I’ve been planning what to wear for a handful of holiday parties, and thought a few holiday wardrobe suggestions might be fun to share (please share yours too!)

My “collection” includes skirts, pants, jackets and dresses, some dating back over 20 years, that fortunately still fit (thanks to braces which make eating a challenge these days!)

3 Holiday Wardrobe Tips…

  • Avoid the Obvious — Go for holiday “feel” in patterns or fabrics instead of screaming holiday looks. I found this skirt (photos below) in the middle of the summer at Century 21, yet it reminded me of a Ralph Lauren holiday style so I wear it only at the holidays, dressing it up or down with a t-shirt or fur depending on the occasion. Same for this Burberry plaid which was a long dress cut to tea length years ago. It works with a turtle neck or in it’s original strapless form. Designer prints are sure to stand the test of time.
  • Joy to the Jacket — Thanks to J.Crew for this fun plaid several years ago, love that it’s machine washable, pairs well with jeans, or ruffles and dress pants. The red jacket was a steal-of-a-find in the kids section of T.J.Maxx (thx to my former nanny Galen who insisted I get one to match the two we found the same day for the girls.) It’s a Brooks Brothers and can definitely jingle the bells.
  • Glamour Shots — Let’s face it, there are rare occasions to really don the sparkles, so I love to pull them out at holidays. These sequin pants are 20-yr-ago Laundry brand, and since our anniversary is smack dab in the center of the holidays, I wore them last week for our dinner and a movie date. Several other short and long glam dresses have been put to work for over 10 years, again not technically “holiday” but they can do the job when they’re in town.

Consignment shops are perfect for off-season holiday choices at discounted prices, and don’t forget vintage if you want something no one else will be wearing.

Bottom line — go for it from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Wear what makes you feel beautiful and celebrate the season in style, YOUR style.


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