“What else can I wear this year?” was the first question that popped into my mind when I got the invitation to my first Christmas party in three years. With the options unmistakably coming down to sequins and velvet, I reflected on some new and refreshing styling ideas for any holiday party this festive season.
Velvet is the first fabric choice that comes to mind when I envision a holiday outfit. It’s obvious, but it can be a dangerous styling route if not done right. Try to avoid the obvious festive colours like flashing green or red. Alternatively, opt for a 70’s inspired velvet pantsuit in rich earthy or jewel tones like mocha or a dark midnight blue. How luxurious can that be?
If you opt for colour, embrace rich and sumptuous monochromatic looks. I love the juxtaposition of textures and fabrics in a solid-coloured look – pleated satin skirts paired with luxurious knitwear – a perfect combination for a casual Christmas gathering.
Sequins are a regular sartorial option for the holiday season. When choosing this bold element, make sure you opt for quality over quantity. A sequin piece should be heavy enough to “fall” fluidly, embracing your silhouette flatteringly.
If you are looking for an alternative option, think of different fabric options and elements – leather, sheer tops, and feathers are all fun ways to reinvent a holiday party look.
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