As we enter the holiday season, even the usual requires a bit more attention to our ensemble. Here are a few ideas on how to take the same basic outfit and modify its aesthetic for three different destinations.
Start with a neutral color that can frame multiple accessory color palettes. A monochromatic silhouette is optimal so long as it isn’t too matchy. I have selected two pieces in complementary colors but with opposing textures and cuts. Speaking of the cut of the garment – since you want this outfit to take you from conservative to more relaxed settings be sure to find a balance between fitted and overly revealing.
HOLIDAY & SCHOOL PAGEANTS AND SERVICES
The focus is not on you at school recitals and pageants and so accessorizing in neutral hues is a good idea. You’ll get points for being the chic, sleek mom and the necklace doubles as a distraction for keeping younger siblings quiet during older sis/bro’s performance. The neutral hues will also align with services in religious settings.
The office party – whether it be yours or that of your spouse – is one of those love it/hate it life requirements. It may be called a party but you know you are still “on the clock” – your behavior, your conversation, what you wear. All of which makes it more tempting to swill every glass of wine within reach and stuff your mouth with mini quiches and then flee the scene after 30 minutes. But I digress. The office holiday party should be a time to celebrate long hours and good work with your colleagues. Show them some of your out of office personality with a pop of color and distinctive accessories.
FRIEND’S COCKTAIL PARTY
Bring out the full on bling – grab that big, chunky statement necklace. Wear your highest heels – your friends know you’ll be in your stocking feet by midnight!