holiday attire rules

no. 1  always dress-up 

The holidays only come once a year so whatever the occasion, dress-up, have fun, and spend a little extra time on your appearance. Additionally, to make life easier I always book beauty appointments in advance. The wonders of a good blowout and fresh red manicure make me feel human, and it's two less things I have to do the night of the party. Example: think extra with this statement top (which you can repeat on NYE), this seasonally appropriate bag or this velvet kimono. 

                                Image from UK Vogue 1997 (Tim Walker)

                                Image from UK Vogue 1997 (Tim Walker)

no. 2  rely on accessories 

Sometimes all you need is a simple black dress with statement earrings or a pair of heels that strike up conversation on their own. Example: this 90s LBD with these crystal earrings or these velvet heels. 

no. 3  redefine "sexy" 

You can still dress like you've got it without flaunting (all of) it. Focus on one area that you feel most comfortable showing off — be it legs, arms or back — and the rest should remain a mystery. Play with proportions. Example: this satin skirt with this fitted sweater. 

no. 4  think comfortable

The holidays are spent eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating, so don't let your festive attire get in the way of enjoying yourself. Forget the 4" heels and Spanx. Example: these flat mules (that look like Prada for less), these festive wide-leg trousers or this loose-fit dress. 

no. 5  a touch of fur 

When in doubt, add fur with a jacket, handbag or stole. There is nothing more festive, or warm, than adding a little fur to your holiday look. Example: this outfit topper, this faux-fur stole or this little faux-fur tote. 

— BK 

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