by Kerry Andersen
It’s time to do something that many of us have not experienced for the longest time – dress up. The holidays are upon us, and our wardrobes could use a shot of holly jolly! Festivities in 2021 may not include large formal gatherings, but friends and family can still get together to celebrate the season. Check out these ‘go to’ looks and unwrap what to wear for the holidays.
A night on the town with gal pals counting your blessings for the year allows you to lean into high fashion with bold color and style. One-shoulder tops or those with dramatic, puffy sleeves and bright colors are a hit this season. For a completely on-trend look, pair your top with a pair of faux leather leggings – shiny or matte – and top off the festive outfit with a hat and big beaded earrings for a look that makes a statement. Modern faux leather leggings have a bit of stretch and elastane for a surprisingly comfortable and flattering look, and you can find them in all price points.
Another fun option is party pants. Look for slim trousers made with velvet, brocade, a metallic fabric, or ornate embroidery. Balance out the look with a simple fitted tee, jewelry, and a clutch for a festive but comfy look. Embellished pumps also elevate an otherwise simple holiday outfit. Bonus points for any accessory trimmed in this year’s luxurious trend – feathers!
Whether it takes place in the office breakroom or at a local restaurant, company employees are beginning to gather again to celebrate and reconnect. Over-the-top Christmas parties are giving way to smaller gatherings, but we still want to glam it up and feel joyful. Julep Boutique owner Julie Miller suggests treating the informal office party like Friday . . . but with flair. “Grab a pair of pants with dramatic flared bottoms and pair them with booties and a big sweater. Add a hat and sparkly, eye-catching jewelry for a look that is casual but fun.”
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Christmas morning isn’t complete unless your toes are warmed up inside cute, fuzzy slippers. Miller’s top pick is the Santa Baby slipper by Rollasole. The Santa themed footwear is as festive as it gets but comfy enough for hours on your feet baking cookies. They even fold up into a small carrying case if you’re traveling over the holidays. Matching pajama sets are always a hit for the holidays. Instead of the usual fun reindeer or elf prints this year, try turning up the glamour a bit with PJs in a fashionable animal print or trimmed in fluffy feathers. Santa is sure to love the look!
Throwing a get-together at your home? Miller recommends you choose an outfit a full week or two before the big day to avoid the last-minute stress of scrambling for something to wear. “Choose a look that’s fresh, energetic and comfortable. Bold colors, animal prints, long necklaces and a brand-new pair of sneakers top the list for a memorable hostess outfit.” That’s right, sneakers! Casual footwear from the 90s is making a big comeback and is appropriate for most occasions. Pair bright white or shiny gold sneakers with a candy-colored matching tracksuit for a comfortable but polished retro option while shopping for holiday gifts.