Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a good weekend. We went out on Saturday morning to shoot this holiday look before the snow started. While we were taking pictures, it started coming down — big, fluffy flakes. So pretty!!!
Most of my holiday events are behind me at this point, but I’m thinking ahead to what I’ll wear when I’m with my family in Virginia over Christmas. We’ll go to church on Sunday, which happens to be Christmas Eve this year, and we’re going out for dinner at a nice hotel on Christmas Day. I’ll need a few dressy outfits that aren’t cocktail attire but definitely not jeans either. I expect many of you have similar events to attend this holiday season.
I tend to stay away from red this time of year because it’s so expected. It seems like everybody wears red for Christmas events, and I like to be a little bit different, but I fell in love with this pearlized button slit cuff sweater and couldn’t resist its call.
Unfortunately we didn’t think to get a shot of the back, but the back of this sweater has a modest v-neck as well, and I absolutely love the pearlized buttons and the split cuff. It’s such a fun detail, but it doesn’t get in the way when you’re eating and moving about, and the sleeves are long and cut close to the body so you don’t get a draft. I’m pretty cold-natured, and while it’s certainly not a cozy sweater, it doesn’t leave any areas bare either.
It’s a nice quality fine gauge knit with a subtle ribbed texture, and it’s a great length for most women. Best of all, it’s 40% off, which brings it under $40. For size reference, I’m wearing the small.
SALE ALERT >> 40% off at Ann Taylor with code VERYMERRY (exclusions apply) + extra 60% off sale styles (with the final discount automatically taken at checkout.)
I love these pants. They’re such a nice quality fabric — thick, with a good weight to them. They don’t cling, but they fit snug to the thigh area and then flare at the bottom for a modest bootcut leg that is universally flattering. They come in regular, petite, and tall lengths.
I picked up this black suede choker with hoop drop at White House Black Market a few months ago. I really like the way it fills a v-neckline, and it gives the outfit a bit of an edge. For church, I might opt for a more subtle pendant necklace instead.
I’m wearing a bold red lip, which is something I rarely do, but I felt like this sweater demanded it. I lined my lips with GloMinerals Lip Liner in Aster Red and then I applied GloMinerals Suede Matt Crayon in Bombshell.
I’m telling you, this stuff is made to last. After our pictures were over, I tried to wipe it off, and it wouldn’t budge. Then I applied a pink gloss on top to tone down the color, and the red came through and made it all quite bright. If you want a red lipstick that stays on all day, I recommend this one!
I carried a patent leather envelope clutch, which is old and no longer available. I love the R Minkoff Leo Envelope Clutch as another option. I have it in gold, and I would have carried it except my necklace and the buttons on the sweater are silver. Yes, I probably overthink these things. Ha! I think the black patent works well, though, and it makes a nice contrast against my camel coat.
Speaking of this coat, I’ve shared it before, but I thought it would be helpful to show what I might wear on top of this outfit. I love this camel coat to dress up a casual denim outfit, and it also works great over more conservative dressy outfits like this one. The red scarf adds the perfect finishing touch, and also keeps my neck warm since the sweater and the coat both have open necklines.
Hopefully this look inspires you as you’re planning your outfits for upcoming holiday events. I realize there’s nothing particularly ground breaking about a red sweater and black pants this time of year, but I really love the details on this sweater and how the leopard pumps pop the outfit. The choker necklace gives the look a bit of an edge, and the camel coat and red scarf top off the outfit beautifully.
Ann Taylor Pearlized Button Slit Cuff Sweater 40% off // WHBM Ponte Slim Bootcut Pants 40% off // Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps in Nude Leopard // Lauren Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Reefer Coat 20% off (also at Zappos) // WHBM Choker with Hoop Drop 40% off // Nordstrom Solid Woven Cashmere Scarf 40% off // similar clutch // Nails: CND Midnight Swim
Today is also “Green Monday,” which is supposedly one of the biggest days for online shopping. I guess it’s about the time everyone realizes they have limited time left finish up holiday shopping or something like that. Anyway, many retailers are running really good one-day only sales to entice you to shop, so I’ve got a Green Monday Sale Roundup for you.
Green Monday Sale Roundup
Ann Taylor // 40% off with code VERYMERRY (exclusions apply) + extra 60% off sale styles (with the final discount automatically taken at checkout.)
Banana Republic // 35% off your purchase with code BRGREEN. Exclusions apply.
Bloomingdale’s // Save 25-45% on select items PLUS take an extra 20-40% off sale and clearance items when you sign up for email or shop in store during Bloomie’s Deal Reveal. (If you’re already signed up for emails, check your inbox for your Deal Reveal promo code.)
DL1961 // 25% off select styles with code LETSBEFRIENDS.
J.Crew // for email subscribers only: 40% off full price styles + an extra 10% off + free shipping! Get your unique discount code in your email.
Madewell // 20% off when you spend $100+ OR 30% off when you spend $200+. Use code OHWHATFUN.
Old Navy // Up to 60% off throughout the store PLUS extra 10% off with code STYLE.
Splendid // FLASH SALE: 25% Off Sitewide. 1 Day Only. Use code GIFTON.
White House Black Market // 40% off your purchase (excluding final sale and select styles.)
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the winter outfit she’s styling today.
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