Here’s the thing about fashion and style, I really know very little about either subject. But, it’s all subjective, right? What works for one person might not work for another. And, when it comes down to it, as long as it makes you feel good, I say, go for it. My fashion resume is simple: I can usually put together an acceptable outfit and, maybe more importantly, I think I have a good grasp on what works and what doesn’t work for my figure. But, honestly, I just tend to keep it simple, stick to the basics, and then add accessories. (And, thankfully, I have a younger, cooler, much more fashionable, sister to guide me when I need it.)
Although it should be fun, dressing for special occasions can be stressful (I’m not the only one, right?). Not only are the holidays a busy, whirlwind of a time, we sometimes set high expectations for finding that perfect party ensemble. So, I’ve gathered all the fashionable knowledge I possibly could and put together a little guide to alleviate some stress and help you navigate your holiday style.
HF’s Holiday Party-Ready Tips
Prepare With Care. Stash some essentials in your work bag, car, or purse so you can be happy hour, party, or dinner date ready at a moment’s notice. Sometimes I think my purse is too big and consider downsizing, but so many times, I’ve been in a pinch and the bottomless, random “junk” in my purse has come to my rescue. Here are some of the holiday survival, essentials I’ll be keeping in my bag:Holiday Helpers: statement jewelry for instant bling, red lipstick, mascara, powder for touchups, toothpaste to freshen (or for mistletoe purposes…wink, wink), a nail file for any unexpected mani mishaps, bobby pins for a quick up-do, perfume, and festive socks because they look cute peeking out of booties, and you never know, you might be asked to remove your shoes in your host’s home and dingy, gym socks just aren’t cute. I’m speaking from experience…unfortunately.
Save Money & Shop Smart. It’s fun to dress up for the holidays, but there’s no need to spend a lot on your holiday party look. Stores like H&M and Forever 21 have really affordable accessories and clothes. And, you can create an ensemble using pieces you already own. Also, not that you didn’t look great, but I’m almost positive no one remembers what you wore last year…just saying. That being said…
Dress to Impress. Holiday parties are a chance to dress-up a little. Get fancy! Unless it’s an ugly sweater party. Then ignore everything I just said.
Holiday Makeup: Pick a Lane. Less is More—this is always my stance on makeup, but especially when getting holiday party pretty. On a scale of 1 to Kardashian, keep your makeup look somewhere around a 6 or 7. Although a smoky eye, bold lip and winged eyeliner are all great party looks, all 3 at once can be a total party foul. (Side note, avoid too much glitter—let your jewelry do the sparkling.) I love these looks on Lauren Messiah’s website.
Work It, Girl. Don’t worry if you’re going straight from the office to office party. Keep your outfit simple (ie. a black dress or suit, or a skirt and sweater) and then, before party time, add some statement jewelry or a red lip. You’ll look festive for evening, but still work-appropriate during the day.
Hair With Flair. I might have mentioned it before but when it comes to hair, I pretty much have two go-to styles: down or ponytail. If you’re like me, use this holiday party season to try something new—a top knot, loose waves, a headband, a sleek side pony. Switch it up a little and make your holiday party look extra-special. I love this Brigitte Bardot-inspired ‘do from Lauren Conrad.
HF Holiday Style: What to Wear
I’m a big fan of separates: a structured blazer, a cozy sweater, high-waisted, wool skirt, leggings with faux leather embellishments—these are all versatile pieces that offer holiday style, but can be worn again and again. There’s also something so special about a great dress. When I find the right one—I always feel a little more sophisticated and put-together. Not to mention it’s “one and done” when it comes to holiday fashion. Just add some jewelry and a fun shoe and your holiday look is complete. (I especially love #10. It has a festive shimmer, rich color, and the knotted front will help conceal the cookies and pie.) But, my favorite look for this holiday party season is the jumpsuit, like #25. This look is simple yet glamorous. By switching up jewelry, shoes or adding a blazer, a jumpsuit can become several looks in one.
SHOP THESE LOOKS: 1. Catherine Malandrino ‘Jazz’ Halter Style Twist Front Dress | 2. H&M Earrings with Rhinestones | 3. Cristabelle ‘Deco’ Crystal Ear Crawlers | 4. TOPSHOP Clean Funnel Sweater | 5. TOPSHOP Facet Wheel Drop Earrings | 6. BP. Stone Stretch Bracelet | 7. CeCe by Cynthia Steffe ‘Sandy’ Sequin Popover Dress | 8. TOPSHOP Premium Satin Trim Tux Jacket | 9. Chicwish Festive Pleated Mesh Tulle Skirt | 10. TOPSHOP Knot Front Mini Dress | 11. TOPSHOP Rhiannon Bow Skinny Sandals | 12. H&M Sequined Pants | 13. Chicwish Fuzzy Checks Sweater | 14. TOPSHOP Panel Cut-Out Midi Dress | 15. Bauble Bar Rhian Collar Necklace | 16. Deux Lux Embossed Promise Clutch | 17. TOPSHOP Fancy D-Ring Ghillie Shoes | 18. H&M Sequined Jacket | 19. H&M Earrings | 20. Bauble Bar Nebular Collar Necklace | 21. Inge Christopher Juliana Minaudière | 22. H&M Elastic Waist Belt | 23. TOPSHOP Beaded Tartan Check Shirt | 24. Chicwish Faux Fur Vest | 25. Rachel Pally Heathcliff Jumpsuit | 26. TOPSHOP Two Tone Sequin Sweatshirt | 27. TOPSHOP Tie Neck Long Sleeve Top | 28. TOPSHOP Leather-Look Side Stripe Leggings | 29. Chicwish Comfy Red Plaid Check Sweater | 30. TOPSHOP Embossed Velvet Skirt | 31. TOPSHOP Check Super-High Waist Skirt | 32. Dolce Vita Hastings Booties | 33. Madewell The Mira Suede Heels | 34. TOPSHOP Matelot Wool Blend A-Line Skirt
See you next Friday! xx, Devon