic capris strike just the right notes. The pants have a metallic sheen and a bold print that will earn you compliments all day. Paired with the perfect cozy chic sweater, it's hard to go wrong. The model's red lip also gives the look a party feel; don't underestimate the role of beauty in your look.
Little Black Dress
This look is partially valuable for the easy ability to just pull it out of your closet. But the little black dress is, as always, so much more than ease. Look for LBDs with a little something extra. This Elizabeth and James Lisette Knit Dress, $325, features softly draped mesh panels at the hemline. Tulle, lace, beading or sparkle — all details that take a little black dress out of the office and into party territory. Or, simply add bold accessories to a more simple dress to make it holiday appropriate. Who doesn't want an excuse to wear one of those trendy collars?
Leather is so hot right now and it's hard not to find an excuse to wear it. As mainstream as it may have gone, it's still hard to pull off at work, so a holiday party is the perfect time to whip out that piece you had to have! A full-on leather dress may be a bit much for anything other than a hot date, so concentrate on separates. A leather top like this one from Charlotte Ronson, $450, is perfect. Pair with a pencil skirt or skinny pants, but avoid anything too tight. Keep accessories minimal — definitely no excessive hardware that would take this into biker territory.
Just because you're trying not to wear red or green doesn't mean you have to bypass color altogether. Whether it's a funky print or a bold bright like this cobalt seam waste shift dress, $100, make a stylish statement in something eye-catching. Again, you can likely find this look in your current wardrobe, and it's easy to dress up or down for the occasion at hand. Wear a bright monochrome with pumps and a statement necklace at the work party, and switch to chandelier earrings and sparkly sandals when you wear it to a cocktail party.
You knew no holiday fashion roundup woul be complete without a bit of sparkle. Or, a lot. This TFNC Deco Embellished Dress, $103.78, has all the sequins you want for a big night out in a stylish, unexpected design. This dress is what winter white is all about. If you're wearing a lot of sparkle, keep jewelry minimal and other accessories basic. One standout piece per outfit keeps a look chic and understated instead of looking like you're competing with the Christmas tree.