Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How I Wear My: Holiday Party Look

Can you believe it is time for the final “How I Wear My” of 2016?!?

December means there are many opportunities to get glammed up and gorgeous for all the cocktail parties and soirées you’ve been invited to—or are hosting yourself—during the most festive and action-packed time of the year, so Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I wanted to devote the last “How I Wear My” of 2016 to Holiday Party Looks!

This has to be one of the most glamorous posts I’ve ever put together. Everyone just looks so good! I love the color and drama and charm of these outfits and I bet you will too. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, my lovely “How I Wear My” partner says, “I don’t get many invites to formal or even semi-formal holiday parties. Jeans are perfectly fine to wear to most of the shindigs I go to. So I dressed up a pair of wide-legged jeans with a Mongolian lamb coat by John Caruana that was made in the USA. I bought it in 1999 at Burlington Coat Factory and always pull it out for the holidays. Underneath my coat I am wearing a black long-sleeved Micro Modal top by Covered Perfectly. For jewelry, I am wearing my very old rhinestone snowflake pendant bought in the early 90s and a multi-colored-stone bracelet of Tori's that I borrowed from her, made by J. Crew. I like to wear it with my fancy watch.”

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo writes, “I’ve been a bit influenced by the Western styles on Westworld when I came up with this alternative holiday look. A vintage A-line embellished maxi skirt with vintage 1960s gold shoes paired with bright red silk top is fancy yet unconventional for the holidays. Just the way I like it.”

[Editor’s Note: So gorgeous. This is my new favorite picture of Suzanne!]

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life says, “I can sometimes go super glam with the lovely gold dress I found at LuLu’s two years ago, paired with stunning black accessories and a simple braid. It’s a look that was highly affordable, yet totally black-tie worthy.”

[Editor’s Note: Linda looks so beautiful here. This is my new favorite picture of her!]

Glenda of So What To Twenty!

Glenda of So What To Twenty! had a very intriguing (and fun) question for us all:

“Have you ever wondered what a modern day Mrs. Claus would be like? Would she stick with her traditional patchwork maxi-skirt, or would she dare show her knees in a modern scuba mini-skirt? Would she wait at home patiently while her husband delivers the toys, or would she meet with girlfriends for late night drinks, while making sure to check-in with the hubs via Skype? Would she treat the elves to homemade cookies, or would she have gourmet treats delivered? One thing for sure, this modern day woman wouldn’t suffice for Mrs. Claus. ‘No, no, no,’ she would command, ‘Please refer to me as Ms. Claus.’”

[Editor’s Note: I bet Santa would find this Ms. Claus very intriguing (and fun) indeed!]

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley says, “I am wearing a short faux fur-trimmed jacket that I paired with my tulle skirt I picked up in Paris. Tights, black booties, and a top hat finishes off the pieces perfectly for festive holiday gatherings!”

Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish.

Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish wears a Zara emerald green dress, a vintage brooch, an Ann Taylor emerald necklace, and velvet teal heels by ASOS.

Rena of Fine, Whatever.

Rena of Fine, Whatever writes, “For me, there is no other more perfect time to wear sequins and tulle than for a special occasion and this is the outfit I wore recently to a friend’s 50th birthday party. I dubbed it my ‘Party Girl’ look in a post that was on my blog a couple of weeks ago and I can easily see myself wearing it again for New Year’s Eve.”

Jennifer of A Well Styled Life.

Jennifer of A Well Styled Life says, “For an understated look, I chose a front ruffled blouse in soft ivory with classic black pants. I kept everything simple, then added my grandmother’s Art Deco earrings and wore a vintage brooch off-center on the self-tie belt. The earrings and pin are just enough sparkles for me to feel festive and not look like a Christmas Tree.”

Jaymie of Jaymie Ashcraft.

Our new friend Jaymie of Jaymie Ashcraft says, “I love a Little Black Dress for the Holidays! I added this great metallic clutch and a blue necklace to brighten it up!”

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb.

Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb says, “Although I wore this to an awards event I think I may use it as my Christmas party outfit this season and just switch up the accessories. It breaks that rule of not wearing ‘wide with wide’ - both the beautiful white Zara cape and the cropped trousers have an A-line thing going on, but that’s what I love the most about the look and why I think it works. Plus you always need a great accessory for parties - the Paris book clutch is a great conversation-starter!”

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living.

