Updated: Jun 13, 2018
It’s beginning to look a lot like holiday parties, dates, corporate events and family get togethers. But most of all, it’s beginning to look like the season to doll up and celebrate how hard you've worked! Spoiler alert: This Lookbook is much shorter than most, and honestly, it's because I'm not a fan of the holidays (I have a lot to work on from my past). This means I don't ever consider it until I'm asked for Christmas style advice, and then I realize what I've forgotten. Either way, thanks to my team for rallying together to make this happen! I promise I'll do better next year...
Before diving into the looks below, I want to share with you are a few important guidelines I tell my clients when dressing for the holidays:
Fashion is an opportunity to showcase yourself the way you want people to see you, and if you have the opportunity to make a great impression, why not take it?
It isn't just about being 'fashion-forward", it's about being your version of 'fashion forward". Which is basically my way of telling you to be yourself and dress for yourself, no matter what the occasion. For example, a black dress is great and you can wear it a million ways, but I'm not a little dress girl. I love a jumpsuit, which I throw on with a cute lace bra, fun pumps, and head out the door. Cocktail attire isn't as one-dimensional as it used to be—take advantage of that and wear whatever YOU feel best in, whether that's a jumpsuit, LBD, pants, or suit!
When in doubt, opt for a velvet or metallic option in a beautiful green, pink, or silver with a black shoe. Metallics are just so sassy and gorgeous and feel very festive. And velvets just feel really luxe, especially if you go with a burgundy or black color and wear a really fabulous pair of earrings - which you'll see below!
If you're invited to a party and don't want to go, I encourage you to dig deep and find out why you really don't want to go. You might change your perspective, or you might feel rooted in your reason for not attending. Either way, you never have to do something you don't want to do.
You don't always have to buy something new. Options for not spending too much on your holiday look are: raid a friend's or your parent's closet, head to the thrift stores, hire me ($50 to style 3 options), or wear your go-to party outfit but drastically change your hair and accessories for a completely different look.
Below are FOUR holiday outfits, styled with YOU in mind. As always, I wanted to showcase something for everyone, which was much harder to do in four looks as opposed to ten. I've included the formula needed to recreate each outfit, and want to point out that each of these looks are suitable for any holiday party, event, or dinner. This goes back to my second guideline of wearing whatever you feel your best in, no matter the occasion. Your confidence will always shine through!
LOOK #1 : CASUAL
Oversized Sweater + Leather Leggings + Simple Studs + Black Shoes + Bold Purse
LOOK #2 : CLASSIC
Flowy Dress + Pendant Necklace + Hoop Earrings + Metallic Pumps
LOOK #3 : GIRLY
Pussybow Top + Tulle Skirt + Statement Earrings + Coordinating Pumps
LOOK #4 : GLAM
Jumpsuit + Tassel Earrings + Statement Ring + Colourful Heels + Fun Clutch
MEET THE MAKEUP ARTIST
Mrs. Jennifer Lynn of Modish Me Makeup Artistry
I am so happy to have finally snagged a photo with my girl Jenn! Ever since we met, there's been an ease and comfort about our friendship that's hard to come by. She is a beautiful, uncomplicated soul with a killer hand at makeup. Thank you for lending your talent for this year's Holiday Lookbook!
For anyone looking to have their makeup done over the holidays, Jenn is offering a $50 promo for the month of December and January, with the exception of New Years looks for $75. You can contact her through Facebook, Instagram, or her website - but I'd be quick 'cause she's filling up fast!
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you're in need of style advice this holiday season! There's no need to stress over what you're going to wear when all that matters is how youo feel.
Check out last year's Holiday Lookbook for more style inspo.