“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” I mean, how much fun is it dressing for the holidays? Whether I’m layered and casual or my sparkle rivals the Christmas tree, there’s an unspoken fashion code that makes Santa leggings as appropriate as sparkles. And, well, I’m all for both. But, let’s be honest, you throw a few more humans in the mix (especially the pint-sized ones) and things can get a little dicey. My little ones are as cute as they come, but dang, they have serious style needs and objections. I’m like, seriously, you were just watching TV in a dinosaur robe and football slippers, so you can turn up your nose at wearing jeans for a few hours? Ugh…when will my son ever get over his fear of “crunchy pants”? And, don’t even get me started on my husband, who refuses to wear blazer or shawl collar sweater. Yeah, it’s a bit hipster Mr. Rogers, but trust me, just this once, right?! Anyway, lemme dig out of this rabbit hole and share my least painful, and somewhat enjoyable, approach to stying the family for holiday parties.
How To Style The Family For Holiday Parties
Pick a Color Palette (But, Don’t Match)
Go For It (AKA live your best sparkly, plaid, over-the-top life)
Now that you have a color palette, live your best sparkly, plaid, over-the-top life, sis! During the holidays, you can get away with wearing all the things, sometimes all at once (hello sequin and faux fur). So, go for it! It doesn’t have to be your entire outfit; even one statement piece that you wouldn’t normally go for will get tons of mileage at your holiday parties. That’s generally how I find inspiration to wear outside of the holidays, too. I shared a sequin clutch in my gift guide I thought I’d only wear during the holidays, but it’s become a date night staple! Same for the family, too! I get so into buying staples for my children, so a Star Wars sweater generally wouldn’t be on my list of seasonal clothing purchases. Now that he has it, he’s obsessed, and it will be on repeat.
Pull It Together With Texture and Patterns
Faux-fur, sweaters, sequins, and Star Wars may sound like the worst joke setup, but dang, it just works! Adding interest with textures and patterns is a fun way to let everyone’s personalities shine. Then, there’s the bonus that no two pics look the same. Each photo you have will be a mashup of sequins with solids, Star Wars with faux-fur…the possibilities are endless, and each more beautiful and festive than the last. That’s why coordinating, not matching, is so fun. My wish for your family party ensemble and pics is simple: May The Force of texture and patterns be with you.
Faux-Fur Collar (Similar): Throw this on over a jacket or top for a little added gorgeousness. My look was missing something until I added it. Then, viola — instant holiday flair!
Cardigan: Yep, this is just a regular ol’ cardigan. I’ve never worn a cardigan as a top, but I love how it turned out. I put a tiny safety pin to keep the top secured since I’ll be corralling the kiddos. I could definitely see wearing a cute bralette underneath for a date night look. I’m wearing size M, TTS.
Wide-leg Sequin Pants: I knew I would incorporate sequins, but wasn’t sure how. These pants were a last-ditch effort of a purchase, and I love how they turned out. The actual knit pant is comfortable. The reviewer indicates, they’re long, but I wore them high on my waist and with modest three-inch heels, which was perfect. I sized down to M. If you’re concerned about sizing with the brand, but like the look, I found a similar pair in navy at Nordstrom.
Barely There Heels: Yep, they’re the same heels I’ve been wearing since the summer. I paired them with fishnet socks because my toes were beyond hideous. If I had my life together, I’d roll without them, but these sock booties looked good, too.
Mixed Pearl Necklace: I love all the colors in this necklace. I wore it for my holiday pics last year, and it’s held up so well!
I hope this helps take some stress out of outfit planning for your next holiday party. These concepts can be used to style your family for anything, but the holidays are probably the most fun. I’d love to see what you come up with; follow/tag me on Instagram and follow along on Liketoknow.it to instantly shop this look (AND, sneak peeks of other posts)! Cheers to a stylish holiday season!
Photos by Sweet Leaf Photography