Tis the season for mistletoe, fireplaces, parties, gift exchanges, and my personal favorite – a reason to constantly dress up! No matter where you are going or what the occasion is, it is never a bad time to add a little something extra to your look.
Struggling for ideas this season on how to make a standout look? Check out some of my favorites from this month – gold, fur, and smokey eyes ahead!
INCORPORATE SUMMER PIECES INTO YOUR WINTER LOOK
For this look, I paired a sweet playsuit with tights and booties to transition it into a fall/winter look. The colors of this romper are great for this exact thing as you can work the way you style it into any season.
This look also makes it into my “glam girl on a budget” category – not counting the sunnies, the entire ensemble was less than $150 (including the shoes!)
LET YOUR JEWELS MAKE THE STATEMENT
This dress was pretty simple – stripes in black and white, fitted cut. The makeup was also pretty simple on the eyes – and a touch of a red lip but nothing too bold. With this type of look the key is to let your accessories take the spotlight. I did this with a huge and gorgeous statement necklace but you can also do this with headbands, hats, etc.
This necklace from Stella and Dot is one of my favorite pieces of the season and it’s great because you can transition it from all seasons and with all looks. I wore this with a bold dress to an award show but also as you can see here it also works paired with something a lot more basic. This necklace and my eye makeup was my focus here – if you are not comfortable with a dramatic look or drawing attention to your clothing, this is a great route for you to take while still looking festive and feeling glam.
VEER FROM TRADITION
Okay listen – I know part of what makes this time of year so special are the traditions surrounding the season. But those aren’t the traditions I want you to move outside of of course – I am talking about a ‘traditional’ winter color palette. Are you more comfortable with brights and neons? ME TOO! Make your look more you and stick with what you love – there are plenty of ways to doll up your brights and make even the most ‘summer’ look winter appropriate.
To be fair, this dress was for an award show so I didn’t need to pair it with any kind of coat and the dress was fine to stand on its own. But if you have a low cut, bright dress that you need to cover up in some way to suit the weather where you are you can easily do this by changing my open sandal heels to a dressy bootie or some kind of pointy toed pump. If you are afraid of freezing your legs, hosiery would keep those gams covered in a chill or you could always go the route of a sexy knee high boot.
For a coat, I would probably pair this with a solid black cape or of course my signature faux fur. But really the point is here – wear your colors. If you are pink instead of red, don’t let the calendar control your comfort and make what you love work.
LET YOUR EYES DO THE DRESSING UP
Makeup is a great way to dress yourself up too – the two above looks were done at MAC and Sephora for different events I went to but there are plenty of makeup tutorials on YouTube if you would rather go that route.
Not wanting such a statement on your eyes? Your lips are another great way to add some immediate sophistication to your look. A simple and quick look would be basic, neutral shadow, a great dramatic winged liner with a few coats of mascara and you can never go wrong with a bold red lip. If red is not your speed, purple is a great hue this season and a deep dark pink is a way to try the look without going full red.
STICK TO ONE FOCAL POINT
For the look above, I let one area of my outfit do the work. I went for a bold sparkly sequin pair of pants – and kept the rest of this ensemble very basic. Plain white tee, simple black fitted blazer, and a nude pair of wedges (with a little bit of a leopard strap because as we know leopard IS my neutral). Make up was extremely simple as well – a deep pink lip and very natural shadow with a simple liner/mascara combo.
At the end of the day, and most importantly, just be YOU.
Are you a simple girl who hates dressing up and lives in sweats? THAT’S OK. As shown above, you can dress up a different part of you, wear some chic jewels, blow them away with a handbag, etc.
On the flip side – if you are like me and love to experiment with color and texture and live for ‘look at me’ dramatic looks? EMBRACE THAT TOO.
My final holiday look is my absolute favorite – fun, fancy, and a little over the top – just like me.
A jumpsuit. Full fur coat. Gold accents on the nude shoes. A statement necklace. Smokey eyes. EVERYTHING I LIVE FOR IN ONE AMAZING LOOK. Would some people look at me and think “Man, she’s got a lot going on.” Sure, I’m sure they would. But this is ME – and I was proud and happy to wear this outfit with all the pieces I love most together. And, if I may toot my own horn a little, I think that it all just WORKED.
Don’t be afraid to take some risks with your outfit and your look this holiday season. I can’t think of a better excuse to something a little outside your comfort zone or a little more dressed up than you normally would. Who knows – you may discover something about yourself that you didn’t realize was in there.
Miracles happen this time of year after all.
Happy Hannukah and Merry Christmas to all my lovely readers. I hope you have a lovely, fashionable and loved holiday season. xoxo