Even though I let them slip several times throughout this video, the words “festive” and “fun” when applied to clothing are really starting to make me cringe. They are almost code words for frumpy. Except when I use them. Seriously, though. If a sweater or a dress or a pair of earrings is described as either festive or fun, run. Just leave it right there in the store where you found it and go put on something black and sensible. Just to atone for considering the festive item. It’s that bad. In a nutshell, let’s remember this brand-new mantra I just made up:
This is not true of parades and parties and decor, of course. Just fashion.
In today’s video, I’m going to show you items that are commonly referred to as festive, and their less frumpy-and-frightening alternatives. I’m also going to give you 4 outfit formulas to get you through all of your holiday events, plus I will share some of my favorite holiday style finds from Dillards!
Frumpy vs Fashionable Holiday Style (Or How Not To Wear Tinsel)
Unless you’re going to an ugly Christmas sweater party or some other event where a costume is required and an over-the-top outfit is part of the fun, there’s never a reason to wear tinsel or jingle bells on your clothing. Not one.
As always, everything in this post can be found in this catalog.
The Christmas Sweater
This now-notorious seasonal staple can be festive-frumpy and only befitting an ugly sweater party, or it can be chic and modern.
The Christmas Tee
Like the sweater, but not. Same pitfalls and potential style points apply.
The Christmas Dress
Go modern or go classic, but just don’t go for a dated look.
The Party Top
Sometimes, you just need something sparkly to top off those basic work pants for after-office cocktails. As always, there’s a fashionable way to do this, and a frumpy way.
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do Christmas-themed accessories.
Holiday Outfit Formulas
If you really want to look your best this holiday season, it can help to take a look at your calendar and plan your outfits accordingly. Here, 4 outfit formulas to get you through most occasions in style.
This dressy-casual look is perfect for hanging out with friends, seeing the Christmas lights, or a casual get together at someone’s house.
Outfit Formula: Christmas Tee + Colored Blazer + Neutral Pants + Glam Accessories
This outfit is perfect for a cocktail party or other special occasion.
Outfit Formula: Velvet dress + sparkly accessories
Perfect for baking cookies, hanging out by the fire, or driving around to see the lights.
Outfit Formula: Cozy sweater + jeans + statement shoes
Holiday dress + velvet shoes + simple accessories
Chic Holiday Looks From Dillards
I found WAY more to choose from at Dillard’s for the holiday season than I even expected, with stylish items for every event on your calendar. Here are 6 of my favorite looks, and the places I would wear them. You can find all of the items mentioned in this post right here in this catalog.