The holiday season is upon us and whether you’re celebrating with friends, coworkers, or loved ones — in person or over Zoom — it’s about time you kick your leggings and sweatpants to the back of your closet and deck the halls with a little va-va-voom.
So, I know you’re probably thinking… it’s not safe, but isn’t it time we get into the spirit of something other than drowning our sorrows in spirits that go by the name of Jack, Johnny, or Tito? Since we’ve spent almost two years of our lives locked away, it’s time we get dressed up, spread a little cheer, and lift our spirits the fashion-forward way.
Hey, if you follow What I’m Wearing this Week, you know I believe your attire can help boost your mood and self-esteem, and we could all use a little help these days. In fact, there’s a study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology called “Enclothed Cognition” that says what you wear has a significant impact on your physical and psychological state. See, it’s not just me!
Now, I’m not suggesting you go out and buy a ballgown, and celebrate the holidays at some snooty five-star hotel, I just want you to do something nice for yourself. Slip into something that’s new-to-you and reintroduce yourself to the world with a little holiday sparkle and flair.
Top 5 Holiday Fashion Trends for 2021
If you didn’t hear, fashion is back in a big way! The runways for Fall/Winter 2021 were merry and bright with bold pops of color, overdoses of fun and frill, boss lady suits, over-the-top silhouettes, and lots of body positivity.
We’ve rounded up the top 5 looks that are sure to dazzle and delight everyone you come in contact with at your virtual shindig, your best friend’s wedding, or your intimate family gathering.
1. Take a Shine to Sequins
Shimmer is the new black, and it’s time for you to shine. Put on the ritz in glitzy maxi dresses, embellished sweaters, blinged-out blazers, and sparkly midi skirts that showcase tasteful sequin designs.
Like spotting a rainbow after a storm, this brilliant, blinged-out sequin Roxy Dress by Hunter Bell will lift the spirits of everyone in the room, or your Slack huddle. Featuring ruffled cap sleeves, a fitted bodice, and plenty of brilliance, Rent the Runway makes sure no one forgets about you.
Since full-on sequins aren't everyone's cup of tea (or eggnog), sometimes it's best to go with just a touch of razzle dazzle, and Adriana Papell's Sequin-Trimmed Cold Shoulder Blouse offers the perfect mix of dressy meets daring without looking like a disco ball.
2. Show Your True Colors
After all the doom and gloom, it’s time to make like a rainbow and show off your ROYGBIV. From flaming fuchsia to sterling silver, and fiery red to lemony yellow, these are the brilliant hues that will dominate Fall and Winter 2021, and brighten up your life.
Halston's Ruffled Fit & Flare Dress will leave you tickled pink! Discovered on Armoire, I immediately added to my must-have collection for holiday looks. Due to its bold hue, strategically-placed ruffles, dainty cap sleeves, and a twirl-ready skirt, this frock will have you rocking around the Christmas tree in no time.
Roksanda's Ayres Dress is the perfect mix of color-blocking, architectural shapes, and lots of frills and thrills. Known for her statement sleeves and bold use of color, Rent the Runway called dibs on this designer dress that's classy, sassy and just really freaking cute. Make an entrance, slay the crowd, and then deck the halls with those bell sleeves.
3. Pick a Pattern
Prints charming reigned supreme with patterns such as leopard print, tartan plaid, houndstooth, checkerboard, and argyle all ruling the runways, but you can be the queen of your scene in bright and boldly-printed dresses, knits, blouses, and blazers.
Try patterning your holiday looks after what was presented on the runways! This Leopard-Print Silk Dress by Joie with structured shoulders, gathered sleeves, and a thigh-grazing skirt will bring joy, delight, and lots of style envy to everyone at your holiday shindig.
Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly would've approved of the Thayna Plaid Sheath Dress. Brought to you by Rent the Runway, this retro-inspired, glam, curve-hugging plaid sheath features one of the hottest prints of the season, three-quarter length sleeves, and a wide, waist-cinching belt to accentuate all your best features.
4. Cut It Out
Go ahead and show a little skin! Body positivity is in and cutouts add a little touch of sex appeal to your look without offending grandma or your boss. The cutout trend is all about expert tailoring that offers a subtle peek of skin while showing off your best assets.
When I spotted the Rachel Zoe Cutout One Shoulder Mini Dress on Armoire, I instantly fell in love. While cutouts can feel a little showy, a subtle peek of skin can make the difference between a basic red dress and a one that screams, Let's Party Like it's 2022!
Comfy, cozy, and a little showy, the Striped Twist-Front Sweater by Nicholas will ensure you're toasty and trendy at the same time. Whether you're Zooming through the snow or having a holly, jolly good time at your cousin's house, this knit essential will make your presents known.
5. Tough as (Colored) Leather
It’s officially leather weather, but instead of pulling out your trusty biker jacket or a black pleated pleather skirt, refresh your look with leather pieces in trendy hues like muted green, baby blue, and coffee brown.
Whether the scent of fresh leather makes you weak in the knees, or you'd rather save the animals and go vegan, colored leather is hot for the holidays and Nicholas' Faux Leather Dress is totally cool, festive and frilly. Designed in soft and stretchy faux leather with a ruffle-trimmed pointed collar, button-front closure, and ruffled hem, this must-have from Rent the Runway is a gift all in itself.
It's easy being green when you're rocking the ONE33Social Faux Leather Shirtdress. This festive frock will seamlessly take you from the Zoom calls, to the holiday party, and the afterparty with style and flair. This day-to-night sheath is rendered in a twist-front design with a front slit, and lots of ruching for an ultra-flattering effect.
Styling & Profiling
So, now you’re like…ok, this run-down is great and all, but I don’t have the time, nor the fashion know-how to pull together the perfect holiday look. Don’t fret, you know we’ve got you covered! From Armoire to Stitch Fix, and Dia & Co. to Rocksbox (for jewelry), these personal styling companies can not only help you shop, but they’ve also got the skills and expert stylists available to make sure you rock your look around the Christmas tree.
What are your holiday plans? Let us know in the comments!