Holiday Outfits Feature

10 Essentials for Your Chic Holiday Wardrobe

Keep these 10 fashion items on hand and you’ll be ready for any special occasion – from winter formals to holiday parties. All it takes are a few dressy basics to mix and match your way to glamorous holiday outfits! Happy Holiday dressing.

Little Black Dress

It just doesn’t get any better than a perfect little black dress for party wear. The trendiest ‘midi’ lengths fall modestly between below the knee and mid-calf, and the ‘classic’ LBD hemline is right at the knee. Satin, velvet, jersey and crepe are some of the best fabrics for this style. Looking for arm coverage? Here are 3 easy to dress up or wear as is LBD’s that have a lot of glam and provide that long sought after, but hard to find – A Dress with a SLEEVE!

Chelsea28 Metallic Sheath Dress

Chelsea28, Metallic Flecked Sheath, $79

Vince Camuto Contrast Dress

Vince Camuto, Contrast Dress, $148

Dress the Population Sequin & Velvet Midi Sheath Dress

Dress the Population, Sequin & Velvet Midi Sheath Dress, $276

Sparkly Top

A sparkly top is festive enough to stand on its own. An embellished cardigan looks especially fresh right now. Pair with black trousers or a straight skirt, pull back your hair and slick on red lips for a classic party look.

Karen Kane Sequin Long-Sleeve Top

Karen Kane, Sequin Long-Sleeve Top, $118

Frame Metallic Tie-Back Top

Lafayette 148 New York Nessa Sequin Pullover

Lafayette 148 New York, Nessa Sequin Pullover, $698

Soft Trousers

Trousers are en vogue for any part of your day. Plaids and corduroys make great daytime selections, but for the holidays, it is best to keep the bottoms simple because of all the other bling head-to-toe. Black and winter white are faves – and festive fabrics, like velvet.

Tahari Arthur S. Levine Velvet Side-Zip Pants

Tahari Arthur S. Levine, Velvet Side-Zip Pants, $89

Boden Selwood Velvet Wide Leg Pants

Boden Selwood, Velvet Wide Leg Pants, $126

The Row Ane Virgin Wool Pants

The Row, Ane Virgin Wool Pants, $1,190

Dressy Wrap

A beautiful shawl does more than just look good: it can cover bare shoulders, too. Embroidered styles go great with basic strapless dresses; velvets and fringed pieces add richness to separates. Stick with a shawl in approximately the same fabric “weight” as your outfit (you wouldn’t want to pair a heavy velvet piece with a gossamer gown).

Bernie of New York Silk Chiffon Wrap

Bernie of New York, Silk Chiffon Wrap, $68

Nordstrom Silk Fringe Wrap

Nordstrom, Silk Fringe Wrap, $99

La Fiorentina Wool Blend Wrap with Genuine Fox Fur Trim

La Fiorentina, Wool Blend Wrap with Genuine Fox Fur Trim, $425

Perfect Clutch Bag

Complete your holiday outfits with a sophisticated clutch bag. Look for clean lines with subtle details (like gold or silver hardware) to get the most mileage. Some styles have a short strap to go over your shoulder or a loop to hang around your wrist, but holding a dainty bag in your hand is still the chicest way to go.

Rebecca Minkoff Leo Envelope Clutch

Rebecca Minkoff, Leo Envelope Clutch, $99

Tory Burch Kira Leather Envelope Clutch

Tory Burch, Kira Leather Envelope Clutch, $278

Jimmy Choo Celeste Glitter Tulle & Suede Chain-Strap Clutch

Jimmy Choo, Celeste Glitter Tulle & Suede Chain-Strap Clutch, $1,195

Festive Pumps/Sandals

Any high-heeled shoe will go with everything from pants to little black dresses. Can’t wear heels? No need to fret! There are some fabulous glitzy flats and kitten heels for you to choose from. Fabric is the key element and woven sparkly fabrics make evening shoes adaptable to many occasions.

Nina Tirisa Metallic Dress Pumps

Nina Tirisa, Metallic Dress Pumps, $79

Vince Rafe Flared Heel Pump

Vince, Rafe Flared Heel Pump, $350

Roger Vivier Ballerine Chips Satin dOrsay Flats

Roger Vivier, Ballerine Chips Satin d’Orsay Flats, $975

Brocade or Velvet Jacket

The dressy jacket is a staple because it classes up everything from simple white blouses to plain black trousers. Burn-out and embroidery are two finishes that add interest; look for traditionally rich velvet colors like black and burgundy.

Alex Evenings Two-Piece Tank Top & Sequin Jacket Velvet Set

Alex Evenings, Two-Piece Tank Top & Sequin Jacket Velvet Set, $159

Smythe Box Pleat Blazer

Smythe, Box Pleat Blazer, $695

Lafayette 148 New York Faven Satin Blazer

Lafayette 148 New York, Faven Satin Blazer, $798

Fabulous Earrings

If you can swing it (and there are plenty of good buys out there), real diamonds are the only way to go. If that’s not your style go for colored stones and earrings with swagger. Hoops, drops and studs are all popular styles. Just pair your earrings to your updo (the more pulled back/up your hair, the longer the earring).

Rosantica Etna Quartz Tassel Drop Earrings

Rosantica, Etna Quartz Tassel Drop Earrings, $160

Oscar de la Renta Crystal Flower Drop Earrings

Oscar de la Renta, Crystal Flower Drop Earrings, $209

Anzie Aztec White Topaz & 14K Yellow Gold Starburst Earrings

Anzie, Aztec White Topaz & 14K Yellow Gold Starburst Earrings, $850

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