what to wear: Christmas

This year my husband and I will be hosting Christmas at our house, where we'll be hosting our parents and siblings under one roof. With so much to do and so little time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I made sure to shop my holiday looks well in advance. 

This season I chose two festive and versatile separates: this Staud bustier top with faux-fur sleeves and a silk midi skirt by The Row that I scored on major sale. These pieces have gotten plenty of wear — friend's holiday parties, his work party, and soon Christmas mass and dinners.

How I approach holiday dressing is to welcome comfort but not shy away from turning heads. I personally prefer separates over dresses for the sake of versatility, because you never know how the weather will cooperate. Wide leg trousers or a skirt, for example, allows more practical shoe options like a comfortable mule or pair of boots. Lastly, nothing says the holidays quite like a red lip. I don't do one often, but when I do it's around the holidays. My holy grail red is Chanel's Allure Rouge Intense Longwear in 'Pirate' — a classic red with blue undertones that works on all skin types. For more festive outfit discussion, read my holiday party attire rules here.

— BK

where: cooking at home in Connecticut  

when: Christmas dinner, 7pm

attire: oversized cashmere sweater, silk midi skirt, Manolo Blahnik mules  

                  Jil Sander cashmere sweater, The Row midi skirt, Manolo Blahnik mules, CVC ring and Chanel lipstick. 

                  Jil Sander cashmere sweater, The Row midi skirt, Manolo Blahnik mules, CVC ring and Chanel lipstick.