It’s mid-December, folks, and that means you should at least be considering where you should have picked up the perfect, gorgeous holiday dress already! Seriously, why haven’t you stocked away several by now??
I have been seeing lots of fun articles and suggestions about getting and/or creating a holiday dress in the past few days, and they’re not wrong. If you are, like me, attending several events this holiday season, you will need to make a completely unique and beautiful fashion statement for each one. The Trashy Diva blog featured a wonderful collection of Sophia Loren-inspired clothes and accessories!
Though she’s (apparently) also making a blue velvet gown for Christmas (which I cannot WAIT to see!), the green chiffon would be perfect for any holiday gathering, especially if paired with some vintage red jewelry and shoes! Less “traditional” holiday color schemes are a great way to be festive without being cliché or boring, so break out those bold colors and bright accessories!
Since I’m attending/participating in a friend’s wedding this weekend, I have a rehearsal dinner and a brunch to dress for, and because I’m in the wedding I’ve already got that outfit in the bag! (It’s literally been marinating in a dry cleaning bag for months.) One of my other friends got married in November, and although it was a bit warm, I chose a sweater dress for the occasion, mostly because it was just too cool not to wear!
If you’re not involved with one (or more) weddings this season, there are still many possible, non-ugly sweater themed parties, to plan for: office party, networking events, happy hours, early gift exchanges, multi or extended family get-togethers, those fortunate Sagittarius or Capricorn birthdays, and any number of random, enjoyable outings that require you to wear more than just your pa-jim-jams!
Usually Christmas day is spent with family, so I can put together a more relaxed (but equally adorable!) ensemble, however, I am definitely considering my outfit for New Year’s Eve! Last year I wore a super incredible, multi-colored, silk patchwork coat my mother and great grandmother created together. Mom originally made into a floor-length coat in the ’70s, then cut off, and it had been wasting away in a “to do project” box until we came across it, and I bargained hard in order to get her to finish it so I could show it off.
This year I may or may not have time to create a dress, however, I was inspired last night by a huge, fabulous, rhinestone-studded, black velvet belt (that I can finally fit into), which was just waiting for me in my closet! It’s vintage, from Neiman Marcus! So, even if I create an ensemble from the existing items in my closet, I’m sure it’ll be fabulous! As long as you’ve got an inspiration piece, you’ll come up with something show-stopping. Plus, you will feel confident and enthusiastic, so everyone is guaranteed to be excited with you!
Do you have a holiday dress/ensemble picked out? Anything that you wear as a holiday tradition? Plans to do it up on NYE?