Bring on the sparkle, Babes. This holiday season is all about maximum embellishment, glitz and glam.
I don’t often talk about trends (really, they barely matter at all) but this is the year of “dressing dangerously” (thank you, Vogue) so the trend of Fancy-Fancy is on like King Kong. So if you are excitedly pulling out your feather mini to pair with your sequin top and metallic bag….yay, you. Rock it.
But if the very words “feather mini” strike fear in your heart, or if you aren’t quite sure if we’re even still talking about clothes (‘Is ‘feather mini’ a type of warbler or loon?)…keep reading, Bird Nerd. We’ve got something for you.
Scotti and I pulled together a list of outfit-making pieces that can be easily incorporated into your existing wardrobe. These pieces that will give your outfits some 2014-inspired razzle-dazzle. We discussed and debated, edited and argued (we’re sisters after all) and managed to come up with a small list that even the most fashion-challenged can do. But here’s the fun part: Add one piece, or many. (And pile ’em all on.) You control the volume of your glam. #turndownforwhat
1. Faux Fur SOMETHING
Nothing screams I AM GLAMOROUS IN A ROCK STAR KIND OF WAY like faux-fur. I wear my faux-fur scarf with everything, and my faux-fur jacket has saved many a winter-date-night outfit.
Featured: Anthropologie Faux-Fur Scarf, $58
2. Glitter Accessories
Scotti and I both have glitter clutches, and while they’re perfect for adding a bit of sparkle to holiday outfits, we find that we wear ours all year long. Mine dresses up tshirts and boyfriend jeans, or makes a little black dress more interesting. My newest obsession? GLITTER SHOES. Shockingly versatile.
Featured: Nina Glitter Clutch, $48
3. Sexy Tights
I love using lacey tights to sex-up a longer skirt (you can see a recent example here). They can also be used to make your little black dress more interesting, or offset a plain skirt/sweater situation. And I’m always asked about nylons. So here’s a list of the legwear I’d turn to this holiday season:
- Lacy, fishnet, sheer striped black
- Nude fishnet
- Sheer black
- Thick, opaque black (not a sexy tight, but so practical)
- Knit, sweater tights (not a sexy tight, but so practical)
Featured: Forever 21 Sheer Chevron Tights, $8
4. Fancy Pants
I’ve talked about fancy pants recently (under a cocktail dress), and for the jean-loving set, these things are holiday gold. I’d go beyond the usual pair of brightly colored jeans, though. Look for something that makes your heart beat fast. BE PICKY. If you find a pair of fancy pants in a pattern or texture that makes you swoon (like really, seriously I want you falling over or at the very least clutching your pearls) those are your pants. Considering that the biggest trend is wear what you love (and has been for years), swoon-worthy, pearl-clutching, fancy pants will last long beyond the season.
My pearl-clutching pants are plaid. Scotti’s are sequin. (And that’s us in a nutshell.)
5. Statement Jackets
If you really want a holiday outfit for the lazy, just wear your jeans, boots, sweater…and add a statement jacket. Faux-fur is so glam, leather is just cool, but even an interesting blazer (I like tweed, Scotti likes sequin) can work. Just like the fancy pants, BE PICKY. And faux-fur jackets can be shockingly affordable. (I haven’t been happy with faux-fur jackets under $50 because they all seem to shed like crazy – Forever 21 I’m looking at you – but ones in the $50 – $150 price range are awesome. And when they go on sale? GO NUTS.)
My faux-fur jacket is one of my most-used winter pieces. (Well, that and all my turtlenecks.)
6. Glam Skirt
These are exactly like fancy pants, but perfect for when you want to be a little more dressed up. Glam skirts come in all lengths and textures, so like fancy pants, find one you love. Then wear with everything. (Mine is almost always worn with the thickest, warmest, fleece-lined black tights.)
Featured: ASTR Foiled Wrap Mini (40% off!)
Scotti and I will be spending the next couple of weeks on holiday style, working pieces like these into our existing wardrobes, so stay tuned. For a little sneak-peek, here are a few combos we love:
Let’s Go Shopping
Ready for some shopping? We’ve rounded up all of our favorite glitter accessories, faux fur, statement jackets, sexy tights, glam skirts and fancy pants.
NOTE: There are SO many sales going on that MOST of these pieces are on sale. However, you can’t always trust the price you see on mouse-over, you’ll have to click through to see the sale price. (I tried to include info about the sales in the comments below, but got overwhelmed by some of the complicated, “spend $250 get blahblahblah off” sales. SHOPBOP I’m looking at you.)
Happy Holidays!!! SO thrilled we’re finally (already??) here.
ps. Be sure to check out The Mom Edit’s Holiday Central. We have gift guides, gift picks for the whole family, the best sale announcements, and all of our holiday style articles in one place. (And we’re updating it several times a day.)