The holiday season is in full swing and you’re probably getting party invites left and right: happy hours, gift exchanges, the annual work Christmas party, and more! Not all of these parties require a shopping trip and a brand new outfit; most likely, there’s a party outfit just waiting to be put together in your closet. Check out some of my favorite blogger-inspired looks to inspire your holiday party ensembles for the season.
A happy hour invite will inevitably come up during the holiday season, and being prepared to go from work to drinks will help lessen stress when you get a last-minute invite. Trust your favorite blouse-and-trousers combo to take you from your office to a fun evening out.
A gift exchange party should be fun and casual. I love the idea of a blouse or sweater with an embellishment—like ruffles or bell sleeves—plus some dark denim and a pair of statement flats, like Christina’s outfit above. Add a dramatic lip and you’ll be ready for some holiday fun!
Dinner out is a wonderful excuse to dress up, no matter the time of year! Restaurants are festive, people are happy, and the wine is flowing. Liz of Late Afternoon recently wore this beautiful velvet, dark floral print dress, showing off two of this season’s biggest trends. Perfect for a dinner out to celebrate the holiday season!
If you’re attending or hosting a formal holiday dinner party, you’ll want to dress to impress but also be comfortable enough to last through the evening. Try something new, like a menswear-inspired suit. It’s the perfect way to stand out and impress your friends at your dinner party. Go with a navy or a deep green color, and throw on a faux fur coat like Mary from Memorandum.
Your annual work party is a time to celebrate with your coworkers, but you’ll still want to keep an air of professionalism. Remember, you’ll have to go back to work on Monday! There is no such thing as being overdressed during the holiday season, so add some sparkle and glam to your outfit with metallic accessories and statement pieces.
Every girl should own a classic blazer. Oversized and slouchy or structured and chic, a blazer is the perfect transitional weather layering piece and can elevate any outfit. The bloggers below have mastered the blazer. They know when to layer it under jackets and scarves and when to keep it simple—either way, they keep the blazer the star of the outfit.
Check out some of my favorite ways to wear a blazer this fall!
Beth Jones, B. Jones Style
In this perfect fall outfit, Beth layers her blazer over a pair of slouchy overalls for a fun menswear-inspired look!
Brittany Xavier, Thrifts and Threads
Brittany pairs an oversized blazer over an otherwise casual look to create a chic weekend look anyone can pull off.
Jacey Duprie, Damsel in Dior
I absolutely love the color combination of Jacey’s outfit! Don’t be afraid to look for blazers in rich colors, textures, and fabrics for fall and combine them with complementary colors.
Sneakers, skinnies, and a layered blazer make the perfect tomboy look for fall.
Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller
Leandra is arguably the queen of blazers, and one of my favorite blazer looks of hers mixes some of the best fall trends: stripes, scarves, and over-the-knee boots!
Alexandra Pereira, Lovely Pepa
If you are new to wearing blazers, I’d recommend using Alexandra’s outfit for inspiration; it’s chic, comfortable, and attainable!
Erica Hoida, Fashioned Chic
Edgy and chic, using a blazer as a layering piece under a coat will take you from day to night, any time of the year.
Once fall arrived, I realized my denim game could use a much-needed upgrade. I knew exactly where to go for some serious denim inspiration: self-proclaimed denim junkie Courtney of Pretty Little Fawn, because she’s my personal denim guru.
A great pair of dark denim is the perfect beginning to any fall/winter outfit. Courtney and I both naturally gravitate towards high-waisted skinny cropped denim, but this season I’m equally attracted to cropped flares, edgy distressed, and vintage-inspired styles too!
Courtney’s denim motto (and ours) is “MORE DENIM. ALL DENIM ALL THE TIME,” so I picked out a couple of styles right off our sales floor featuring brands that she swears by, including BDG, Levi’s, Zara, and Madewell.
Fashion and style bloggers are so successful because we are able to see “normal” people (versus models and celebrities dressed by professional stylists, or magazine editors forcing their trend agendas onto us) and get inspired by attainable fashion. The majority of my everyday style inspiration comes from the hundreds of blogs that I follow.
I tend to need the most inspiration when the seasons transition. Fall is my favorite season for dressing, but the California weather holds off on cooling down a bit longer than other areas. So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite fall looks and style trends from bloggers to inspire all of us this new season!
Dylana Suarez, Dylana Suarez – The Leather Skirt
Leather adds some weight to your skirts before it gets too cold. Stray from the usual black or tan, and have fun with pattern and color.
Grasie Mercedes, Grasie Mercedes – The Lace Cami
Danielle Bernstein, We Wore What – Texture
Ribbed knits, cable knits, corduroy, and any other thick texture are the perfect way to add weight and interest to your fall wardrobe. I am loving Danielle’s corduroy overalls.
Christina Martinez, New Darling – Flats
In the last year, flats like loafers, slides, and sneakers have kicked heels out of the spotlight—and our feet could not be happier. Christina shows us a simple, chic way to wear your flats for the perfect Fall look.
Tine Andrea, Fashion Eaters – The Cropped Trouser
Wide leg or skinny, the cropped trouser (or jean!) is the perfect chic outfit detail.
Jacky, Whaelse – The Bomber Jacket
The bomber jacket continues to be the “it” jacket of the season, and it’s the perfect layer for this transitional, temperamental weather.
Tara Gibson, Jimmy Choos & Tennis Shoes – Fall Florals
While florals for spring are a perennial trend, floral prints in fall are newer and more unexpected. Look for darker colors and thicker fabrics.
I have a strange fascination for seeing how people live; I love open houses, taking tours of friend’s homes, marathoning HGTV, and taking a peak at fashion bloggers’ closet tours. My own closet is a complete disaster. I don’t have enough hangers, space, or organizational skills to create the closet of my dreams, so I live vicariously through some of my favorite bloggers who have managed to create their own tiny fashion utopias. Check out some of the fashion bloggers who have let their readers into their epic closets!
Beth Jones, B. Jones Style
Beth is one of my favorite bloggers because of her down to earth, approachable attitude and amazing thrifted finds. She shares some of her favorite vintage and thrifted finds in her closet tour and can we just agree that her closet is #goals? Check out her closet tour here:
Aimee Song, Song of Style
In the years since Aimee has posted her closet tour, I am sure it has grown threefold! I love the little oasis she created for herself. Talk about closet envy! Check out her closet tour here:
Carli Bybel, @thefashionbybel
With more than a million followers on Instagram, Carli certainly knows a thing or two about fashion! Her closet is a bit of a dream! Check out her closet tour here:
Jessie Artigue, Style & Pepper
Take a peak into Jessie’s coloful closet and some of her favorite finds! Check out her closet tour here:
Bethany Struble, Bethany Stuble
Another Crossroads Style Council member, Bethany has always been a style inspiration to me. I strive for her minimalistic, effortless, chic style. Check out her closet photos here.
Michelle Madsen, Take Aim
Michelle is a blogger that I have been following a long time (I tend to copy her outfits when I am in need of instant inspiration!). Take a peak into her closet in her Refinery29 feature, here.
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