Outfit + Gold & Sparkle = Holiday Outfit
Now that it’s the Christmas season, it is time to start dressing for the occasion. (OK, it’s been the Christmas season for a while, I’m just kind of late at getting a holiday post up). But how do you dress for the holidays when when you don’t own “Christmas” clothing, or you just don’t like wearing novelty prints of Christmas trees? I’m all for a festively, kitschy holiday outfit. . . on other vintage loving gals, but it’s just not for me. However, I do love to dress for the season. So how do you dress for the season, when you don’t want to wear poinsettia dresses, red is not your best colour, or you don’t want a wardrobe full of themed items that can only be worn at certain times of the year?
My go-to solution for dressing for the holidays, whether it’s Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, or Family Day (wait- no- you don’t really dress up for Family Day. . . ) is to take a regular outfit, add different accessories to it, and thus turn it into a holiday outfit. For example, at Christmastime, take a whole bunch of gold bling and sparkly jewellery, and voila! With a few changes, it’s suddenly a holiday outfit!
I wore this exact same outfit last week, minus all the gold, and it looked like a regular old unholidayish dress. But taking the same basic pieces: a striped dress, a black bolero, black tights and black pumps and then restyling them with a gold belt and clutch, metallic gold nail polish, sparkly eyeshadow, and sparkly rhinestone jewellery made it suddenly seem more festive. Making those few changes made it the perfect thing to wear to the Christmas lunch at our church.
I’ve also worn this dress in the springtime, here, and the accessories I paired that time made it look the farthest thing from Christmas you could think of. Imagine if I had paired this dress with spider jewellery, a veiled hat, and a velvet jacket- suddenly it would look perfect for Halloween. Accessories really are a girl’s best friend- a few key pieces can completely change the look of your outfit to suit whichever holiday you are going for.
So, if you aren’t into outfits that scream “CHRISTMAS!!!!”, but you do want to add a bit of a festive touch, accessories are where it’s at.
Here are some more ways to add a bit of holiday cheer to your outfit:
- Wear a bow in your hair. It’s like dressing up as a present. . . only more subtle. 😉
- Plaid is the perfect Christmas material because it has nothing to do with Christmas, and yet it looks so festive when worn this time of year. And you can wear it any other season, and it looks lovely- I’m all for fabrics that do double duty.
- Wear darker hued shades of “Christmas colours”. Instead of wearing bright red and green, try jewel tones like burgundy and emerald. Rich colours like navy blue can look very winter appropriate too, with some silver jewellery added, for example.
- Christmas jewellery adds a festive touch, but is a bit more understated than a Christmas dress. And, it doesn’t take up tons of space, so collecting Christmas earrings and brooches doesn’t take up your entire wardrobe, but adds a nice festive touch.
- ‘Tis the season for rich and sumptuous fabrics like velvet and taffeta. They are great for both Christmas, and also New Years, and as most people don’t get the opportunity to wear them year round, it’s time to bust them out of the closet!
- As I said before: gold and sparkles is where it’s at. In a society where people are more likely to have ugly sweater parties, I say- bring on the glam and the glitz! Any excuse to break out the cocktail dresses is good by me.
So, do you like going all out dressing for the season? Or do you like your Christmas outfits to be a bit more subtle? Or maybe you don’t dress for the holidays at all? Do you have any other holiday outfit tips?
ps. This is the same vintage Laura Ashley bolero from last week– and here you can see the fabric better!
December 19, 2017 @ 6:34 am
It must have warmed up! The snow looks to be almost gone and you are posing without a coat. My sister who lives in Edmonton said they had abnormally warm weather a week ago. So much easier for a blogger!
Your look is very classic and feminine. It suits you perfectly.
I’m not into really dressing for the season but I love the idea of layering on the sparkle.
December 20, 2017 @ 12:54 pm
Thank-you Suzanne! I hope you get lots of opportunities (or make them!) to wear lots of sparkle!
Oh and yep- it did warm up last week, but today it’s back down to -21 🙁 But, at least I was able to get these photos on Sunday while the weather was nice 🙂
December 20, 2017 @ 1:09 am
It’s good to see a close up of that fabulous bolero! I found an amazing Laura Ashley velvet dress in a charity shop but alas two sizes too small. You look very classy here, subtle yet festive – a winning combo! X
December 20, 2017 @ 12:55 pm
The saddest thing about thrifting is that when you find something amazing, you can’t get it in another size!
Thanks for your comment Porcelina!
December 20, 2017 @ 3:38 am
Oh, what an adorable outfit – and you’re right, so festive without being too obvious. the gold accessories are a genius idea – it looks unbelievably different from your spring post! Thanks for all your lovely posts in the last year, and happy holidays! Kx
December 20, 2017 @ 12:56 pm
Thanks Karen! I’m so glad you’ve been following along this year, and I wish you a very merry (and sparkly) Christmas too!
December 20, 2017 @ 9:06 am
You look very festive! Gold and black is a good combination on you.
I’m not much of a high-heel wearer in general, so for me the only thing I need to do to feel glamorous is to slip on high heels and put my hair up with a fancy barrette.
I think the best thing about having a wardrobe made of versatile basic pieces, like your dress and bolero, is that accessories really do make them feel varied, and they can be paired with so many colors and worn year round. It is a kind of magic to make so many transformations out of so few items.
December 20, 2017 @ 12:58 pm
Thanks so much!
You are absolutely right about high heels; I’m just not dressed up either, unless I’ve got a pair on! And, it is lots of fun seeing how many ways you can restyle an outfit with different accessories. 🙂
December 30, 2017 @ 7:37 am
I feel the same about festive outfits. I love seeing others in their full on festive finery but it just isn’t me. I like your approach, this looks lovely with the gold.
December 30, 2017 @ 11:07 pm
Thanks Kate-Em! ♥