This post is sponsored by Saks.
As much as we like dressing up and going all out here at TME, jeans will forever be our favorite place to start an outfit. Sure, I love my sequins, but there really isn’t anything better than a great-fitting pair of jeans. The right pair can make you feel fabulous. A good pair of jeans can go from play dates to date night, or from running errands to brunching, but they’re actually also an excellent choice for a holiday party.
They just need a little zhuzh.
Enter: Statement Pieces. When it comes to a glamorous bag, an over-the-top high heel, or a sparkly belt, I can count on Saks Fifth Avenue for an outfit-making accessory (…as well as jeans. Jeans forever.)
Holiday Outfit Formula: Jeans + Statement Pieces
I dress up distressed denim with outfit-making pieces like statement shoes or a fabulous bag. Details like feathers, sequins, and rhinestones are all fair game here because the denim keeps the look grounded. Finish with a pop of color and you’ve taken your basic jeans-and-a-top combo to “Where the party at?” (Bonus points if you know the song.)
It All Starts With Good Jeans
Start with a great pair of jeans, like these high-rise straight-leg jeans from Frame. They’re incredibly comfortable — the denim is soft and stretchy and the fit is nice and relaxed without being loose. I found them to be more of a mid-rise (below my belly button) and the 27″ length is perfect on my 5’4″ frame — which is good because I LOVE that hemline!
Add A Black Statement Top
Adding a black top is classic. The simplicity of the color black keeps the focus on the fun design details, like the puff sleeves and interesting textures on this ASTR the Label top.
Or the sequins and feathers on the sleeves of this WAYF cardigan.
These Magenta Party Heels Make The Outfit
And do you know what goes really well with feathers? More feathers. I’m obsessed with these fluffy magenta heels. They’re ridiculous in the absolute best way possible: bright feather poms, rhinestone buckles, and a flared heel (making them easier to walk in), these are pretty much the definition of statement shoes. Adding these to anything from jeans and a tee to a fancy party dress absolutely makes the outfit.
The sequin cardigan I’m wearing here is almost sold out (I love the feathers on the sleeves!) but how adorable would these party heels be with this strapless top (omg more feathers!) or this feather-trimmed blazer? Or both!? (Am I being overzealous here??)
…And A Little Extra Razzle Dazzle
This belt is such a fun find, too. It’s by Deepa Gurnani, a brand that makes the most beautiful hand-crafted accessories. I’m loving all of their belts at Saks right now (especially these crystal embellished belts in silver and gorgeous green.) I’m wearing a medium-large here, and there’s plenty of room for adjustment. This gold Rebecca Minkoff bag adds another splash of festive holiday sparkle.
I love the juxtaposition of the fancy heels with the distressed hemline of the jeans! 😍 Hope this helps with your holiday party outfits. Happy Holidays, friends!
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What’s your go-to statement accessory? Even if it’s just a fab red lip – let us know in the comments!
Photo credit: Daniele Carol
A huge thank you to Saks for sponsoring this post. Saks has a huge selection of the best denim and an awesome collection of outfit-making accessories and statement pieces to go with them. As always, all product choices and opinions are my own. Daniele, thank you for the pictures — it’s fun working together again! And readers, thank you SO so much for your continued support. It is so very much appreciated!