It’s the holiday season [insert twinkly music here] and, I’m gonna be honest, life is a bit of a frenzy these days. The end of November seems to unleash a series of events that feel like one big sleigh ride straight to Christmas day. Even if you don’t celebrate the day, it exists as a time vacuum where most people slow down in a food coma and perhaps a bit of Netflix and chilling, right? Right. So back to the frenzy. It’s really a fun one, because all that running around is for social events. December forces us to become social butterflies, and since I’m naturally inclined to go out, it’s a time to shine! Of course I mean that in the figurative, party-hopping sense but I also mean that in the literal, metallic colour palette sense. Because when the holidays roll around, everything gets just a bit more sparkly. Don’t believe me? Head on over to Instagram and search for hashtag holiday party ootd, and behold the shine of the outfits!
(Confession: I had to Google “OOTD” the first time I saw it getting hashtagged on Twitter and Instagram. Does that make me old? Cringe. For those like me, it stands for “outfit of the day.”)
My favourite holiday outfits all have a few things in common: a sleek silhouette, one or two pops of colour, and a few key baubles and sparkles to complement the frosty weather outside. If you’ve followed any of my style posts, you know that I like to put all my style inspiration into one convenient Polyvore set. Well, this time is no different.
Sleek silhouettes in neutral colours serve as a good canvas to apply colour and sparkle to. That doesn’t mean that neutral outfit should be boring though! Sequins, zippers, and asymmetry are a few of my favourite fashion details and add instant fun to an otherwise basic item of clothing. That BCBG skirt in my holiday party ootd just makes me want to head straight to the dance floor and do my best flapper girl imitation.
Want to mix things up? Dress in white. The old fashion rule to avoid white after labour day (or just plain wintertime for all outside of North America) is out. White is the new black.
Pops of Colour
When I moved into my condo, the design advice I’d get most often was to keep my walls white and my accessories colourful. I listened to that advice and applied to my style as well. The fun part about accessorizing with pops of colour is how bold you can go. Neon stilettos? Sign me up. Turquoise bucket bag? Don’t mind if I do! The more neutral your outfit, the brighter and crazier your accessories. I can get behind that!
Now that the festive season is upon us, I get my pops from the seasonally appropriate palette: green and red. It’s pretty much the only time you can wear the colour combination without inciting any “Christmas in July” references and side eyes coming your way. Plus pairing a pair of emerald heels with red nails is hardly kitschy!
Baubles & Sparkles
I’m partial to jewellery on pretty much any given day. These days I’m all about the ear crawlers and stackable rings, which are pretty much ideal for the holiday season in the silver, gold, and jewelled tones they come in. So obviously, these pieces translate well into the holiday party ootd outline! Actually, any piece of jewellery that is metallic and sparkly are the ones to get! The more sparkly the better I say, because really, when else can you wear crystal-encrusted dangly earrings?