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If you’re anything like us, you were combing through your favorite sites moodboarding holiday looks before the turkey was even off the table. The only thing that fuels us through finals is our harbored excitement about going out and having fun with friends over the holiday break.
But holiday dressing is not one occasion fits all. Most holiday collections contain a lot of glitter and sometimes we want something more elevated, or more suited to our style. That’s why we’re so big on Topshop’s holiday capsule collection. It’s modeled off the five unique styles of real girls and gives a wide-range of options perfect for everything from a family holiday party to New Year’s Eve.
Below, our Style Gurus give their tips for styling four holiday events in an unexpected way.
FANCY HOLIDAY DINNER
Eating anywhere beside the dining hall is a reason to celebrate. And fancy doesn’t mean boring. Take this opportunity to play around with patterns and textures for a unique twist on an upscale look.
For dinner with your gal pals, try a lace bodysuit with high-waisted trousers for a style that has an edge but keeps it classy. Layer on luxe accessories like leather booties and a faux fur coat for a look guaranteed to turn-heads. Meeting the parents of your significant other? You can’t go wrong by reworking the classics (and complimenting his mother, of course). Mix textures using a classic turtleneck and leather wrap skirt for a look that is balanced and sleek. Add a faux fur stole and a nude lip for that extra oomph.
Ah, the hometown reunion — the perfect combination of comfort and dread. A casual outfit with an ounce of sass is the perfect recipe for looking and feeling great during those inevitable run-ins with former flames or friends. The blouse and mini-skirt combo is perfect for this occasion. It’s super flattering without trying too hard. Accessorize with a velvet puffer, or giant hoops for a touch of glamour. Show off that you have learned a lot (especially in the style department) while away at school.
This season is flocked with holiday parties. Whether it’s a gift exchange with your Guru Gang or a family gathering, take this time to amp up your basics. For a look that effortlessly impresses, put a monochrome twist on classic pieces. Keeping all in the same hue, take on the fashion girl’s version of a suit with a classic blazer and frayed jeans, or pleated trousers and a silk camisole.
This look comes to life in the details. Add a printed neckerchief or delicate jewelry before finishing off the outfit with this season’s biggest footwear style — the loafer.
NEW YEAR’S EVE
There’s so much unnecessary pressure around this holiday. Focus your outfit on one thing: having fun! Use this as an excuse to experiment and deviate from your usual style.
We know shorts may not scream New Year’s Eve, but trust us. Give your shorts an upgrade by opting for a velvet or glitter pair. Pair with a neutral silk top, sheer socks and ankle booties to be the guaranteed trendsetter at this year’s bash.
If you are afraid of freezing before the clock strikes midnight, select a coat that enhances your outfit instead of detracting from it. A camo puffer or long duster is a perfect pick. For the big reveal, opt for drama. A sequined high-neck dress or vinyl mini shows off your style, figure and holiday cheer.