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When considering what to wear to holiday gatherings, comfort and warmth are my top priorities. If I can make my favorite cashmere sweater look festive, I’ve succeeded. Add tights and I’m super comfy. This is where skirts come in as my favorite styling piece for the season. I also prefer a thrown together look versus a one and done dress. It allows for creativity and personality to shine – which is half the fun of getting dressed! A statement skirt – sequins, metallic, beaded, or embellished – paired with a relaxed sweater is an ideal outfit. A splash of jewelry and a fabulous bag further pulls the look together.
Styling tip: balance the proportions. The more full the skirt, the slimmer the top…and vice versa. For a classic Dior silhouette, go for a full skirt with a fitted top tucked in and a belt to define the waist. With a pencil skirt silhouette, I like a billowy oversized top. A tucked in top also works for a streamlined look but I’d balance it with a roomy tuxedo jacket. Beaded skirts work better this time of year than satin. Static is a major bummer when you’ve arrived and your skirt is not behaving. As far as sheer, I’m all in with a partial amount balanced with an opaque tight (Falke and Wolford are my go-tos), like in the photo above.
Below are a few of my favorites. What’s great about going the skirt route is most of us already have all the other styling pieces -tops, bags, shoes, jewelry -to create a great, unique look for the party season. And you don’t have to worry about wearing the same thing as everyone else.
Heels or boots work best with this silhouette in these lengths. I’d only wear a flat if the skirt reached ankle or below. I stay away from pencil skirts with emphasized slits. The look I’m going for is tailored with the surprise of sparkle. I’d use the same approach for any of the tailored lace or embellished skirts in the final shopping images at the bottom of the page.
If the skirt happens to have a matching top, I’d buy them both. This Rotate set would go miles in styling year round with other pieces. If worn together, I’d top it with an oversized tuxedo blazer. Separately, I’d wear the skirt with an ivory sweater or the top with baggy white jeans and a cropped boxy jacket.
Don’t these skirts look comfortable? That’s how I want to feel at a party. This is where a lower heeled shoe or flat works too. Another plus for the comfort factor. I like the versatility of wearing them with a tucked in top (I’d absolutely add a belt to define the waist), with a cropped knit or matching top. They’d all benefit from a statement piece of jewelry and standout bag. Later, wear one with a t-shirt and flat sandals… aren’t these gorgeous???
And then, there’s velvet. A classic. Easy to style and always an understated winner.
Major statement skirts for drama is another way to go. I’d tame them with the simplest of tops – think slim knit. Or a relaxed sweater.
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