5 Casual Holiday Looks You Can Wear For Work or Play

We gave you the perfect makeup look to add some sparkle and pop it seems only fair we would bring you a few holiday looks you can fashion with things you already own or can incorporate quickly. You can think of it as your Black Friday shopping look list.

These five looks can be fashioned with items you might already have, like a cute a-line skirt and plaid shirt or shift dress and wrap. Plus, if you decided to shop the look, each piece is at our under $100. These are generalized ideas I know you’ll enjoy.

Holiday Sparkle and Glam


Romantic Glam Holiday Look 2016

This look is perfect if you and your family are into dining out for dinner. It’s also perfect for any holiday concerts and parties that may come up. For an at home alternative, you can always find a sparkly shift or a-line dress in a darker color and pair it with a vest or kimono of complimentary color. The bracelets and jewelry should give some sparkle but if you have a pendant necklace that’s been hanging out in the back of your jewelry box, now’s the time to bring it out. If you don’t own booties, swap those out for a stacked heel pump and tights for an elegant less casual look.

The Preppy Romantic

Preppy Romantic Holiday Look 2016


This look is perfect for getting together with friends for a Friendsgiving feast, or gift wrapping party. If the a-line silhouette isn’t your best style, swap this out for a pencil skirt. Any plaid will do for a neutral skirt and the colors should be fall/winter focused. Be sure and add that pop of romance with a statement necklace and cardigan. To flip this look try wearing a plaid skirt with a solid colored button down.

Prepped Out For the Party

Preppy Glam Holiday Look 2016


The anchor for this look is the blazer. It pulls everything together and gives you that polished and preppy look; I know you probably have a blazer in your closet somewhere, right? So bring it out and pair it with jeans and a cute blouse. Extra points if you have a pair of animal printed flats/pumps to finish the look. For some alternatives,  you can wear a more tunic style top with skinny jeans and boots with the blazer, or you can swap the blazer for a leather jacket. Oversized scarves or ruana are essential to keeping warm with this look, so don’t forget this accent piece. It doesn’t have to be plaid, but a little oversized. You can find lots of ways to wear them on Pinterest these days.

Bohemian Classic

Preppy Boho Holiday Look 2016


This look is a mix of styles and can be swapped for what you already have. It all starts with a casual knit dress, which can be fitted, shift, or a-line. The next piece is a wrap or second layer that falls just below the hips. You can swap the ruana out for a longer cardigan as an alternative. Be sure and add tights and your riding boots to finish the look. You can really make things fun be brightening up the look with fun colored tights, burnt orange for Thanksgiving, or striped red and green for Christmas. If you’re on the cooler color scale, keep the top wrap/layer on the lighter side with creams, icy blue, or white. This is an ideal look if you’re heading to someone else’s house for dinner. The wrap/2nd layer will keep you warm if things are drafty and if you need to run in and out for quick errands.

Comfy and Cozy with An Edge

Edgy Holiday Look 2016


This last look is all about comfort and style. It’s the ideal look if you’ve spent the day/morning slaving away in the kitchen but still want to look pulled together. The leggings will keep things tight while your tummy expands after eating that delicious dinner. You can also wear this look for a day of shopping as well. For some at home flips, swap the leggings for a stretchy jegging or skinny jeans and loose the long cardigan altogether. The booties can swapped for a flat or low sneaker like converse if you want a sportier look.

Let us know what your go-to holiday look is and any colors you like to incorporate during the winter months.
Jamila Taylor

World traveler, strategic planner, stylist, and food enthusiast. Jamila loves to travel the world tasting new flavors, and exploring local cultures. When she's not traveling on her magic carpet she's helping small businesses through her boutique consulting firm, Enjoy the Day Consulting. Follow her travels @justjamila

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