Very merry looks you’ll actually want to wear.
The concept of dressing for the holidays can often appear intimidating—velvet, sequins, and glitter are not for everyone. The key to remember is that a festive ensemble doesn’t necessarily entail head-to-toe green satin. The addition of one brocade blazer or a fancy shoe is enough to turn the items you wear on a regular basis into a holiday-ready ensemble. In addition, the way you wear things makes a massive difference. A red tank and burgundy leather skirt may not scream festive on their own, but when worn together, the connotation changes. To ease your transition into the season of merriment, we’ve recreated three festive looks that you can probably produce with things you already own—and, if not, shop our picks below.
Velvet Blazer + Plaid Skirt + Loafers
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Certain fabrics are commonly associated with the holidays—when else can you layer on the velvet? We suggest toning down the material’s regal nature with a youthful plaid skirt and loafers.
Tank + Monochrome Skirt + Fancy Shoe
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For the holiday season, opt for simple pieces rendered in a more festive hue and combine like shades in a monochrome ensemble. As Abisola Omole exemplifies, pairing red and burgundy together looks instantly chic, especially when you add some fancy footwear.
Jeans + Sweater + Brocade Outerwear
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At its core this is an extremely simple ensemble; it’s just jeans and a sweater. But add a piece of brocade outerwear and suddenly you have a look fit for any soirée.