Holiday season has rolled around again. The forecast calls for snow on the mountain, sparkles in the night sky, and bubbles in our glasses. Getting dressed up can get you in the perfect mood to party with your dear friends and family. Go all out this year and wear something truly fabulous to celebrate, I dare you! It seems many of us are actually looking for more opportunities to step it up from the same old, same old. If we all band together, maybe we can start a new trend in Portland! Here are some outfits to inspire your ultimate holiday look…
We thrive on the one-two punch of the perfect dress (it’s so easy!), yet separates are all the rage this season. Happy to see waist-defining feminine silhouettes back on the map this year, I chose this wrap top because it’s romantic, chic and versatile. The intention is not to bare the midriff. Wear it with a high-waisted skirt or trousers, or layer it over a slip dress. Long, fluid skirts channel the glamour and feel so free in contrast to skinny jeans. This one is from Awaveawake and you can see some of her line at Odessa. Don’t treat your version as precious, though, wear it even when it’s rainy out! All perfectly paired with a boxy lady coat in blush and a pretty bra (just as much a present to yourself as anyone else lucky enough to catch a glimpse later on). This bralette from Lille provides coverage without padding. Roberto’s rare and beautiful boots and heels are covetable. This sturdy t-strap works well for feather weight petites who can rock a four inch and the shimmer provides just enough of this season’s glitz to keep your look on point. Luxe jewels pump up the most casual of outfits and here they tie together the solid basics, making the look exquisite and holiday appropriate.
Do you ever remind yourself, “Keys, cellphone, wallet. Keys, cellphone, wallet…” before walking out the door? When I get dressed for a party or event, I get dressed like, “Pattern, texture, color. Pattern, texture, color…” I like to hold nothing back when it comes to getting fancy. Pairing unique silhouettes with simple pieces like this more practical cropped blouse by Myriam Marcela is fun because it’s an unexpected match. I’m obsessed with mermaid silhouettes right now. And not just on skirts and dresses. ( I mean, check out these pants! ) This copper floor length skirt is the inverse, structured sister to the classic mermaid. The long slit in the front is flirty and fashion forward while giving you legs for days. Sequins, fur and sparkle are the big trends this holiday season and this look nearly covers them all. The faux-fur collar on the coat helps balance the busy skirt and bold, block heel while the marbled clutch and dainty geometric ring from Physical Element add the right amount of interest to tie it all together. Keep going with the juxtaposition by throwing long locks up in a rad hair claw like this one from Amelia. Let loose strands fall near your face, and forget about working out any bumps or lumps; a little imperfection can be ultra sexy and chic!
We both fell in love with this statement coat from Una the moment we saw it. Saturated colors are forever a holiday staple but don’t just stick to red and green. This color story is current, provoking the same kind of cheer. A classic trouser with clean lines is a key investment for anyone’s closet. These ankle length stretch twill pants from Ancliffe Collection are heavy weight enough to keep you warm, while keeping the color of your undies concealed; a common concern when wearing white on bottom. And don’t forget the resources we’ve equipped you with when shopping for your party looks! Shopping consignment is budget friendly and you never know what you might find. Seams To Fit has beautiful, designer garments and accessories in excellent condition only, so you get the most from your splurging. These Fendi heels are available right now in size 8!
When deciding where to shop for your holiday outfit, consider the small businesses who are participating in Little Boxes this weekend.