Holiday Style 101

October 01, 2013
The holidays are the perfect excuse to break out the baubles and party dresses! I love to get fancied up for parties. It’s the perfect opportunity to put on a bright pop of lipstick and don my favorite special frocks. Here are a few of my favorite tips for looking your best this holiday season.

Embrace the element of surprise

When getting dressed for a holiday party, I like to make sure I always incorporate a bit of surprise. In this case, the swooping back neckline of my dress adds a touch of originality. Because of this eye-catching openness, I don’t even need a necklace. Little details like a different cut of fabric or a pop of color can really add some extra oomph to your outfit.
Holiday Style 101

Accessories should complement not compete

Just because I am foregoing a necklace doesn’t mean I won’t wear any bling. Instead, I like to bring the focus to my face with these large, dangly chandelier earrings! Focus on subtle details if you have a large accent piece or busy pattern. Otherwise, sometimes too much is too much—you don’t want your outfit to compete with itself.
Holiday Style 101

Bold is beautiful

Time for my favorite part… bright red lipstick! I typically keep my makeup very simple, but lately I’ve been in love with a statement lip, especially in bold red. Red is perfect for the holidays, and it adds a pop of color to any outfit. A bright, bold lipstick captures attention (in a good way!) and adds a classy finishing touch to your holiday ensemble.
Holiday Style 101

Footwear with flair

Don’t forget the shoes! I went with a bright pink pair to bring out the fun colors of my dress. Boots, flats and close-toed heels also look great in the winter months, and they’ll keep your feet nice and toasty. Just make sure whatever pair you choose for the event is comfortable—aching feet is kind of a party pooper, and you have a holiday to celebrate!
Holiday Style 101
Holiday Style 101
Holiday Style 101
Joanna Hawley