the sunday brief | classic holiday outfits

are you wondering what to wear to your holiday office party this year? or maybe it’s a neighborhood cookie exchange penciled on your calendar. it could be a christmas brunch you need a special outfit to wear to, holiday concert, or, my favorite, the annual nutcracker performance. you name it, there’s a variety of activities to attend once the holiday season arrives. 

the holidays can be stressful enough without stewing over ‘what to wear.’ there are menus to plan houses to decorate, and gifts to wrap. through the years i learned that if i keep several wardrobe staples on hand, i can mix and match to my heart’s content, knowing i can throw a holiday ootd together in minutes. it’s a list of holiday wardrobe basics that make life a little easier this time of year. what made the grade? let’s find out.

velvet blazer – a beautiful fabric that happens to be on trend at the moment. similar here, here, and here.

fur trimmed cardigan – a cardigan is a beautiful third layer that’s a wonderful alternative to a blazer. it keeps you warm and stylish. similar here, here and here.

faux fur jacket – this little number looks gorgeous popped over a dress or a skirt. similar here, here, and here.

jive talkin'

velvet skirt – just like its hard-working counterpart, the velvet blazer, a velvet skirt is a must-have in my closet. add a flannel shirt for an unexpected pairing. similar here, here, and here.

holly jolly christmas

sequin stroll

date night with proctor & gamble

sequins – a little shimmer come the holidays is always a good thing. sweaters, skirts, dresses, even pants all make the grade. similar here, here, and here.

glitz 'n glam

crepe pants – want instant holiday glam? wear a pair of crepe ankle pants that go with everything. and i mean everything. similar here.

little black dress – when in doubt reach for the little black dress. it always works. i promise. look for interesting details that will set your dress apart from all the others. similar here, here, and here.

mix and mingle

jacquard pants – love, love, love the shimmer and shine from jacquard pants. if there is a perfect holiday fabric this just might be it. there is always a pair of brocade pants hanging in my closet. always. similar here, and here.

faux fur vest – this sweet little number can be dressed up or down. but it’s always ready to party. similar here and here.

satin pumps – for extra pizazz slip into a pair of satin pumps. similar here and here.

lace top – while lace is a welcome addition to your closet any time of year it gives that extra special flare come the holidays. similar here and here.

happy new year

tuxedo – inspired by the boys but oh-so-feminine a tuxedo jacket is an elegant addition to the holiday wardrobe staples. it’s those satin lapels. similar here, here, and here.