This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
We’re all about making things simple. THE perfect party dress? Bring it on. The lazy girl’s guide to a dummy-proof updo? We’re there…with jingle bells on. But, there’s nothing like facing your closet for the umpteenth holiday party — with zero time to spare andtwo weeks left in the Champagne marathon — to leave you feeling more than a little over it.
In fact, in a recent edit meeting, a handful of editors lamented this very challenge…fantasizing about a magical tool-kit that could easily (and affordably) multiply our holiday outfit options while being right on trend with winter’s most runway-worthy themes.
And…POOF! We’d like to introduce you to our new Holiday Trend Kit, a four-piece planning powerhouse that puts the season’s best on-trend accessories front and center, making that trusty party dress, jumpsuit, peplum skirt, whatever, shiny and new again. Nothing complicated here, just great, easy pieces that pack a punch and provide that essential blueprint for pulling your favorite pieces together in a fresh way. Maybe it’s not the Céline bag on your lust list, but consider this nifty roundup our little gift to you.
Metallic Clutch — Simple yet arresting, the metallic clutch can be worn with more feminine dresses or masculine suits. We love the idea of wearing it with velvet for a modern update on the Le Smoking.
River Island Silver Metallic Oversized Clutch Bag, $24.07, available at River Island.
Clockwise from top left: Mango Velvet Sartorial Blazer and Tailored Velvet Trousers, $79.99-$129.99, available at Mango; Derek Lam White Silk Top with Black Embroidery, $545, available at Stylebop; Topshop Rubies Gem High Vamp Sandals, $110, available at Topshop.
Metallic Clutch — The best thing about this clutch is that it can work for daytime, too. Big enough to hold the essentials (leave your snacks at home for once, guys!), the clutch allows you to elevate your everyday work-to-party outfits in an unfussy way.
Clockwise from top left: Chicnova Beige Double Breasted Trench with Waist Belt, $154.80, available at Chicnova; Uniqlo Women Skinny Fit Ankle Length Jean, $39.90, available at Uniqlo; J.Crew Collection Cashmere Colorblock Turtleneck, $169.99, available at J.Crew; AllSaints Rogue Court 125 Heel, $250, available at AllSaints.
Hardware Waist Belt — What we love most about this piece is that it’s not just an extra hit of shine, but it’s also completely practical. The hardware belt is a double-duty styling tool at its very best.
Topshop Clean Metal Bar Belt, $50, available atTopshop.
Clockwise from top left: Tinley Road Pave Ball Stud Earring, $18, available at Piperlime; Dorothy PerkinsSequin Front Tee, $27, available at Dorothy Perkins; L.A.M.B. Women’s Oxley Platform Pump, $285, available at Amazon; Tibi Silk Faille Full Skirt, $525, available at Tibi
Hardware Waist Belt — Even for the most minimal of tastes, the hardware belt throws just the right amount of attitude into an otherwise simple ensemble. We recommend completing the look with hints of metal in the same shade.
Clockwise from top left: Reiss Venna Boat Neck Shift Dress, $360, available at Reiss; H&M Blazer, $24.95, available at H&M; Alkemie Maltese Lace Cross Cuff, $238, available at Free People; ASOS Addict Leather Ankle Boots, $114.34, available at ASOS.
Velvet Heels — Winter naturally calls for heavier, richer fabrics, and a velvet heel is a fool-proof piece that offers a dose of luxe to anything in your closet (no matter how much you really paid for them).
Zara Velvet Peep Toe, $49.90, available at Zara.
Clockwise from top left: rag & bone Raj Pant, $175, available at rag & bone; Jardin des Orangers Cashmere Turtleneck Pullover, $309, available at MyTheresa; Rare London Structured Fold Over Clutch, $22.53, available at Rare London; Dolce & Gabbana Bsaracco Encrusted Silk Headband, $1,397, available at Farfetch.
Velvet Heels — Have some fun with the plush texture and mix it with other seasonally rich fabrics such as lace, metallics, and brocade.
Clockwise from top left: DANNIJO Earrings, $420, available at DANNIJO; Republic Miso Blazer, $56.16, available at Republic; Karen Millen Baroque Cutwork Tutu Dress, $378, available at Harrods; Nasty Gal Liquid Metal Clutch, $48, available at Nasty Gal.
Something Baroque — The opulent trend tied to 17th century French art can be translated in endless varieties. These statement earrings are the perfect pieces to test drive fashion’s ornate movement in a not-too-over-the-top way.
Taara Gold Fillagree Pearl and Crystal Drop Earrings, $125, available at Max&Chloe.
Clockwise from top left: Bottega Veneta Plunge Front Satin Jumpsuit, $747, available at The Outnet; Stella & Dot Chantilly Lace Cuff, $98, available at Stella & Dot; Reiss Lucy Zip Top Panelled Clutch, $205, available at Reiss; Ivanka Trump Belita, $149.99, available at Heels.com.
Something Baroque — To keep a mix of tough and delicate, lavish and laid-back, pair a bit of Baroque with down-to-earth lace-up flats, a leather jacket, and other go-to pieces. The results are instant glamour without all the foof.
Clockwise from top left: Crafted Pu Biker Jacket, $81, available at Republic; Madewell Bobbie Oxford in patent, $165, available at Madewell; Gig Brasil Fit and Flare Gold Lurex Tank Dress, $660, available at Intermix; ModCloth In So Mini Words, $59.99, available at ModCloth.
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