Fashion Friday: The Holiday Party

Weavermom emailed me last week with this desperate plea:

My hubby has a company holiday party and doesn’t want me to buy anything new. Which pretty much rules out buying something that can’t be worn again, and as a mostly SAHM my lifestyle demands for nice dresses is pretty much nil. But, I could probably get away with buying a new shirt or skirt, or something that I could also wear to church. I do have a couple of outfits that would work, but like you I gravitate toward black and gray and I would like to have a little bit of color. I think. I always say that, but when I go shopping I come home with more black.

Anyway, any great links to holiday clothing ideas?

I feel your pain. I never want to go spending all outdoors on an outfit just to show up to greet my husband’s coworkers. I also understand the proclivity towards buying black.  It just feels . . . safe.

Perhaps part of the problem is that the other big Christmassy color is red, and while red is gorgeous, it is not, you know, safe.

Green is a nice way to look festive without going all out with red, but I’d suggest trying an unexpected color like purple or magenta or even winter white.  In fact, I love winter white for Christmas.  Just stick with the Chardonnay, m’kay?

If you’re trying to stay on a budget, I’d suggest wearing a pair of dress pants or a pencil skirt that you already have and pairing it with a festive sweater or blouse — something that you could also wear to church on Christmas Eve or out to lunch with the girls, so you can get your money’s worth out of it.

If you don’t mind sleeveless, this Ruffle Top is gorgeous. I love how they pair it with gray.  Be sure to add some bling to make it festive.

Or this Knot Front Top isn’t quite as bare.  It would look great under a velvet blazer with  jeans, or with dress pants or a pencil skirt.  I like it in oyster.

For color, something like this red ruffle trim cardigan could be really cute.  They pair it with jeans, but I think it would look just as great with gray or black dress pants.

HINT: When wearing a red top, gray on the bottom is a more modern look than black.  Or a gray or black tweed is nice for a change.

A sweater dress could even work.  I love this one in plum.  It’s affordable and you’d get a ton of wear out of it.

Another idea is to wear something you have and use color in your accessories. Accessorizing is an inexpensive way to update your look.  I’m a huge fan of red shoes with a black or gray outfit. Or you could get a pashmina in your favorite color.

Or even some costume jewelry with color in it will jazz up a black or gray outfit.

This gray cable knit sweater from White House Black Market is really pretty.  See how the red accessories brighten it up?

I know some of these aren’t super dressy, but they are really versatile if you’re looking for something you can get a lot of wear out of.  And you can always dress them up with accessories.  Big statement jewelry is all the rage right now, so go big or go home. 🙂

Or. If you have a basic cardigan, just pick up an embellished tank to wear under it with pants or a skirt you already have.

I hope that helps! Maybe some of my stylish readers will have a suggestion for you in the comments!