I have a few holiday parties to attend this season and have thought extensively about the myriad combinations of comfortable separates I could wear since I had to go buy a few things in order to be prepared. I have a few flexible dresses that have come through from before I was pregnant, or that are forgiving from postpartum but generally my closet does not hold much in the way of party attire.
Here, I humbly submit to you, a few options for your upcoming Christmas/New Year/Holiday extravaganzas, generously photographed while our kids ran around just inside the door by my friend Eileen. Thanks, Eileen!
(young and hip)
simple black dress
(This look was both mine and Eileen's favorite. I think the sparkly tights are really key to fancy-ing it up and I'll probably add some dangly sparkly earrings.)
// dress : patagonia (of all places) // jacket : thrifted // tights : american apparel // booties : cooperative //
(playfully dressing it down)
chambray button up
a necklace that can hold it's own
simple black boots
(Sadly, dressing down is kind of important in Seattle, where dark jeans are acceptable at pretty much any function that isn't specifically labeled "black tie". I like this one because it's guaranteed to make one feel at ease but doesn't look at all casual. I also think a simple ponytail is a must with this look. A fabulous gay helper at one of the stores I visited asked what I was going for and I described this and he said, "Got it. Madewell girl. Perfect.")
// chambray shirt : h&m // sparkly skirt : alice + olivia // tights : american apparel // boots : h&m // pearl necklace : anthropologie // glasses : warby parker //
simple black booties
(Uh oh. Get ready to class up the joint. Same skirt, more grown up. You could wear this to an event - Nutcracker, office holiday party, New Years Eve out on the town and be fine no matter who the guest list included. It's safe and sweet and lovely.)
// blouse : anthropologie // skirt : alice + olivia // tights : american apparel // booties : cooperative // earrings : anthropologie //
Other Emma-approved combos:
high waisted black pants + sparkly crop top + black heels
leather leggings + sweater + heels
Now link me some photos! I want to see what you're wearing!!