Okay, so I had no idea what to call this outfit, but I think Classy with a Side of Edgy sums it up rather nicely!
Welcome back to 25 Days of Winter Fashion! I’ve had these burgundy suede lace-up d’orsay pumps for a while, and I’ve been meaning to style them for the blog, but I kept getting sidetracked. I’ve worn them a few times, and they are super fun because the color is gorgeous and the styling is a little bit different.
I love a lace-up pump for several reasons. It’s fun, for one thing, but it also helps the shoes stay on your feet. Bonus!!! If you have a hard time walking in heels, lace-up pumps are a great solution. (These also come in grey and black.)
I wore them to church a few weeks ago with bootcut jeans and a classic grey cowl neck sweater, and they worked great, but for this post I wanted to dress them up for a holiday outfit. I love this outfit because it would work for so many occasions around the holidays — a casual office holiday party, a festive Christmas gift exchange with good friends, dinner with your honey, or even a holiday lunch with the girls.
The black coated denim is chic and edgy, but the classic sweater keeps it from being overtly sexy. I finished off the festive outfit with blingy earrings and a red lip.
I ordered these black coated denim pants when DL1961 was running a 50% off sale over Thanksgiving weekend, and they are the perfect way to turn an outfit up a notch without going all the way to leather pants. These are the Emma style that I love so much. They have a great snug fit, and because they’re denim and not faux leather, they’re breathable and move with you.
I was planning to style this outfit with this metallic cold shoulder sweater (and it would be smashing with that!!) but then I ended up purchasing this charcoal grey keyhole sweater this week, and I decided to go this route instead. It’s slightly less dressy than the metallic cold shoulder sweater, and it’s more fitted, which makes it more flattering, but either would be fantastic, and I hope to have an occasion to wear both this season.
So about this keyhole sweater, it’s a small. I actually tried it on in the medium on Sunday night at the Nordstrom holiday shopping party, and it seemed too big. It did something funky under the arms, and both the friend I was shopping with and the sales associate helping us agreed it was a little too big.
I usually wear small in Vince Camuto tops, so I went home and ordered this. I thought it fit great, but in looking through these pictures, it seems a tad snug, and I wish it were just a bit longer. All that to say, I’m second guessing this top. What do you think??
I really want to like it. On the one hand, I am so so so happy to see sweaters getting shorter and more body conscious because this oversized trend has GOT to go. It’s just not that flattering on most of us. That said, wearing fitted tops definitely creates some other issues — nothing that a little shapewear can’t usually take care of, but still, it’s more important to get the right size and fit. With oversized sweaters, you have a little more leeway in that regard.
By the way, this sweater comes in a bunch of other gorgeous, rich colors. I only saw this grey at the store, and when I went to order it online, I didn’t really consider the other colors, but now I’m thinking I should have because some are stunning. Also, it is on sale for 40% off, bringing it down to $52. It’s a really nice sweater that would last for years, and it has a lot of pretty details.
Okay, let’s wrap this up! I wanted to dress it up for a holiday party, so I added blingy statement earrings and a glittery beaded wrap bracelet, but if you want to tone it down, you could wear more subtle jewelry and trade out the coated denim for black pants or jeans. I think this outfit would be amazing with those LOFT scuba skinny pants (currently 40% off!)
On my lips, I’m wearing my new favorite lipstick. When I walked into the salon where I get my nails done last week, all the girls behind the front desk were wearing bold red lipstick, and they all looked so gorgeous and festive. I immediately asked them to hook me up (I am every marketer’s dream come true, ha!) and they sold me this red lip plumper by GrandeLIPS. I have never heard of this brand, but it has great pigment, and it is so moist and shiny. I love it so much that I included it in my Best Beauty Gifts for the Holidays post that went up last night. (Be sure to check that out!!!)
I’m also wearing a red lip liner because I’m old and my lipstick tends to bleed on me these days — especially darker colors, but I always wear lip liner even with light colors because it gives definition to my thin lips.
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