This time of year is wonderful of course, but our pocketbooks take a hard and direct hit. The next two fashion posts are all about working around a small budget, without sacrificing fun holiday fashion. Holiday parties can be particularly challenging because there are so many different ones- casual, work, fancy, kid, somewhere in between but who can afford a whole new outfit for each party? And, no, sorry- that strapless sequin dress is not going to cut it at the preschool holiday party.
So today we’re focusing on buying one special holiday piece and styling it three ways for three very different parties you might find yourself attending this holiday season. Emily picked these metallic jacquard capris
from Forever 21 (only $24.80) for all three parties because they can be styled in so many different ways and feel fresh and festive again and again.
A FAMILY PARTY:
Pairing the metallic capris with a fun animal sweater is perfect for a cozy family Christmas party. Although the capris are pretty formal on their own by adding a cotton blouse underneath and oxford flats, this look will feel right at home.
(Sweaters F21, Blouse Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 pants, and Me Too Oxfords)
Photography by Ashley Thalman, chalk drawings by Melanie Burk (check out her amazing new shop, Caravan with more beautiful chalk drawings), styling by Emily Frame (who also helped me write the post), photography assistant Meagan Cohoon, models Katrina Ricks, Preston Kutney, Ynna Padilla, Quinn Peterson (whose mens tie collection is now sold on Need Supply. One of my very favorite shops), and little Creed.
Two more parties…
AN OFFICE PARTY:
A lot of times office parties are during the work day or right after, which might make an outfit change challenging. Wear the black blouse and metallic pants with flats during the work day, and then throw on a structured blazer, add a silky loose tie, and trade your flats for platforms and you’re good to go!
(Blouse Nordstrom, Silk tie is a belt from another blouse, H&M blazer)
A COCKTAIL PARTY:
Just because you have a holiday cocktail party to attend it doesn’t mean you must wear a Beyonce sequin cocktail dress. Play up the glamour with a swipe of red lipstick, and a sequin top and clutch with the metallic capris. With all those sparkles adding earth tones and textures will balance it all out. The fur vest and wood-detailed platforms do the trick.
(Top Piperlime, Gap fur vest, go jane heels, target earrings, H&M clutch)
A few more fun detail images: