A Guide to Versatile Holiday Outfits


'Tis the season to get creative with your style.
It’s that time of year again; cosy evenings by the fire, time spent with loved ones, and of course, attending a slew of holiday parties. Between family gatherings, late night hangouts with friends, and the annual work party, you’ll need more than a few festive ensembles in your arsenal for making the rounds. Whether you love to reflect the spirited time of year with shimmery, light-catching pieces or you prefer to sport a more subtle glow, these outfits will have you looking your best throughout the holiday season, no matter what the occasion.

The Family Dinner
Although you likely don’t need to be as dressy for a family function as you would a cocktail party, you still want to look like your polished, elegant self (go ahead, pat yourself on the back). When it comes to a family dinner, opt for an ensemble that is both chic and comfortable. Pair a slouchy sweater with tailored culottes or a leather skirt. I'm scoping Tibi's FW15 line for the inverted jeans/dressy top formula; it makes for an eye-catching look that combines high comfort with high style. For more formal family affairs or other holiday shindigs, simply switch out the sweater for a sheer black blouse and camisole. Done.

Drinks with Friends
For a holiday celebration with friends, channel the season’s sparkle with a shimmery cocktail dress, while cashing in on the current 70s sequin mania. A shift or A-line style gives a silhouette that is both figure-flattering and timeless. If you want to go for a full head-to-toe sparkle effect, choose a pair of heels that offer the same high-shine, such as a metallic or sequined style. If you prefer to make your dress the focal point of your outfit, opt for a classic nude pump instead. For inspiration, you can browse the heels on display at Lyst. The variety of designers and styles makes it easy to find your favourite and pinpoint the exact look you’re going for, whether you prefer shimmery or subtle.

The Office Party
This particular holiday event requires an outfit that is often a little trickier to put together, only because it needs to toe the fine line between professional and festive. Whether you’re an intern trying to make a good impression, or a high-powered #girlboss setting the tone, your ensemble should be able to easily transition from desk to drinks. A jumpsuit will win you ultimate chic points. A cardigan also works well for office hours; at the end of the day, simply ditch the cardigan, switch out your flats for suede pumps, and apply a darker lip or smoky eye to take your look into the evening.


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