If I had a dollar for every time a friend uttered the words “I can’t pull that off,” I’d be jet-setting around the world in a private jet instead of sitting here writing this story.
OK, not quite, but the debilitating mindset that stops us from reaching our true sartorial potential is rampant, especially when the holidays come around. I get it, there’s nothing quite as intimidating as a sequined blazer, but when it comes to wearing something out of your comfort zone, the secret to achieving greatness is basically ... putting said thing on.
Still not totally convinced? I thought you might say that. That’s why I’ve gone ahead and done your holiday party homework for you. From just the tiniest touch of sparkle to full-on party pants, here are some fool-proof, totally wearable options for any of your seasonal commitments this month.
1. Throw On Some Sparkle
I personally am of the camp that when it comes to sparkle, the tackier, the better. But for those of you who aren’t quite as sold on sparkle, there are in fact subtle ways to commit to some shine in your wardrobe. Why not go with black sequined trousers and a white T-shirt? Or perhaps a sneakily sparkly Eloquii jumpsuit? Or maybe an LC Lauren Conrad blazer that can be taken off if the glitz of it all starts to overwhelm you. Of course, you could always pair some Baublebar sparklers or shiny rose gold Kate Spade Keds with a regular outfit and call it a day.
2. Winterize The Slip Dress
The slip dress is another piece that can feel totally festive and totally intimidating, with its silky, slinky material and general lack of coverage. Picture this printed Free People number over a fitted J. Crew turtleneck and a chunky Steve Madden heel. It pretty much screams party time. If a high neck isn’t your bag, this look can feel just as festive with a black Topshop slip dress, a white T-shirt (I love this one from Aritzia) underneath and some necklaces layered on top paired with, perhaps, this leopard print faux fur coat from H&M?
3. Pile On The Velvet
There are also plenty of opportunities to rock velvet without looking like a vintage couch or a Prince impersonator (my personal aesthetic). Take these Who What Wear for Target paisley booties. At just $44.99, it quite frankly doesn’t matter what you wear with them, it’s an automatic party.
AnAsos Curve bodysuit would look pretty amazing tucked into a pair of super comfortable NYDJ ripped black jeans. An epic crinkle blazer from Topshop is a surefire conversation starter over a pair of skinny black pants and a lacy camisole. If color is too much for you, perhaps a dream blazer-dress combo from Missguided is more your style?
There you have it, folks. A festive run down of looks that you not only can pull off, but should. Tweet us at @huffpostlifestyle and show us your best holiday outfits!