This post is going to be so much fun!
What started out as a simple holiday outfit post has grown into a full blown holiday outfit guide!
We’ll start with regular outfit photos first — well regular fancy outfit photos, that is. :) Then we’ll get into 2 easy outfit formulas in second half of the post, where, rather than rounding up lots of random holiday clothes, I’ve actually coordinated 8 individual outfits and put everything together for you. And the best part? Each outfit is built on a basic piece you probably already have in your closet.
My hope is to play as your personal stylist in this post, so you don’t have to give another thought to what to wear. And if you’re not buying anything new right now, perhaps you’ll find a new styling idea for pieces you already own.
So let’s get into it!
WHAT I’M WEARING
I haven’t had much reason to dress up for the holidays the past few years. But all of a sudden, this year, we have event after event — and this gal is SO EXCITED to dress up!
Of course I could just throw on a sparkly dress and call it a day, but I really wanted to put more styling into it and come up with something that felt a little more creative.
So I decided to layer! I layered a fitted lace turtleneck under a slip dress, and managed to fit in as many holiday textures as I could. (Silk, lace, velvet!) To me, it feels special and holiday-ish, while still feeling understated and true to my style.
I originally thought of going with an all-black look, but decided to get a little more festive with this evergreen/teal color — I love the dimension it adds to the outfit.
I have to say, Reformation has perfected the art of the high slit. It was super windy while we took these photos, but thanks to the strategic fit, there was no flashing. I mean, it still felt unnerving for the wind to blow my dress around, but once I realized everything was staying covered, I could relax and trust that the thoughtful design would do it’s job.
I wore it to the ballet last weekend too, and got to give it a sit-test. Happy to report that while sitting does show a lotta leg, everything else stays covered nicely.
To give this dress a more casual vibe, I could always layer a thin black, cream, or camel turtleneck underneath and swap the heels for ankle booties.
Like I mentioned, I already wore this outfit to the ballet, and I’ll be repeating it for all our upcoming events over the holidays — the symphony and a couple of dressier Christmas parties. Feel free to copy it for any special events you’ve got coming up!
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Dress by Reformation ($198, conscious) | Here’s the same dress for less ($128) in a different, more casual fabric. If you’re interested in a similar dress without the high slit, try the Everlane slip dress ($98, conscious) or the Cuyana slip dress in that gorgeous shade of rust ($260, conscious).
Lace Top by Free People (on sale, $28) | I’m not much into bodysuits, so I opted for a regular ol’ top, but I’m sure a lace bodysuit ($100) would work even better layered under a dress. Here’s another lace bodysuit for less ($58) that would work great with jeans or a skirt thanks to it’s built-in top.
Velvet Clutch gifted by Kayu ($105, conscious)
Shoes by Leith ($69) | Low heels are of the utmost importance to me. I try to stay away from anything over 2.5 inches and this pair is just 2 inches tall!
Necklace gifted by Edge of Ember ($159, conscious)
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2 EASY HOLIDAY OUTFIT FORMULAS
Formula No. 1: Black Skinny Jeans
Make the outfit in 4 steps:
- Black jeans read a little dressier than blue jeans, so pull out your favorite pair of black skinny jeans.
- Next, raid your closet for a pair of black shoes — just about any kind will do, whether it’s pumps or booties, even ballet flats. These are my favorite go-with-anything black booties if you need a starting point.
- Pick one of the top + bag combinations below!
- Finish with a gold necklace or pair of earrings. Stay cozy and warm in a simple black coat. Done and done!
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Formula No. 2: Basic Black Dress
The best part about this outfit formula? Break it apart and every piece can be styled on it’s own way (way) past the holidays.
If you want to avoid items that are so holiday-specific, use it as an opportunity to invest in a good coat or pair of booties that can do so much more for your wardrobe in the long run.
Make the outfit in 3 steps:
- Start with a basic black dress. I’ve been living in this dress lately. The knit is so soft and high-quality, plus it’s WARM. Much warmer than I expected a thin knit dress to be. I got a size small and it skims the body without being tight or too fitted.
- Now comes the fun part: pick one of the boot + coat combinations below! (And wear wool socks to keep your feet toasty.)
- Finish by layering a couple of gold necklaces, grab your simplest black purse, and you’re done!
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And there you have it!
Thank you so much for being here. I hope you enjoyed this post — I had so much fun putting it together for you!
Now it’s your turn! Are you going to try out one of these outfits? Which one? Got any more more ideas for restyling basic items you already have into a holiday look? I’d love to hear (and I bet everyone else would too). Share away in the comments!