I’ve talked a lot about how I change my workweek style around this time of year to reflect the Christmas spirit and festive season. And I thought it was time I share with you my outfit planning secrets! The four main things I keep in mind when selecting an outfit during the holiday season are Pattern Play, Pile on the Layers, Elevated Accessories, and Sparkle and Shine. See below for some Instagram inspiration and more details on how to wear your holiday style to work!
1. Pattern Play – I am obsessed with this candy cane heart print from Reese Witherspoon’s new line, Draper James (top left). Balance fun prints to make them office appropriate with lady like accessories such as a sophisticated pea coat and structured bag. Plaid is another go-to print for me this time of year!
2. Pile on the Layers – Mix textures and patterns like Damsel in Dior (top right) did with these great pieces from Old Navy. Layers create a look that feels cozy and warm – and what’s more Christmas-y than that? Also try layering monochromatic pieces – like a blouse, fur vest and cashmere scarf – for an updated layering look!
3. Elevated Accessories – Just adding a few additional accessories to an outfit can take it from everyday drab to holiday fab! When in doubt, a bright red scarf or silver accessories like the strappy heels and statement earrings from Banana Republic as worn with a chunky blue sweater and mini skirt (bottom right) are perfect outfit trimmings for the Christmas season.
4. Sparkle and Shine – Sequins aren’t just for New Years Eve. Though I do suggest saving your sequin mini dress for NYE, a little bit of sparkle in your work wardrobe is a definite Do! This striped button up with a sequin collar from J. Crew (bottom left) is the perfect amount of sparkle for the office.I also have a few sequin skirts I like to wear to work and usually pair with simple black turtlenecks or chunky knit sweaters to balance out the glitz.