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living says, “When I was younger it seemed like every holiday outfit I wore was uncomfortable. I think I was trying too hard. Now every outfit I wear is so comfortable I could sleep in it, minus the shoes. I’ve learned what I am comfortable in and I go with it. This Clara Sunwoo top is relaxed and simple but has the cold shoulder detail and uneven hem that makes it stand out. I wore it with my Trouvé mixed-media leggings, Michael Kors over-the-knee boots, and a sparkly necklace with matching earrings.”

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness writes, “I've been shopping a couple of times in the past month for something ‘cheap and cheerful’ to add to my very minimal festive party repertoire. But everything I saw was too big, too small, or just plan cheap. So I went home and shopped my closet. And hauled out this red velvet bolero that I bought at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show back in the nineties. I think I paid $10.00 for it. Still, with my black, gauzy, layered Rag & Bone tank from spring 2015, Vince leggings from last year, and a pair of Stuart Weitzman chunky heeled pumps from 2009... I think that old velvet bolero looks pretty darned good. Add a pair of dangling earrings and my chunky bracelet from Montreal jewelry designer Anne-Marie Chagnon ... and I’m ready to party.”

Susana of Style Rescue.

Our other new friend Susana of Style Rescue thinks a holiday party outfit should include items that “will share with everyone your personality, confidence, and style. This is an example of what I am planning to wear for one of my Holiday Parties.”

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge.

Shelbee of Shelbee On the Edge writes, “To add to the holiday spirit, I added my red trench coat as a topper to my black and white swing dress underneath.”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style.

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style says, “With the holidays coming, I love to wear dresses.”

Yvonne of Funky Forty.

Yvonne of Funky Forty says, “This is how I wear my holiday party outfit—with pale pink shoes and nude legs—I love the fact that it’s combining something most people wouldn’t think of.”

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust.

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust says, “Holidays are pretty low-key in my world. This blue velvet duster was the perfect way to dress up a casual look for a Christmas lunch gathering.”

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “This is what I will wear on the day of my daughter’s Holiday Dance recital. The star of this outfit is a sumptuous black brocade coat with velvet cuffs and buttons to add a festive touch, made in America some years back by Nanette Lepore. But underneath this, I have on a plain and utilitarian outfit of #madeinUSA jeans and a black long sleeve T-shirt because I will be helping out with costumes and makeup backstage. The necklace adds a quick pop of color and sparkle.”

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society writes, “I am wearing our Rose Fringe Jacket over our Metallic Gold Graphic Tee and our Black/Pink/Gray Floral Print Scarf, D&G wide leg pants, Hermès belt and Gucci bag. The jacket, top and scarf are all available in our shop, though we are sold out of the statement necklace.”

Nicole of High Latitude Style.

Nicole of High Latitude Style writes, “In interior Alaska, unless you are the hostess, a holiday party means that you have to enter a frigid cold car after the party. Thus, female guests don’t wear the sort of holiday dresses in sequins, chiffon, etc., with high-heeled strappy sandals or pumps (unless they brought them in a bag).”

Charlotte from Jodie’s Touch of Style.

Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style writes of her mother, Charlotte, “So here's my mom, Charlotte, my 70’s model from my blog. This is a preview of our upcoming Holiday Outfit Collaboration to focus on old photos from the past and the fashion in them. And then to see how we would wear the same style or item nowadays! I even let my mom put her own outfit together for this look. Since her favorite color is blue, she chose a blue print velvet skirt. And then to make it more festive, she threw on her gold jacket! I love it when she laughs in the photos—doesn’t it make her whole face light up?”

[Editor’s Note: I agree! And Charlotte’s great smiling laugh always gives me a lift!]

I particularly like wearing this L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic blazer in December since it has a dressy look that is perfect for the holiday season. I love the black floral print against the acid green. I paired it with Brooks Brothers trousers, a 212 Collection blouse, a Carolee necklace, and my mini Chanel bag, which is ideal for a night out. I am going to wear this when I see The Hard Nut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this week, a send-up of The Nutcracker. I hear it’s witty and hilarious.

A Carolee necklace over the L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic blazer.

Tippi decided to step in the frame, as she often does, to see what is going on, so I decided to trade in the bag for her. I call this pose “Don’t Mess with Me or You Will Answer to My Cat.” She may look sweet here, but she is one fierce feline. Since she is a tuxedo, she always has on her Holiday Party Look! God I love a cat in permanent formal wear.

Tippi and me.

I hope every holiday party you attend this season is filled with champagne, friends, laughter, and fun (and maybe a cat or two)!

