What to Wear for the Holidays?


Bring out your inner holiday glitzy girl with a couple of small additions to make your ensemble wearable for any occasion.

Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle is what every serious fashionista aims to include as part of her holiday look. For those that haven’t worn shimmer or sparkle since grade school, why not give it a whirl this year? There is never a shortage of sparkly things during the lead up to the holidays, but this year the sparkle quotient seems to be at an all time high. We are seeing it in ways we haven’t seen in the past. Sequin pants and skirts dressed up with a silk blouse or dressed down with a denim shirt, jeans adorned with crystal appliqués paired with a jewel adorned collared shirt and anchored with a cashmere crew neck sweater, glittery shoes or add-on shoelery, shiny blazers, shells, tops, tanks and tees are all great sparkly options to try out for the holidays. Wear a head-to-toe blazer and pant or culotte suit to really up the holiday fashion ante. But remember that adorning your body in sparkle makes a strong statement. It says “I’m anything but a Christmas wallflower,” so prepare to notice and get noticed if sparkle is your holiday M.O.

holiday outfit sequin skirt


holiday dressing sequin shell

holiday dressing sequin pants

Texture is another way to add a touch of plush to your holiday look. Try velvet pants, leggings or blazer in rich hues like merlot or forest, but black, steel grey or this season’s take on a warmer navy are equally great options. Texture in the form of faux fur add instaglam to any holiday look. Try a faux fur stole, scarf or chubby in traditional colours like brown, beige, black, grey or mink, but it’s equally gorgeous in rose quartz or serenity. Shearling or sherpa vests add a nice touch for a casual at-home gathering. I love it when it’s done T2T in neutral creams. Last but never least a cashmere sweater is a surefire win, not to mention an investment that is timeless, worry-free and worth every penny. And if you lucked out and beat the other women at the Lord & Taylor cashmere event, you probably got yours for a near steal.

holiday dressing velvet suit

holiday dressing faux fur scarf

Metallics in gold, silver, rose gold or copper are party perfection at this time of the year. Throw on a pair of metallic shoes and people will be asking “where’s the party at?”

holiday dressing metallics

Bow details say wrap me up and deliver me to a Christmas party, ASAP. Add a bow around the collar of your silk blouse to look soft and pretty. How lovely would it be to tie a ribbon into a bow, pin it to your cashmere crew neck sweater and add in a few layers of different length strands of pearls? Bows always look sweet, but take a sexy turn when used as a back enclosure on a sweater when baby got a little back showing. Tie it into a giant bow and let the strings hang down to your waist to really gift yourself. For a sweet schoolgirl look, tie a ribbon into a bow and wrap it around a low ponytail. And last but not least, if the androgynous look is up your alley, grab your man’s bow tie (or pick one up at a men’s shop) and add it to a crisp Oxford or chambray shirt. Blazers, vests or shells add a cool girl vibe to complete the style.

holiday dressing bow blouse

holiday dressing bow sweater

holiday dressing plaid pants and bow tie

Tuxedo dressing is always a winning look for the holidays and not a huge leap for the woman who loves her suits, but needs to up her game for the night. Grab a tuxedo style blazer, crisp white shirt in extra long as this year’s preferred version, and pair it with skinny or slight bootcut trousers. Ba baam!

holiday dressing tuxedo

I live for rich plaids and especially love when they come out this time of year. J.Crew has a gorgeous pair of navy and forest green ankle length trousers (as seen above) in regular and also has a sequin version that is soooo cool and worth the price tag. Try a plaid pencil skirt in red and navy, and pair it with a crew neck cashmere sweater or chambray shirt. Other plaid options are to pick yourself up a cozy, oversized blanket scarf and drape it over a crisp white shirt, long, loose cardigan or get a bit more warmth out of your fall jacket by topping it with it. Leave it long, wrap it unity style, throw one side over your shoulder or belt it around the waist. Girl’s choice.

plaid skirt

holiday dressing plaid

Festive sweaters have become the holy grail of holiday dressing for the last few years. Tacky sweater parties have made their way into the mainstream and people are once again embracing the worst of the worst and loving it as festive fashion fair. My current favourite is the Elfie Selfie sweater from H&M (below), but I equally love reindeer, wreaths, trees and sparkly ribbons embossed onto a t-shirt. Fair isle offers festive motifs with little worry that you are dabbling into the tasteless. The ultimate best is the evolution of the tacky Christmas sweater that has transitioned itself into the ugly Christmas suit for men, complete with necktie. But don’t delay because these things are flying off the online shelf.

holiday dressing elfie selfie

holiday dressing suit

Happy holiday dressing to all, and to all a goodnight!

Carolyn Bissett



  1. What can you tell me about the lovely gold sequin gown featured with the ysl clutch? Is it ysl? It is calling to me… Loved this post!!

    • I think the eggnog (or the rum) may have got in the way of my memory. Unfortunately, I can no longer remember where it is from. Sorry, will try and do better next time and list the finds.

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