Festive Outfit Ideas For All Your Celebrations
I'm often told I'm a bit over the top. It's no surprise, see: I laugh loudly. I wear cherry red lipstick in the afternoon. I have deliriously big dreams.
For eleven months of the year, there are very few of us who live in this category. And I wouldn't trade it for anything, even if it isn't always understood by others.
But then, something changes in the air in December. There's festivities, the swelling feeling of the holidays and parties and the magical dusting of snow that makes everything glitter. Even the strictest minimalists are wearing sequins.
We live differently during this time. We treasure friends and family by sending cards, throwing parties and dancing all night. We drink champagne with abandon. We eat desserts, carbs be damned!
And I often find myself wishing the world was this way all the time.
Of course, that would probably ruin the magic of the holidays: A great party is one that ends at the right time. But, while we're sailing through the party season that is December, why not make the most of it? Let's dress the part, shall we?
And while that could mean any number of frilly mini-dresses from the mall, I've rounded up a few better outfit ideas to help you stand out in a sea of look-at-me ensembles.
Full of festive spirit and dreaming of holiday gatherings, I picked some of my favourite pieces by Halifax designer Mo Handahu to bring you these looks! Which is your fav?!
The Lady Tux
[Outfit details: Top, Smart Set, similar here. Pants, Dynamite, similar here. Blazer was a gift, similar here. Similar earrings here. Clutch, The TUTU Experience by Mo Handahu. Photos by Karsten Fatur Photography. ]
When you're looking for something comfortable but still elegant, try reaching for suiting separates instead of a gown. By going full-on monochrome, it oozes chic. Pair your favourite black blazer with some go-anywhere black dress pants as the outfit's foundation. Then, to finish things off and add interest, slip on a sequin camisole and bold earrings.
A simple red lip adds festive flair, but the real showstopper is the clutch. By pairing an oversized, printed clutch with a more streamlined outfit, this look works almost anywhere and is stylish-yet-unexpected.
I'm loving this idea for office parties, cocktail events, formal family gatherings and swanky dinners. It's also the perfect New Year's Eve outfit if you prefer something less revealing.
The Slip Dress
When you want to up the sex appeal, a slip dress will never steer you wrong. I love them for their old Hollywood feel. Typically longer than a mini dress but quite fitted, they manage to walk the line of elegant and flirty perfectly.
If you're feeling adventurous, a bold hue is guaranteed to be the best look at the party. Foil the dress' figure-hugging nature by pairing it with a boxy, oversized clutch to create an ensemble that's worthy of a fashion editorial, and don't forget the shoulder-grazing earrings!
This look is perfect for a holiday date night, New Year's plans made for two, or when anytime you feel like channeling your inner Marilyn Monroe.
When you need something that's girly and glam, try reaching for a tutu. I love them anytime of year because they feel so Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and The City. But, for those with subtler tastes, the holiday circuit is the perfect excuse to be a little bolder and wrap yourself in tulle.
I love the idea of a tutu with a fitted holiday sweater or a structured blouse. It'd look amazing with a fun, printed t-shirt or even a basic turtleneck- the options are endless!
I'm envisioning this look at a New Year's house party, a casual dinner party with friends, a religious ceremony, a holiday brunch, or even strolling around town looking at Christmas lights. Basically, anytime you want a fun and festive look with a dash of femininity!
What events are you going to the next few weeks? Wherever festivities take you, I hope you have a great time!
And remember, being one of the bold ones can be a lot of fun- even if it's just for the day. Put on some red lipstick and live a little! 'Tis the season, after all ;).
PS: All the photos in this post were taken by the talented Karsten Fatur. Check out his flikr page for amazing images!!