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By Angela Harrison
Can you believe we’ve been talking all things fashion for a year now?! We’ve made it back to where it all began — the December holiday issue! Aside from this being a fab year at The Brick, we’ve got more important things to discuss, like our holiday looks. December is always busy, jam-packed with work parties, dinners with friends, fam time, — making it easy to succumb to the holiday-reds and other obvious seasonal choices. This winter fashion season is full of texture, color, and prints we don’t normally associate with holiday attire, which will set your looks apart from the usual suspects (while being super easy to put together!). We’re talking all things on trend, head to toe, that will look great with your existing wardrobe and really kick your holiday fashion up a notch.
The winter season is full of color and fun prints. Dark florals are popping up everywhere, creating a new narrative on what we consider traditional winter prints, like houndstooth and plaid. These florals are giving new life to eveningwear, casual blouses, pencil skirts, and scarves, making it so easy to add a little color to your holiday looks. Try a dark floral blouse with a full midi-length skirt for dinnertime drama, or a sequined plaid pencil skirt with fluffy cropped sweater for a new take on a classic. If color in your clothing isn’t your thing (I can relate), add these print trends through footwear and accessories with your party looks. A metallic floral bootie can polish off any look; try them with a black denim or dress with sheer black tights. These prints are a great way to keep our holiday outfits looking bright and festive, without being too holiday-themed.
Velvet & Silk
Velvet will always be a classic holiday fabric, and that’s fine by me! There’s just really no end to what we can apply this fabric to and how we can wear it. Velvet is gorgeous to the eye and to the touch, and is thick and stretchy enough to hold us in and smooth over bumps and lines. While velvet has been around for decades, what makes it fresh this season are the colors and garment designs. Perfect for holiday dinners and cocktail parties, dresses like this crushed blue velvet with side rouching and drape create such an elegant look — totally stunning, even on its own. This strapless ruffled-style dress is something we’ve seen all summer, but now being shown in a berry velvet; it makes the design look fresh and carries this look into the holiday season. If a dress is too much velvet for you, or you had a fab pant party look in mind, try a colorful velvet tuxedo blazer in emerald green or deep purple. I always love a jacket moment because they’re so versatile; you can layer on just about anything, and your holiday look is immediately stepped up.
This season we’re seeing a major comeback of silk in all forms. This is a great, natural, fluid fabric that really adds an air of elegance to any look. Silk has so much richness and depth to it, almost coming off as metallic to the eye, and looks totally fabulous with even causal fabrics. Try a gorgeous silk long-sleeved dress in deep gold, or a delicate skirt with an off-the-shoulder sweater. Mixing silk with fuzzy knits is always a win, and will give your holiday look that extra-cozy winter style.
Metallics & Sequins
Nothing says ‘holiday party’ more than bling-y metallics and sequins! Metallic jacquard fabrics add that regal shine to any holiday cocktail party look. Suiting is a big trend for womenswear this season, and if clean lines and tailoring are your thing, look no further than a black and bronze metallic suit. These statement suits are great investments not only for your party rotation, but your entire wardrobe. A metallic jacket can be paired with any top/skirt combo or dress, while the trousers can be worn with a casual v-neck or chunky sweater. Wear both pieces together with a silk cami, and you’ve got the ultimate show-stopping holiday look.
Sequins need no introduction; they’re like the Beyoncé of fabrics. Bold, glamorous, dynamic, and memorizing, sequins are being reinvented through colorful jumpsuits and classic dress silhouettes. Perfect for holiday dinners with friends or hosting your own soiree, these sequin dresses bring the glam without having to do much else — and we kind of love that, right? Colorful blends of sequins, like this incredible jumpsuit, just pack so much style and are perfect for any New Year’s Eve bash. Paired with a faux feather cropped jacket, you’re ready to close the holidays and ring in the New Year in the most fabulous style.
The winter holiday season is always a great opportunity to test drive some styles you’ve only admired from afar. As always, take these trends and incorporate them to feel like you; whether it’s a full-on metallic suit (slay, slay, slay!) or just a metallic clutch bag, express your personal style and own your holiday looks this season. There’s no wrong way to trend. Have fun, don’t pile on, and ring in the holidays and New Year in absolute drop-dead gorgeous style!
*All photos belong to Nordstrom.com
Angie Harrison received her BS degree in fashion merchandising from Western Michigan University. After merchandising for a large retailer, she went on to start Angela Harrison Style: a personal, print, and film wardrobe styling service. Her experience has led her to styling wardrobe on local and national TV commercials. She created a visual merchandising branch of AHStyle, providing styling and merchandising expertise to Michigan retailers.