2016 must be the year for letting go of wardrobe fantasies.
Earlier this year, I let go of fantasy fall. (And it was awesome!)
Now I’m letting go of fantasy holidays.
The holidays always make me feel like I need to stock up on party outfits. Like maybe a pretty velvet jumpsuit! Or an embellished maxi dress!
But when I look at my real life — instead of the fantasy — it becomes clear that I don’t need a bunch of fancy party outfits. Because I don’t have a bunch of fancy holiday parties to attend.
My holiday parties are more like little gatherings with two or three couple friends, having dinner at a usual spot. Casual. Low-key. Relaxed.
This kind of gathering calls for something laid-back and comfortable. But … something that still feels a little bit festive.
So, here’s my outfit formula:
1 | Oversized flannel button down
Flannel is like the casual girl’s version of velvet. It’s still got a rich texture, but it’s more relaxed, so it feels spot on for this laid-back holiday look.
Did you notice the shirt collar is missing in this outfit? When wearing a button down underneath a sweater, I prefer to tuck in the collar so it doesn’t show. Quick how-to? While wearing just the button down, roll or fold the collar to the inside of the shirt. Then top with the sweater and adjust as necessary.
2 | Slouchy sweater
A slouchy sweater in a neutral color keeps the look understated, while also adding warmth. Want to see two other ways I’ve styled this sweater? Right this way.
3 | Skinny jeans
Since the top half of this outfit is so voluminous, I balanced that out by keeping things simple and fitted on the bottom.
4 | Ankle booties and socks
The only way to finish off a warm, comfortable outfit like this is with equally warm, comfortable footwear — thick camp socks and a pair of feel-good booties. Don’t let the three inch heel fool you — these boots were made for walking with their grippy rubber sole and shock absorbing heels.
The color palette: grey, brown, berry, and blue
My favorite thing about this outfit — besides the comfort and functionality of it — is the color palette. I know! My neutral-loving self is getting into color more and more these days.
At first, I thought grey and brown wouldn’t look good together, but after experimenting a little, they surprised me. I like this deep, dark brown with the lighter grey. To me, the berry color serves as a bridge between them.
Try creating the look with different pieces
You don’t have to have these exact pieces to create a similar look. If you have a slouchy sweater, but you don’t have an oversized button down, try putting any longer top, like a tunic top, underneath. Or you could skip that layer all together and wear a scarf in holiday colors instead. You could also swap the slouchy sweater for a cozy cardigan. Play around a little and see what you come up with.
So tell me, do you have a go-to holiday outfit formula? Does your lifestyle call for more dressed down outfits this time of year or do you dress up more? What’s your favorite holiday color palette?
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01 | Flannel by Madewell (Fit note: I wanted a generously oversized fit, so I’m wearing a M)
05 | Booties by Timberland in dark brown (Fit note: runs small and narrow. I sized up half a size and got the wide width.)