December is still a few days away, but Christmas is already nipping at our heels. Shoppers are already gearing up for the holiday shopping rush, and the fashion conscious are also getting their Christmas ensembles ready. For those who want to get started on their party dresses early, we’ve put together a few useful tips from the fashion experts.
Black and white
Black and white is the predominant color scheme for the season, according to Elle. “If you really want to make a statement, you can mix different prints, or what I would say are sister prints—so polka dots but different scales—and it has a lot of wow factor,” said creative director Lisa Axelson.
For those who aren’t ready to go all out on the black and white color scheme, a recent article on M&S’s Style Edit section recommends two options: one for those who prefer to go with pale, low-key colors and another for those who want to experiment with darker shades. For the former, layering a cardigan over a dress is a fresh way to be glamorous. Those who fall into the latter category can dress up their classic white Christmas outfits with a more colorful scarf, top, or necklace.
Another thing to remember when you’re out shopping for something to wear during the holiday season is forward thinking. “Go for smart investment pieces that will work hard with your existing wardrobe, such as a tailored white shirt, which looks great now under warmer layers and remains a key piece for next spring,” reads the article.
Don’t forget to bring a shrug, wrap, jacket, or evening coat whenever you go out, either. As the Irish Examiner puts it, hypothermia is never attractive. Celebrity stylist Derek Roche also recommends adding your own eclectic fashion sense into the mix. “A vest, scarf, collar, or a jacket from your mother’s closet, and heirloom jewelry from your mom or dad added to your casual day look makes dressing worth living,” he told StyleBlazer.
Follow these tips, add your own signature flair, and look forward to turning heads every time you go out this Christmas!