How to Create a Holiday Party Look You Can Actually Wear Later

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Every year around the holidays, we inevitably have one fancy party that requires us to get all dressed up. It’s a great time to break out of the normal routine and embrace a little holiday cheer. And every year, it’s hard to stand out in the sea of plaid. Plaid is great and I own a few pieces that I love to wear around the holidays, but once you’ve worn a plaid item once, it loses its novelty. That’s why I like to have a few neutral pieces that help me get through the holiday party season and beyond. Here’s how I pulled together a timeless, classic look that still feels festive and how you can do the same.

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Details: J.Crew Lace Pants / J.Crew Turtleneck / Similar Red Pumps / Similar J.Crew Factory Necklace

When I found these black lace pants, I knew they would be the perfect holiday party alternate. The lace detail makes them feel fancy and festive. I especially love the trim around the cuff. The black pair feels sophisticated. I can dress these up for date night or dress them down for a day at the office. They’d look just as darling with a sequin tank top as they would with a chambray shirt and statement necklace. And depending on the season, you can add little pops of color like these red pumps to make them fit whatever theme you’re going for.

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Here are some tips for creating your own classic holiday look:

  1. Choose a Classic Color Palette

If you’re trying to make holiday dressing a little easier this year, you probably don’t have to look any further than your own closet. You probably have the start of a great holiday outfit in your closet already. Choose items from your wardrobe with a simple color palette like all ivory, tan, or black, and add on to that to make it a holiday-ready look.

  1. Add texture

Wearing all black may make it look like you’re going to a funeral, which is especially bad for a holiday party. Even an all ivory look may look flat. But adding an interesting material or texture can both elevate and break up a monotone look. Tulle, velvet, or sequins are great options.

  1. Add red or green accessories

Temper a monotone look with little pops of red or green. A red pair of shoes or a green clutch would be perfect.

  1. Add some bling

Add one statement piece of jewelry to make your look feel dressy. Either a really gorgeous pair of earrings or a big statement necklace, not both. You don’t want too many things competing for attention.

Here are some pieces you can turn into a timeless holiday look.banana-republic-factory-tulle-dot-midi-skirt

I would pair this Banana Republic Factory skirt with either a black turtleneck or ivory sweater and these sequin pumps.

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I’d wear this J.Crew black velvet jumpsuit with these dangly earrings and red pumps.
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I’d style this Loft Velvet Belted Dress with a red or green clutch.

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