How to wear festive looks without looking like a Christmas tree

The holidays are expected to ring in parties left and right, so you have to make sure you look effortlessly fabulous every time. Here are not-so basic trends you can mix and match with your existing outfits and still look festive without trying too hard.


Velvet material is guaranteed to add sophistication to any outfit, but it’s a very tricky piece to wear. If you’re on the other side of the continent where there’s no winter, you might just end up sweating buckets if you wear a heavy, full-on velvet look. Or worse, even if you’re in winter wonderland, you don’t want to look like a couch. Truth is, it looks great in photos, but in real life, they are very hard to pull off. But velvet is having a fashion moment right now and there is no better time than this holidays to try it out. The trick is mix it up with your basics and other lighter fabrics. You can also add it as statement pieces such as killer heels or clutch. But if you’re feeling sexy and you want to go glam, wear a velvet dress that shows a lot of skin to ease the material’s heaviness.


Subtle Red

If you like the red but don’t want to wear too much of it and match with Santa, try it in another varying color like orange red. Take cues from Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo, whose party-ready looks are both chic and sleek. Again, you can always just add key red pieces in your outfit to make it more interesting. Or much easier, go for a daring, bold red lipstick that can go well with practically any look (like Lily Collins’ perfect cat eye and red lip combo).

Little black dress with a twist

You can never go wrong with an LBD, but make it just a bit more interesting with some embellishments, classic yet standout cuts and silhouettes.


Speaking of embellishments, beading and floral patterns combined with see-through details can take you to any day or night event without looking over-dressed. But if you want to take it to the next level, wear it in a darker hue.


The holidays are all about having fun, so take this opportunity to shine! Sparkles, sequins, and glitter looks are perfect for New Year’s Eve parties.

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