The holiday season is the perfect time of the year to really prove our sartorial chops. But where’s the line between cool and costume? How can one pull off Grandma’s vintage tiara without looking like Honey Boo Boo? Stress no more — we’re here to help you master the holiday’s trickiest fashion trends. Ahead, how to wear velvet, glitter, winter white, and more…without looking like your own Nightmare Before Christmas.
Black velvet — Black velvet is a ’90s throwback we love to indulge in over the holidays. For those that fear an all-velvet look, it’s easy to break things up with a skirt in a similar color but in a contrasting texture (sequins, knits, or heavy silks).
Glitter shoe — Since glitter is so fanciful, it’s smart to pair it with more structured work wear in nighttime fabrics like silk. Choose non-blingy jewelry and a patterned topcoat to balance out your shoes.
Patterned tights — The easiest way to wear colored tights without veering into tween territory is to only choose luxe-looking staples in black. Contrary to what you may have thought, black can easily be mixed and matched — just choose pieces in different textures (leathers, velvets, etc.) to keep things from looking too macabre.
Party pants — A printed pair of pants can feel intimidatingly “fashion-y,” but it’s one of our favorite unconventional party looks that is totally worth stepping outside of your comfort zone for. Wear it with a pair of simple pumps and a simple peplum shirt to up the femininity factor.
The tiara — The glittering, sparkling, rhinestone-studded tiara can be worn outside of the pageant circuit…as long as you choose the right ones. We’re partial to the ones that lay flat against you head (no princess towers, please!), worn on top of the forehead. Pair them with a boyish shirt and flat shoes for a low-drama look.
Winter white — The key to doing an all-white look without appearing as if you’re about to appear on a Christmas special in Rockefeller Center is to wear white in modern cuts and tough-girl shapes, like moto jackets, slim trousers, and structured sheath dresses.