Style & Beauty
Wear it Out!: Dressing for Every Holiday Occasion
12/1/2019 1:00:00 PM
Wear it Out

The holidays are upon us, which means getting closets ready for a mad dash to parties, work functions, school events, family gatherings, and meetups with out-of-town friends. Here is a guide to staying stylish during the non-stop revelry of the holiday season. 

The office holiday party

Office holiday parties can be tricky because often, they are not quite dressy, not quite casual, and very frequently take place on a Friday after work. In order to gussy up your nine-to-five business wear just enough to look party-appropriate, Rhonda Kleckley, owner of Accessory Zone in Lake Charles, recommends a focus on . . . accessories! "Change your look from professional to party simply by adding a piece of statement jewelry, different footwear, or a festive handbag.” Kleckley also suggests adding a touch of velvet, satin, or snakeskin print to a camisole, kimono, blazer, or footwear.

Another option for looking well dressed without being too dressy is leather. Leather pants have come a long way since their rock-n-roll days. Current versions feature a paper bag waist or pleats, making them appropriate office wear with a festive twist.

The semi-formal holiday event

For semi-formal or formal parties, Kleckley says "you can never go wrong with the classic little black dress.” But colors are also trending, especially hues of green such as olive, hunter, pistachio, and teal. Jewel tones such as plum, amethyst, burgundy, and merlot are also on trend. Some of the boldest sequined holiday dresses are minis featuring long sleeves and structured shoulders. The look is bold, retro, and fun. Make it modern by keeping hair sleek and makeup simple—let the sequins make the statement. For jewelry, Kleckely says pearls are back! "Incorporate pearls with hair clips and teardrop or chandelier earrings.”

The family affair

Fans of staying comfy while getting social are in luck because this year, options for cozy velvet abound. Pull on a pair of stretchy velvet pants with a simple sweater and a denim jacket and you’ve got a look that is ready-made for stretching out in front of a fire with a glass of eggnog. Or pair a velvet top with a favorite pair of jeans for a look that’s casual but well put-together. 

Kleckley says sweaters are big this year, literally, as in chunky, whether crops or tunics. Oversized turtlenecks or mock-turtlenecks with bigger, almost batwing, sleeves are also a stylish holiday look perfect for staying warm this season. Pair with a pencil skirt or slim pants, or try them with this season’s trendy wide-leg jeans for a look that’s slightly 70s and very cool. According to Kleckley, coordinated family outfits are also a hit, perfect for those holiday photos! 

The last minute invite 

No matter how carefully you plan your holiday, a last minute party, recital, or quick catch-up with out of town friends is bound to pop up. In order to expect the unexpected, why not invest in a velvet blazer to go with those velvet pants? Wear the blazer with jeans and a plain top or sweater to more casual meetups or the full suit for dinners and parties. 

The most important part of holiday gatherings is having fun, so make sure whatever outfit you choose is both comfortable and makes you feel great, says Kleckley. "You can be fashionable by incorporating a trend, but make it your own style.”

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