Some of you told me you’d be curious about my advice for holiday party attire. And, since this is officially the week for holiday parties and I know
I’m you’re fretting about what to wear, I thought I’d pass on some of my favorite “rules of thumb” for holiday party outfits.
First, let’s ditch the dresses, shall we? I mean, I love a good festive frock, don’t get me wrong, but they’re single-use beasts that we always get in our heads we can’t wear again. I’d rather go for separates – they’re more flexible, generally more weather-appropriate (bare legs + snow is not chic), and excellent for re-purposing.
For me, a gorgeous formal jacket is a go-to for the holidays. I have a classic cream tux jacket I wear to death this time of year, but I’m also a big fan of jacquard and velvet for the holidays. The beauty of something like this is you can pair it with nearly anything and look instantly party-ready. Over a sheath dress, or skinny black trousers and a silk tee, add a long necklace or some great earrings, heels and you’re done. Added advantage? If you’re an office-dweller, this ensemble is a cinch for after-work fetes, since you can just keep the blazer and jewelry in your car, and swap it out on your way.
Stella McCartney jacquard blazer (another gorgeous option here), $590 + 20% off w/code GIFTED20 | Baublebar Maharaja studs, $36 | Anthropologie Colorblock silk tee, $118 | Rachel Zoe Franco t-strap heels, $198 + 20% off w/code EXTRA20OFF (other great sale options here) | J.Crew stovepipe trouser, $168 + 30% off w/code GIFTNOW
Another staple I’ll always have on hand this time of year is a pair of tuxedo pants. Mine are a little outdated, truth be told – I’m thinking this may be the year to update them with a slimmer-fitting, ankle-skimming version. Like the jacket, the beauty of the tux pant is versatility and simplicity. Just add a silk blouse or a gorgeous sweater in a festive color, then let your accessories really dress this up for the holidays. Add a great statement necklace and a really fantastic, maybe slightly crazy heel, and you’re done. (A side note: tuxedo leggings seem to be a thing this season. Please resist the temptation. Invest in a classic cut and not only will it be more flattering, it will be in style for much, much longer.)
Tory Burch Etta sweater, $270 (another great option here) | DKNY pull-on skinny trousers, $235 (more here and here) | Jason Wu Lily heels, $476 (more here. What? It’s the holidays…treat yourself!) | Fallon pearl necklace, $200
Now, tell me – what’s your go-to outfit for this year’s holiday bash?
love that blouse! xo jillian
Jillian: Isn’t that one great? Festive without trying too hard…I love it!