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Everyday Pieces Can Party Too!

Everyday Pieces Can Party Too!

In the spirit of building a holiday wardrobe . . .


 During the holiday season, assorted invitations come with a simple request to mix, mingle, and celebrate. While we welcome the opportunity to celebrate the season in the company of friends, families, colleagues, or neighbors, the thought of "what to wear" can have us rushing to the mall or searching the internet for a "party" outfit. Rushed shopping, generally, results in impulse purchases and items that frequently get worn only once. The holiday wardrobe doesn’t have to duplicate the decked halls of the season. Rather an investment in a few unassuming everyday essentials can exude polish and can dress us up for almost any holiday festivity.

In the spirit of building a better holiday wardrobe, I would like to share several pieces from my personal everyday wardrobe and illustrate how I style these pieces for assorted holiday invitations. Although, the items featured in the illustrations below are not identical to the items in my wardrobe, these pieces are very similar in styling, color, and mood.  The illustration shows how you can take one everyday piece and style the piece into multiple party-ready outfits

Holiday Style Sheet -- Tartan Pant.jpg

In the above holiday style sheet, I style an everyday tartan pant into three outfits for three different holiday festivities. The first look is extremely simple: tartan pant, red cashmere turtleneck, and red plaid flats.  (Styling tip -- when mixing plaids in the same outfit, vary the scale and color!)  The second look tweaks the party volume just a notch: tartan pant, gold lurex top, and black/gold tipped sandals for an office or company party.  The final look is the most formal such as an elegant dinner party: velvet blazer, black silk camisole, and burgundy ankle strap shoes.

Holiday Style Sheet -- Tweed Skirt.jpg

In this holiday sheet, I style a black/white tweed skirt into three holiday looks. The first look is styled with a red cashmere turtleneck (same turtleneck from the tartan pant look), black knee-high boots, and a festive bracelet for an afternoon of holiday shopping. Next, I pair the skirt with a simple cashmere tee, black suede ankle boots w/shearling cuff, and a modest faux croc burgundy zippered pouch for a worship service.  And the last look: velvet blazer (again the same blazer worn w/the tartan pants), cream silk top, and burgundy ankle strap shoes for an evening of ballet -- “The Nutcracker”. 

In the final holiday style sheet, I again take one everyday piece the velvet blazer and style it for three additional holiday outfits:  Look one is for an afternoon matinee -- black cashmere tee, white jeans, and plaid flats. The second outfit is a look for a New Year’s Evening celebrations -- cream trouser, black silk camisole, and the black/gold tipped sandals.  The third outfit for a glamours soirée: cream silk blouse, full-length silk skirt, and obi belt. (You can see that I continue to take other everyday items and repurpose such as the black tee, plaid flats, silk camisole & top and the black/gold tipped sandals.)

When we make an intentional choice to build a better wardrobe, we invest more mindfully and wear more frequently the items of the everyday wardrobe. Our wardrobe rewards us with the versatility to style outfits (up or down) for assorted holiday invitations.

Sources: Brooks Brothers, J.CrewCuyanaNet-a-PorterElizabeth SuzannAlex & Ani, & QVC

 

Please note that I do not receive any form of compensation from the brands mentioned or represented in this article.

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