New York is in full on holiday swing. It gets dark before the workday is even over, but at least you’ve got trees clad in twinkle lights and elaborate window displays to brighten your mood. I absolutely love this time of year, not only because of the twinkle lights but because I get to see friends and family that I don’t see on a regular basis. There’s nothing like a big family party, where the music’s loud, the kitchen is messy, your aunts are talking over your uncles, and you feel like you’re a part of something. Of course, though, you want to look your best whether you’re seeing distant relatives, close friends, or mere acquaintances.
I have a love-hate relationship when it comes to dressing for the holidays. Sometimes it’s a blast to pick out clothes for myself and LS (this year Rio too!). Other times when I haven’t planned ahead, it quickly turns into a stressful last-minute scramble, with all the contents of my closet accumulating on the floor.
This year, I partnered with Gilt to pull together two fun holiday looks for LS and myself. Hey, you can never prepare too early, right? Especially at this time of year.
I decided to style LS in a blouse and skirt combination that’s a mix of Parisian and holiday chic. This metallic gold and navy patterned skirt is a great holiday staple. An element of shine is always festive for this time of year, and little girls are usually okay with shiny objects (at least mine is). I decided to coordinate her look with a sweet white blouse with navy hem details, and of course, these Gucci slingbacks that she’s been living in this season. The blouse can easily be re-styled with more casual looks such as a pair of jeans and flats for a day at school.
For my own ensemble, I stuck to the classics. You can’t mess up an LBD, and this black dress by Marabelle has a frilly and feminine silhouette that gives it an elevated edge. I decided to pair it with some black suede booties with gold detailing and a fabulous Furla bag. You can also throw on some tights and red lipstick for extra accessory boosters.
For her second look, I created an artsy look by layering a blouse under a jumper. It’s been popular this season in women’s fashion so I thought LS should have a go at the trend. This navy and white gingham blouse has a playful ruffle at the collar that peeks out nicely from the dress. I wanted to have some fun with color so I chose this deep red jumper with overall style straps. I love the two front pockets the square collar. Both of these pieces are great because you can style them in so many ways. You can pair the blouse with denim or tuck it into a skirt. The dress can be thrown on over a turtleneck and tights or styled with a white tee and denim jacket. Versatility is important when growth spurts are part of the equation.
I wanted to maintain the all-black theme for my second outfit, but this time I styled a different silhouette. Jumpsuits are a fantastic option for women who want to stray away from predictable looks and turn heads. This black off-the-shoulder jumpsuit is so much fun to romp around in and the high waist makes your legs look miles long. Pro mom tip: showing some shoulder is a PG way to channel your inner model without making your great aunt too uncomfortable. I styled the jumpsuit with leopard print pointy toe stilettos to add a vibrant touch.
Hopefully, these looks give you some outfit inspiration for styling yourself, your mini-me, or the two of you, during the annual era of parties and gatherings. Avoid the clothes piled up on your closet floor, and be sure to check out the fun separates available on Gilt!