It’s officially December and the start of holiday party season! The holidays are stressful enough without having to add the extra pressure about what to wear to your office Christmas party, your best friend’s white elephant gift exchange, and the final fashion decision of the year, the dreaded New Year’s Eve outfit debacle. A dress is a traditional fall back for a holiday party. This year, step out of the norm and create a new comfort zone around, well, comfort. Take a look at some of my favorite non-dress party looks to inspire your holiday style this year.
With the holiday season in full swing, I am entering into constant holiday dressing mode. I love to dress with a festive twist the whole month of December to keep in the spirit. Of course, when dressing for a particular holiday or season, I immediately think of seasonal colors that I can play up and pair. This time of year, red and green are the most popular colors when it comes to Christmas decorating, but they are not always the easiest colors to pair together without looking like a walking Christmas tree decoration.
The holiday season is officially upon us, and for many that means traveling to visit family and friends. Traveling in general, no matter the time of year is stressful; planning, preparing and packing, and the actual act of the travel whether via plane, car, or train is the most painful part. The holidays tend to put an extra edge on traveling, but there are ways to lessen the impact. Ease your travel stress by eliminating packing stress and remorse with these 5 simple packing tips.
Make a List
Make a list and check it twice! The simple act of writing things down will help you remember to pack them, and double checking to be sure will help avoid anything important is left behind.
Plan Outfits Ahead Of Time
Have a habit of throwing pieces into your suitcase and not knowing how to put them together once you reach your destination. Save yourself time and dressing stress by planning your outfits for each day and activity ahead of time. Take it a step further and take pictures of your planned outfits so you don’t forget!
Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes allow you to separate items by category (toiletries, intimates, active wear, etc.), events, or people (if you are sharing luggage). They also ensure everything you pack stays organized throughout the manhandling your luggage will inevitably receive during travel.
Pack Trusted Pieces
It’s always tempting to shop for new clothes for your holiday getaway; who doesn’t want to go home and impress their family and old friends? But you don’t want to be stuck with clothes you’ve never properly worn before and potentially being uncomfortable not knowing that your new sweater was so itchy or those new jeans stretch out too much after only an hour of wear. Pack trusted pieces that you know you look and feel good in.
Weigh Your Luggage
Portable luggage scales are inexpensive and eliminate the guessing game of how much your luggage weighs before getting to the airport. Knowing your luggage weight beforehand will give you a chance to reevaluate what you’re packing without having to struggle at the airport with rearranging between bags, buying an extra bag, or paying avoidable fees.
With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to start prepping the ultimate costume if you haven’t already! The great part? A lot of these outfits can be re-created with what you already have in your closet! So, whether you’re staying at home watching Hocus Pocus with the gals or trying to win for “Best Costume,” there’s a Halloween costume for everyone.
Check out a few of our favorite blogger costumes for some inspiration:
The antiquated no-white-after-Labor-Day rule appears to have originated in the late 19th century, when white was considered only proper for summer vacation attire (before bare arms and legs were appropriate, color and fabric were often the only difference between seasonal clothing). After Labor Day became a federal holiday, it unofficially signaled the end of the summer and vacations, meaning there was no longer a need to wear vacation clothing—so all white clothing was put away until the next year. Darker color clothing was a signal for the end of summer and a return to work.
Thankfully, somewhere between then and now, this arbitrary fashion rule has become outdated. Fashion and lifestyle have evolved and there are many more ways to keep cool in the summer besides lightweight white pieces. Lucky for us, that means we get to wear our favorite white pieces year round. Take a look at some of the most chic ways to wear white after Labor Day this year!
When updating your fall wardrobe, pick up a cozy cable knit sweater in white or cream.
A white denim jacket brings a fresh perspective to a those gloomy fall days.
Blazers are the perfect transition piece. Dress down a white blazer by pairing it with jeans and sneakers.
Add a trendy pair of white wide-leg pants or denim into your fall wardrobe rotation.
Don’t pack away your silky slip dresses just yet. Layer a blazer or an oversized sweater to get more wear out of them.
Dare to wear an all-white outfit with dark accessories for a chic autumn look.