Holiday Fashion Guide

Want to look fab but worried about splurging on a look you’ll wear just once? Here’s how to take your style from holiday to every day.

by Diane Oliva, style editor

Everyone loves dressing up for the holidays! But sometimes, it’s hard to justify buying an outfit that we’ll only wear once. The perfect solution: Buy one fabulous piece that can easily be worn well past the final verse of “Auld Lang Syne.” Look for timeless pieces in rich fabrics and colors with interesting textures. Read on for three key holiday pieces that can be worn as three separate looks. Even the outfits’ supporting pieces can transition to completely new looks. Versality in fashion is what true style is all about.  Don’t be afraid to mix and match. Have fun!

Piece 1: Burgundy velvet blazer by Veronica Beard

Holidays – Pair the blazer with a silver sequin top, silk charmeuse skirt, tan strappy sandals and silver and rhinestone dangle earrings. Post-holiday, wear the skirt with a black turtleneck and boots, lots of bangle bracelets and big hoops for date night or girls’ night out. (Top by Lila P, skirt by Milly, shoes by Marc Fisher)

Bruch With The Girls – Pair the blazer with a graphic tee, distressed jeans, funky cheetah sneakers, textured silver triple hoops and a long silver necklace.  Post-holiday, wear the jeans with…well, pretty much anything! (Top by Retro Brand, jeans by Mother, sneakers by Dolce Vita.)

Work – Pair the blazer with a floral silk blouse, gray slim pant, black patent clutch, and chunky silver hoops. Post-holiday, wear the floral blouse with a long flowy skirt and the strappy sandals from the holiday look. See what we are doing? Lots of these pieces mix and match! (Top by Misa, pants by Vince, clutch by Sondra Roberts.)

Piece 2: Black and white tweed skirt by Love Shack Factory

Holidays: Pair the skirt with a black cashmere turtleneck, bright fuchsia suede boots, large fuchsia crystal earrings, wide gold and crystal bangle, and CZ butterfly ring. Post-holiday, wear the black turtleneck with jeans and booties, a simple black pencil skirt with chain belt or wide leg pants and stiletto pumps. The options are endless. (Top by Vince, boots by Schutz.)

High Street: For a cool, high fashion look, pair the skirt with a plush teddy bear pastel blue coat, black high boots, gold and pearl earrings, and black gloves with pearl accents. Post-holiday, wear the coat with black leather wide leg pants or gray distressed jeans, ankle lug boots, and a wide brimmed hat. Yes, I definitely see a hat. (Jacket by Generation Love, boots by Marc Fisher.)

Date Night: Pair the skirt with a black leather moto jacket, sexy satin camisole, high heeled camel suede boots, black structured handbag, and a long pendant necklace. Post-holiday, wear the jacket over a maxi dress with boots. And of course, that jacket is a natural with jeans. (Jacket by Ecru, top by Rails, boots by Veronica Beard, handbag by Sondra Roberts.)

Piece 3: Barbie pink, cashmere wrap sweater

Holidays: Pair the sweater with metallic, tapestry-inspired pants, strappy hot pink sandals, a glitzy gold bag, and big chunky CZ dangle earrings. Post-holiday, wear the strappy bright sandals with a sheath dress, ankle straight distressed jeans, or black satin joggers. (Pants by Trina Turk, shoes by Veronica Beard, bag by Sondra Roberts, dress by Lily.)

Lunch and Shopping: Pair the sweater with a cozy neutral shacket, black, slim, leather pants, black ankle lug boots, and dangle silver hoop earrings.  Post-holiday, wear the shacket with wide-leg olive pants, a black leather skirt with booties or a colorful sweater, jeans and cute hiking boots. (Shacket by Rails, pants by Paige, boots by Marc Fisher, earrings by Clover Post.)

Business Casual: Pair the sweater with a tailored, sleek, black scuba blazer, gray raw edge jeans, leopard, pointed-toe pumps, a chunky gold heard necklace, and gold bangles. Post-holiday, pair the blazer with slim black ankle pants and silk blouse, or jeans and a sexy bustier – or cargo pants and a white t-shirt. (Blazer by Veronica Beard, jeans by Paige, shoes by Marc Fisher, necklace by Hart.)

Clothing provided by Posh Collections, Malvern.

Need date night ideas? Read about the Hotel Du Pont, Manayunk and Peddler’s Village.

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