This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
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).
Clockwise from the top left: Chic Nova MIlitary Coat with Double Breasted Design, $234, available at Chic Nova; Mango Velvet and Metallic Dress, $89, available at House of Fraser; Dolce & Gabbana Earrings, $345, available at The Corner; Alexander McQueen Lace Up Leather Ankle Boots, $975, available at Net-A-Porter; BCBGMaxazaria Pyramid Stud Toggle Waist Belt, $68, available at BCBG.
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.
Clockwise from the top left: Minuet Petite Black Cigarette Trouser, $110, available at Debenhams; River Island Leopard Print Boyfriend Coat, $112, available at River Island; 1974 Tassel Long Chain Necklace, $119, available at Wonder Mode; H&M Silk Blouse, $39.95, available at H&M; Jimmy Choo Abel Gold Pump, $525, available at Shop Savannahs.
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.
Clockwise from the top left: H&M Trenchcoat, $49.95, available at H&M; AllSaints Bolshevik Dress, $250, available at AllSaints; Gap Sheer Dot Tights, $14.95, available at Gap; Morgan Parish Refinery29 Exclusive Two-Tone Clutch, $250, available at R29 Shops; 3.1 Phillip Lim Leather Ankle Boots, $762, available at MyTheresa.
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.
Clockwise from the top left: Topshop Pastel Floral Jacquard Trousers, $90, available at Topshop; Day Birger et Mikkelsen Night Prestige Sequin Blazer, $548.63, available at MyWardrobe; Dorothy Perkins White Scuba Peplum Top, $35, available at Dorothy Perkins; JJ Winters Leather Chain Strap Clutch, $98, available at The Trend Boutique; Kate Spade Licorice Pump, $238.40, available at Jildor.
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.
Clockwise from the top left: Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Crystal Embellished Silk Shirt, $225, available at Net-A-Porter; BCBG Floral Elastic Tiara, $88, available at BCBG;Topshop Premium Silver Pleated Skirt, $180, available at Topshop; Marc Jacobs Merlot Velvet Mary Janes, $475, available at Forenzi.
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.
Clockwise from the top left: BLK DNM Smoky White Leather Jacket, $950, available at Avenue 32; Raoul White Sleeveless Disc Tunic Dress, $338, available at MyWardrobe; Ben-Amun Vintage Deco Opulent Earrings, $200, available at Swarovski Elements; Boticca MeDusa Clutch, $147.50, available at Boticca; Dieppa Restrepo Joe Mirror White Shoes, $345, available at Gargyle.
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