Let’s kick off 2017 with our tall boots! Even in warmer climes those wardrobe staples are not out of place in January, so style your favorite pair—whether they are to the knee or over it—and join us for “How I Wear My: Tall Boots.” Send photos to us at by January 9, 2017 and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use in the post.

Do swing by Adrienne’s to see even more wonderful Holiday Party Looks. And check back on both blogs on December 21 for our Favorite Looks of 2016.

THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who participated this month and who made both of our posts extra glamorous. We wish you a stellar and safe holiday season and look forward to seeing you in 2017!


Shelbee On The Edge said...

Jill, there are so many gorgeous looks this month! I love all the different holiday styles. What a fabulous post. And your editor's notes are so great! Thank you for all of the hard work put into this series. I always love being a part of this group of amazing women! Happy holidays to all!

By the way, Tippi looks just like my handsome Frankie!


Jaymie Ashcraft said...

All such great looks!!!!!!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

Everyone looks so lovely and cheerful too. I really need to up my outfit bc it is so dull! I need to get out more accessories stat. x

jodie filogomo said...

Your blazer is such a fabulous print, Jill!! I always think of Banana Republic as more work wear, but this can certainly transcend the office!!
Thanks so much for including my mom in your roundup!!
And it was so fun to see Tippi join in on the action. We have a tuxedo cat too (her name is Spookie) and we consider her a rascal!!

Suzanne Carillo said...

Thanks for such a wonderful round up!

You can see the variety in casual gatherings compared to what we normally consider Christmas attire.

I adore all those pieces you picked up from L'Wren Scott.

It's always fun to see pets in photos.


Adrienne Shubin said...

So many festive and glamorous outfits this month! Makes me wish I had gone for a dressier look - but I almost always dress up jeans during the holidays.
So funny that we both posed with our pets this month :)
Here's to Tall Boots for January!
Thank you for another successful calendar year of HIWM!
xo, Adrienne

Ana from Mrs. American Made said...

Jill, that jacket is fabulous!! I love the detail at the waist. Thanks for hosting. Hope you and your have a lovely holiday :) Ana

Jill said...

Hi Shelbee, I loved your look this month. It reminded me of a modern day flapper! And hooray for the tuxedo cats! I wish I could meet your Frankie. I know I would love him. xx

Jill said...

Hi Jaymie, thank you for joining us for the first time! Your look was so classic and elegant and you are gorgeous! xx

Jill said...

Oh Naomi my dear, just add your wonderful VCA pieces to your outfit and that will be lots of great sparkle. Wink! xx

Jill said...

Hi Jodie, I do love it when your mom joins us so I was glad she could be here for this roundup. Oh how I wish I could meet Spookie, I know what you mean about rascal, Tippi is definitely that way. I wonder if that is a cat thing or a tuxedo thing. Ha. xx

GSL said...

{GSL's Note: Jill, fab L'Wren Scott jacket and well accessorized...Mya can take a deep bow too}

Trina Grandinetti said...

Another fun round up! I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how all you gorgeous ladies are decking the halls this season.

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, you looked so beautiful in your photo, it is absolutely my new favorite of you. xx

Jill said...

Adrienne my dear, cheers to you for another year of fashion, friendship and fun. You are a constant inspiration to me. xx

Jill said...

Hi Ana, thank you for being one of our most loyal participants! We are truly grateful. I hope you have a lovely holiday with your family and that your daughter's dance recital was a success! xx

Jill said...

Hi there GSL, every time I put on a L'Wren piece, I admire the design and workmanship and then feel sad that she is gone. I hope all is well with you. Why does the stock market keep going up. I bet you have some thoughts on this. x

Jill said...

Hi Trina! I hope you will join us in January for Tall Boots. We would love to have you with us once again. Happy Holidays to you and your entire family, especially that cute granddaughter of yours. xx

Catherine Summers said...

Oooh Jill I love your blazer with those beads... You look so chic and mysterious!!

Thank you thank you for featuring my outfit, it's one of my favourites from the whole year. You have such an amazing selection of outfits here - Tamera's top hat is so fabulous(!!) and I love Jess's velvet dress. I love how everyone gets their glam on for Christmas...!

Happy Christmas to you, see you in 2017 - thank you to you and Adrienne for all the hard work you put into these HIWMs!

Catherine x

No Fear of Fashion said...

There were many inspiring outfits for me and yours was among them. You always dress very chic.