Photo: Carlyle Routh
Hold the moody drama and serve up a fresh twist on holiday dressing with a softer colour palette and fabrics with movement.
Producer & Styling Julia McEwen | Photography Carlyle Routh | Hair & Makeup Sheri Stroh/The Detox Market/Plutino Group | Model Cici Ali/Elmer Olsen Models | Location La Palma, Toronto/Designed by Alexandra Hutchison
Flight of Fancy
Sometimes, bringing together the ordinary and the extraordinary creates something beautiful. Case in point, this tee and feathered jacket. Dress the look up with a satiny skirt or down with jeans.
If holiday’s usual suspects—sequins, faux fur, glitter, feathers—are a little too much for you, layer everyday textures. This ribbed sweater and lace midi skirt create an outfit worthy of festivities.
An outfit that goes from office to office party can be tricky. In lieu of a full wardrobe change, make subtle yet sparkling tweaks to your existing look. Don festive jeans and trade a button-down for a top with an embellished neckline.
If feminine shapes speak to you, but tailored dresses make you uncomfortable, try an empire-waisted frock with flowing pleats.
Michael Michael Kors leather jacket, $595, michaelkors.ca. Wilfred Dress, $198, aritzia.com. Earrings, joefresh.com. Necklace, erintracy.ca. Ring, ilovebiko.com. clutch, bananarepublic.ca. Shoes, lechateau.com.
Lace It Up
For a holiday soirée, a white lace dress is a standout. The best part? You may be able to shop your closet and find one from your summer stash. Steer clear of anything too short, low cut or without sleeves since it might look beachy.
The slipdress is your ticket to modern glamour. This season’s take is a little less literal, with unique necklines, wearable cutouts and sleek draping.
Push & Pull
Soft pinks and cool greys are a dream team, especially when worn from head to toe. We love the ease of this robe-style blazer; its softness balances the architectural slacks.
A pale pair of jeans may seem more appropriate for summer, but they can be the jumping-off point for a playful yet polished winter ensemble, too.
Jacket, $49, joefresh.com. Camisole, $68, aritzia.com. Jeans, $98, levi.com. Deepa by Deepa Gurnani head-band, shopbop.com. Earrings, bracelets and ring, ilovebiko.com. clutch and shoes, bananarepublic.ca.
A little black dress is the obvious choice, but when the right cozy sweater and the perfect personality pant get together, your outfit is not only going to be more comfy but also a stellar fashion moment.
In a sea of black and navy, you’ll stand out this holiday season by embracing a lighter, brighter palette. Intimidated? Stick to easy-to-wear shades, like pastel pink or dove grey, from head to toe.