DRESSING FOR THE HOLIDAYS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
The holidays are here which means holiday parties left right and centre. From office parties to more formal company functions, family get togethers and just celebrating with your friends; you might be left thinking, "What do I wear?"
In this post I'm going to give you two core outfit ideas that will create the foundation of your holiday outfits.
I want to help you feel more confident this season regardless of what you decide to wear. My best advice - don't overthink it and just go with your gut because that will ensure that you'll feel amazing and if you feel amazing, you'll look amazing! Got it? Wear what you want and have fun! The holidays can be stressful enough as is so take a deep breathe, relax and grab a cup of tea and let's get this going!
DRESSY, FORMAL, BLACK TIE
This is actually so easy that you're going to laugh when you think about it. Every time there's a formal function it's always the same - guys wear suits and ties and ladies wear dresses.
The right dress will take you far this holiday season so wear one that makes you feel like your best self. Forget the trends for a second and just think about what dress makes you feel good!
I had a black tie gala last month and guess what a wore? A dress! It was long with a slit down the front so when I walked it had a lot of movement. It was also peacock green with a deep V, short sleeves a tone on tone polka dot print through out. How I styled it made all of the difference - long loose waves, sparkly smoky eyes and a pair of strappy blue sandals.
My pet peeve is going to a company Christmas party and seeing ladies who look like the rented a prom dress from their local mall. You know what I'm talking about! Hold back from being so over the top that people don't recognize you! Instead dress like a sparklier version of yourself.
Finally, the biggest and most exciting holiday party I'm attending this season is my best friends wedding (!!!!!!). Since it's a small day time affair, sky's the limit. I plan on wearing the navy Club Monaco dress with bell sleeves that you see here. The hem line was originally longer but I had it hemmed to suit my body. I'm petit and I feel best in mini lengths. Finish the look with pair of sparkly heels and I'm set!
SIZE TIP: These TED BAKER sparkly pumps are in UK sizing. I'm normally a 6.5 - 7 so I go these in a size UK 4.
Go down 2 sizes from your Canadian size.
CASUAL, RELAXED, BUSINESS CASUAL
This category has so many more options because anything goes! You can wear jeans (my personal fave), a skirt, a dress, whatever you want! Let's get started.
For casual holiday parties the theory is the same, to look like a better version of yourself. I'm a denim hoarder so naturally I'm going to reach for my favourite jeans. To dress it up, a blazer or a blouse is perfect. If you're a skirt person the rule is the same, blazer, blouse, or both. I opted for a deep V neck tee (from my collection! Also available in white here.) and added a pop of colour with my bright pink Saint Laurent bag. Since my outfit is so simple, I wanted to carry the festive theme into my footwear with the same sparkly of Ted Baker pumps.
I hope these tips and ideas alleviate a bit of the pressure from what to wear during the holidays. Remember to have fun and just be yourself!
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Town Shoes. All opinions and photos are my own.