Do you find yourself struggling to create festive outfits for Christmas and holiday get-togethers? If you, like many of us, find this time of year stressful, its a good idea to spend a little time planning festive season outfits, so you can enjoy the parties you go to and remove the stress of having nothing to wear.
Here are ideas to help you plan your Christmas and holiday season party outfits. I also show you outfit ideas, including examples from my wardrobe.
Before going shopping create a plan:
If you don't have anything that makes you feel great, but you don't want to buy a whole new outfit:
Examples of current trends that add a festive feel to an outfit
Although these outfits use items from winter collections the ideas can easily be adapted for summer
If you don't like showing your upper arms, or you want to add more warmth, try adding a 3/4 sleeve or full length fine knit, or mesh top, in a tone of the top colour. Or,if you don't have a sleeve style you want to display, simply add an outer layer of a dressy cardigan or softly tailored jacket.
Choose a heel height you're comfortable in, especially if you know you'll be standing for most of the event, but try and make the style a bit dressy, as shown.
Keep it simple. For example, create a monotone outfit from items you already have and simply add one focal point, such as a statement necklace or earrings. Or add one item in an opulent fabric.
This year I'll be wearing...
A kimono dresses up a monotone outfit
Texture & fun statement earrings feel playful and say dress-up to me
Red, florals and lace = on-trend and festive
Another way to style this top
A 3rd way to style this top
Green and gold outfit. I wore this on Christmas eve 2016.
I'll style the camisole tops with a partial tuck.
I'm loving the swishy, casual elegance of outfits created with this skirt!
I'm still wearing and loving these outfits from previous years.
Another holiday season outfit idea. These wide leg pants are still very much on trend.
I make sure I wear outfits on different occasions. For example, I won't wear the same thing I wore on a previous Christmas Day, or New Years Eve for the same day on subsequent years. And for the outfits below, I'll make them feel fresh again by changing the accessories.
Christmas day outfit 2015.
This year I'll style it with the gold sling back shoes (see right), yellow pom-pom earrings (in a photo above), and a simple gold pendant necklace
Christmas eve garden party 2015.
This year I'll wear it without the tank underneath, red sandals, red clutch, and a red necklace and earrings (all in my wardrobe already)
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