Some girls are sad to see the summer go because, if we’re being honest, dressing for warmer weather is just easier. However, I prefer a challenge—and deciding what to bring home for the holidays is just that. For one, I don’t want to lug my entire wardrobe on the train, but I do want to take home my denim cut offs and mini skirts to make room for more clothes. After all, I plan to put those gift cards to good use with a few bored-during-break shopping binges.
So here’s the key to dressing for the season: versatility—a term ASOS is quite familiar with. Invest in new pieces that are versatile, but don’t forget that your old ones can be too. Bring home your shorts and throw them over tights (like this tartan pair) and complete with a graphic sweater that’s warm and cozy meets punk. And pick up a long sleeve staple of some sort – whether a collared button up or a crew neck bodysuit is more your style—because you’ll be able to wear it with everything.
This black body polo works just as well tucked into a maxi as it does with plaid. And remember that spaghetti strap jumpsuit you tucked away in your closet? You can sport it underneath that, too, so make sure you dig it out and pack it. Once you’ve got the basics, you’ll know what’s appropriate for each family gathering (and what’s perfect for all of them).
For Thanksgiving, I chose a monochrome midi for its flattering pleats and demure hem. Since November can be chilly, but not freezing, I went with ankle socks and a fitted, cotton top that I’m now totally obsessed with. And get this: I’ve never worn a turtleneck before.
It’s clear that those days are over, since a slim silhouette looks great with high waist shorts, too. I chose red because it’s a classic shade, and not only for the holidays. The pattern evokes a homey, yet sophisticated vibe. And with opaque tights and a simple gold chain, this outfit is lounge-around-the-house-comfortable, but chic enough to go out in (even if it’s just to pick up a spiced latte).
For New Years, I wanted to rock a fashion-forward look, and this Lipsy devore lace dress fits the bill. It’s got the athletic cut shoulder detail that I’m really into right now (see Emma Watson’s sweater at the Christmas party in Perks of Being a Wallflower). Plus, it’s embroidered with a baroque print that mutes the purple in an elegant way.
My ASOS pointed flatforms finish every ensemble, and they even go with jeans. They’re a step above a regular Mary Jane, and for such a reasonable price, I’d say they’re my smartest purchase. While I could have gone with loafers or patent leather oxfords, I love a little suede in the winter. But just like the rest of my ASOS wardrobe, I think these will take me all the way through spring. Now that’s versatility.