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What to Wear: Holiday Edition

Posted: Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

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Samantha is a writer and stylist with a love for pretty details. She took her trip down the aisle in June 2013 and is now living the married life in Charlotte's South End. Samantha can be reached here.

We are officially in the middle of the holiday season, which usually means a full social calendar of family gatherings, office parties and festive get-togethers with friends. As if it's not hard enough making small talk and telling yourself to back away from the table of Christmas cookies, you also have to figure out what to wear. And navigating the shimmery, sequin world of holiday attire can be daunting, which is why I'm here to offer a little solace and some outfit inspiration.

For the office holiday party…

Figuring out what to wear to the holiday work party can be tricky. You don’t want to be too fancy but you are expected to be festive. Choose a dressier pant and pair it with an embellished sweater. Tailored pants with prints and patterns are very on trend this season and they are the perfect way to dress up your look without over doing it. Show off your mixing skills and pair your outfit with a cute, complimentary printed flat. Leopard loafers are always my go to because they are fierce but neutral. Add a sparkly pair of earrings, keep your make-up light and you’re good to go.

For family gathering with your future in-laws…

Holidays are all about family, which means you’ll most likely being spending time with your future in-laws. Keep your look polished but casual. You absolutely cannot go wrong with a great fitting pair of jeans, a comfy sweater and a cute pair of boots. Throw on a wintery vest and keep everything else simple. You want your future family to notice your winning personality but it doesn’t hurt that you’re stylish too.

New Years Eve…

New Years Eve is usually a fun night out with friends and the perfect time to go full glam. If there is ever a time to wear a sequin dress, it’s New Years Eve. Accessorize with a simple pair of pumps, a big pair of earrings, and a metallic clutch. Wear your hair up in a high, polished ponytail and break out the red lipstick. All you need now is a noisemaker in one hand and glass of champagne in the other.

New Years Eve Look:
French Connection Sequin Dress
Kate Spade Star Cut-out Pumps
Tory Burch Crossbody
Nars Lipstick

Family Gathering:
Uniqlo Cable Sweater
Paige Denim Jeans
J. Crew Puffer Vest
Michael Kors Ankle Boots
Michael Kors Rose Gold Watch
Essie Nail Polish

Office Party:
J. Crew Sweater
J. Crew Pants
Leopard Loafers
Kate Spade Crossbody

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