“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go….”
Yep, it’s starting to feel like the holidays in Seattle. I love this time of year. Everywhere houses are decorated, halls are decked, people sipping eggnog and carolers singing their jam. It’s all so magical!
Every year we celebrate with family and friends to share the merry and joy. But I’m usually the one scrambling for something to wear last minute. Let’s be real. A different outfit for each party is a lot of work. Who has time for all of that in the midst of holiday chaos.
This year, I created a fool proof outfit I can wear to all the holiday events. It’s easy, subtle and effortless. Just crossing fingers I don’t run into the same people that’ll recognize my outfit. Seriously!
I always love sparkle when it comes to the holidays. It’s the only time I can get away with fancy, without being OTT. This outfit can be worn to different types of festivities with just enough shimmer and shine.
I bought this sheath dress on my last trip to New York City. When I saw it, I knew it would be easy to style, because it already says a lot with the amount of embellishment.
After studying the dress, it is decorated with a floral motif made of burgundy paillettes (fancy word for sequins) allover the dress. If you look closely at the hem, each motif is cut out to form a shaped hem. This must’ve took someone a lot of time to sew these on. Being in the industry for this long, helps me appreciate the work people to do to make something so pretty.
The shape is a pure classic silhouette. You can’t go wrong with that. I love the casual details, such as, the center front zipper and sweater rib trims that are added to balance the elaborate pattern. The length hits right at the knee, so it’s easy to run from one party to the next. Can you imagine me doing that with a ball gown?
The accessories were kept simple in all black. Even in all black, I made sure each piece had texture and a subtle sheen. For instance, the beret is sewn in metallic thread. The tights (wish the industry would come up with a better name soon) has little black crystals attached allover. I bet you didn’t even noticed until I just told you. The leather gloves are casual in material, but the fancy part is the length. It feels like I’m wearing dinner gloves back in the Downton Abbey times. (Yes I watched each episode. So Good!)
I complete the outfit in a leather jacket with a detachable pink fur collar. Again, adding subtle textures making the outfit interesting and dimensional. Keeps the eye moving, doesn’t it? The crop length of the jacket hits at the high hip, so still leaves some shimmer to show on the bottom of the dress. This jacket is cut like a denim jacket. So I can dress it down on the weekends.
Last but not least, I’ve posted about the ankle boots on the post here and here. These are the best holiday shoes and you’ll probably see me restyling them throughout the years. That’s why they are an investment. The more I wear them, the “less” they cost.
- When looking for a decorative piece, make sure the pattern continues to the back. If it’s just at the front, we call that a “coffin top” in the industry. It’s a sign of an inexpensive garment, because it would’ve been costly to add more to the back.
- Be careful when selecting the amount of sequins. It’s ok to have a lot of it. Make sure it’s subtle in same color. Refrain yourself from being a Christmas tree!
Go ahead! Give this outfit a try and comment below.
All photos by Eric Green