Holiday Style – Casual to Dressy


Hello again from the Pacific Northwest! So, you have probably heard about the general raininess out here. I honestly typically don’t mind it, but right now…it’s REALLY rainy. Our basement flooded while we were gone last week. I was shopping in SoHo as a very special treat trip to NYC one day and the next day I was vacuuming water and mud from our basement. Le sigh. #realitycheck

Anyway, because of our *lovely* weather here it’s tough to want to dress up very often…to slop through the puddles in nice heels or a long skirt or dress. Most days you’ll find me in jeans, boots and a sweater. No…make that everyday in the fall/winter/spring. But…we were invited to an actual, grown-up holiday party this year! Exciting. I quickly realized though that thanks to the #Konmarimethod I had gotten rid of pretty much every dress up item in my closet. Doh. Decluttering fail.

So, I ventured out in search of a few special items that might add some holiday sparkle to the few remaining pieces I had left in the closet. Here are a few combinations I came up with.

Casual Holiday Parties

scarf | Sweater (similar) | pants | shoes (similar) and LOVE these

First of all, I LOVE these Gap Velvet Side Zip Leggings. They are so good, y’all. They are comfy but dressy enough to wear with a ton of things. And this scarf. Also from Gap and SO soft. I really love this combination and…look! Heels! I’m pushing myself here.

toppants | shoes

But…not for long. Here I am back in flats, but THE coolest flat shoes ever. After Shana posted them a couple of months ago I realized I had been waiting my whole life for them. They are amazing and will dress/class up jeans and a sweater any time. The calf hair isn’t the most appropriate for Portland weather (no hiking in these bad boys,) but I’ve learned to walk REALLY carefully through puddles in my time here for the sake of good shoes. Hahaha! No, but for a casual office party where you’ll be standing a lot or for a quick dinner out they are perfect.


Speaking of shoes, I had to include a close-up of these boots I just found from Nine West. They are beautiful, low heeled and flattering. The wider opening at the top makes them so good to balance out the leg. They are just right for dressy black boots which I’ve had a hard time finding lately. Seriously, I have tried on so many pairs. They look great with the final outfit, too.

Dressier Parties


Next up, a sparkly top! Who doesn’t love a sparkly top? Even this jeans and boots girl does this time of year. I cannot find this specific one anywhere on the Forever 21 website. Sad. But there are so many options out there. Love love this one!


top | pants | shoes (similar) | coat (similar and I LOVE)

Sparkly top, meet velvet pants and faux fur = yes. I do love this outfit. I think if we were going out for New Year’s Eve I would totally rock this, puddles and all.

But, I think the winner for the Christmas party is this…


Sparkly gold dress! Lace tights! Heels! All the things I usually never put on my body! Haha. It worked out though. Stretching myself paid off, I think. What are you wearing to holiday parties?


dress (ack! Sold out) This one is lovely | tights (similar and they’re perfect) | shoes (similar)

Shop the looks and other favorites for holiday style


Happy Party Time! ALSO — if you need more inspo for fun, festive garb this season (everything from cozy to glam), head over to our current (2018) page of holiday outfit ideas