You are one chic, luxurious-looking velvet bodysuit away from handling your holiday style. Party season style essentials like a black velvet bodysuit (particularly this one though because it’s high quality), can be paired with virtually anything. A slim black jean, sequined skirts, party pants (you know what I’m talking about), really anything that goes on the bottom half of you can be paired with this genius piece. While I’m at it, a pair of matching velvet leggings wouldn’t go amiss this holiday season, either—and they have the added benefit of being a versatile style piece all winter long, too. Also the term “stretch velvet” just sounds like something I want to be a part of.
Name for me, if you will, one holiday party where a sparkle top would be unwelcome. You can’t. No one can. A top that is (elegantly) bedazzled will be your best friend during the holidays. It can actually be worn forwards or backwards, so yes that means you just bought two tops. The black bouclé itself sparkles, then on top of that (because it wasn’t quite festive enough) it’s also been absolutely covered in silver sequins. Wearing it v-neck forward with a pair of black jeans is perfect for a more casual gathering like a holiday dinner with friends, and to me it feels a bit more formal when worn the other way around (high neck), with trousers or even a simple skirt.
Thou shalt not head home for the holidays without a Fair Isle sweater. It’s in the contract. They are so seasonal, so cozy, hot chocolate actually materializes in their presence. However, they’re not just for cozy daytime moments by the fire—you might recall my post from last year wherein I paired one with a metallic pant and was super happy with that decision. If headed to a cocktail party, I’d dress this one up with, dare I say, this perfect sequined skirt? Of course, Fair Isle sweaters are just as genius with jeans, too. And also warm, so… bonus.
I’m a sucker for things shaped like bows, and I’m not going to apologize. There is no faster “cocktail outfit, but make it holiday” move than adding a festive, sparkly bow belt to essentially any basic dress you own. This particular bow belt is black grosgrain covered in crystals which is a lot of things I love in one item. You will not regret having this around for effortlessly pulling a party look together in minutes.
The red lip is the ultimate holiday party hack and really shines this time of year when red is a thematic color anyway. It’s simple, quick, and packs a seriously festive punch. I opt for NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman because I intend to have multiple cocktails and I’m not a fan of constantly re-applying things all evening. I’ve shared my love for this product countless times before, but in case you’re just tuning in, know that this one has serious staying power without drying you out.
The pleated metallic statement skirt is probably the most timeless holiday style item imaginable. It does so much sartorial heavy lifting for you. Top with a sweater, belt a blazer over it, whatever you do, you’ll look ready to (holiday) party, no matter what. A high-wattage skirt is a smart piece to keep in your closet at all times, but I especially love one in a champagne shade so that you don’t have to completely commit to a gold or silver aesthetic.
If you’ve noticed, a running theme here is that holiday style isn’t hard. There are so many effortless ways to bring a party look together, it’s just about having the right tools in your toolbox. (Obviously your closet is your toolbox.) A beautifully sparkly statement earring ensures that there’s plenty of holiday cheer happening on either side of your face. I recently purchased this particular pair and can’t tell you how breathtaking these perfectly cascading crystals are in person.