Holiday Sparkle // Two Festive Party Outfits

Greetings, friends! I’m headed out to the airport shortly for a conference in Nashville. I’m excited to see so many friends there, including Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40, and today we’re teaming up for a holiday style collab!

I’ve known Deb for years, and I’m a huge fan of her classy style and smart fashion advice. Today we’re both styling a holiday party look, and the theme is sparkle!

The easiest way to give an outfit a festive holiday flair is to find an item with some shimmer to it.

I was first drawn to this chiffon sleeve blouse for its full-length sleeves and keyhole neckline, but I also love how it has a hint of sparkle throughout the bodice — nothing crazy, just a little dressier than something I’d wear to work or church.

I also like how you’re basically covered up, for those of us who tend to be cold or don’t necessarily like to bare our arms, but the chiffon sleeves allow some skin to show through.

The back also has a keyhole closure, and there are 3 or 4 buttons at the back of the neck. For size reference, I have this top in a small.

I kept the look simple and paired this top with black ankle skinny pants.

You could wear a color, or coated denim, or velvet… there are lots of options, but these 1901 ankle pants are the type of pants most of us already have in our closet, and they keep the look conservative enough for a work or church event.

If you don’t have a pair of classic black ankle skinny pants, I highly recommend these. They’re TTS, or size up if in between; I have the 8.

And I just went with a pair of black suede pumps I had in my closet. I love an all black look — it’s chic and always appropriate.

I carried this metallic envelope clutch for some contrast. It’s one of my go-to bags for dressier events, and it’s also fun to carry with a sweater and jeans if you’re going out to dinner. Very versatile! I highly recommend having a bag like this in your closet.

And finally, I added these flower drop earrings for a little extra pizzazz.

Every holiday season, I like to purchase a fun and inexpensive pair of statement earrings I can throw on with just about any outfit to take it up a notch. When I saw these, I new they were the ones!

I can wear them with everything from a cashmere sweater and jeans to a cocktail dress, and they will give the look a festive flair.

This top is clearly the hero piece of this outfit. By pairing it with closet staples I already own, I can make several different outfits for various occasions.

Here are some other ideas: Tuck it into a faux leather pencil skirt and throw on some strappy sandals for a cocktail party, wear it with black skinny ankle jeans and festive flats for a casual party at home, or try it with a color. I think it would be gorgeous with these emerald velvet skinny jeans, or how about with these burgundy velvet flares???

Or wear it as shown here with trousers and black pumps for a chic all-black look that you could wear to a work party, a church event, the country club, or out to dinner with your honey!

Outfit Details:

chiffon sleeve sparkle jersey blouse // black ankle skinny pants // similar black suede pumps // metallic envelope clutch // flower drop earrings

Now head on over to Fabulous After 40 and see Deb’s holiday sparkle outfit!

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photos: Alison Cornell