Photo via H&M
The holiday season is already upon us, as we start to compile our wishlists and our seemingly endless to-do's. And while it's easy to let our wardrobes take a backseat since we have so many other things to check off our lists, here's some holiday food-for-thought for you. How can you take care of others when you haven't taken care of yourself? How can you shop when you're not properly outfitted? How, pray tell, can you host a holiday party when you're not the best-dressed babe in the room?
And so, I've put together the ultimate holiday wardrobe for you, from the coziest jammies (consider them your down-time partners in crime), to the best boots (some snow-friendly, some sparkly), to the most stunning party pieces to get you through the holidays in enviable style.
It's all about holiday survival, ladies. And if survival requires shopping, you know I'm all for it.
HOLIDAY MUST: A DOWN VEST
WHY WE LOVE IT: The classic way to wear this festive piece is over a sweater, of course. But why stop there? We'll be rocking this vest layered over our less-bulky coats and under our jackets so just a hint of that stunning red peeks out. Um, best Christmas photoshoot ever?!
OUR PICK: Fur-Trim Down Puffer Vest, $108, GAP
HOLIDAY MUST: A FAIR-ISLE SWEATER
WHY WE LOVE IT: Whether you ski or not, a fair-isle sweater is the perfect festive piece for the holiday season. We love how the graphic pattern makes a big impact when our coats are undone and while we love brights, this subtly modern navy & white version is extra versatile and would look gorgeous paired up with the season's reds, golds and greens.
OUR PICK: Fair-Isle Crew Sweater, $54.95, GAP
HOLIDAY MUST: GO-ANYWHERE WINTER BOOTS
WHY WE LOVE THEM: Let's face it: winter sucks when your feet are cold. If you don't already own a pair of ready-for-anything winter boots (or if your old one's have seen better days), time to invest in a pair of Sorels. The Conquest Carly will keep your feet toasty, of course, but since they're so beautifully designed, you can wear them anywhere and not feel clunky.
HOLIDAY MUST: PLAID FLANNEL JAMMIES
WHY WE LOVE THEM: Fine, flannel jammies might not be the sexiest thing on this list but we don't care. The holidays are all about cozying up by the fire with your favourites, a marathon movie sesh playing in the background (Elf, Christmas Vacation and Love, Actually for me, please), and a hot drink or two. Thanks to its perfect plaid, roll-up arm tabs and regular and long leg lengths, these jammies will keep you comfy and stylish while you lounge.
HOLIDAY MUST: LUXE-LOOKING GLOVES
WHY WE LOVE THEM: Nothing ruins a perfect holiday look like a pair of massive oven-mitt ski gloves. Buzz kill, right? Unless you're a toddler, a pair of luxe-looking gloves are essential for those many times over the holidays that you'll need to dress up, from work dinners to holiday cocktail parties and everything in between.
OUR PICK: Beckley Knit Foldover Glove, $49, Danier
HOLIDAY MUST: A TEDDY BEAR COAT
WHY WE LOVE IT: When Kate Bosworth stepped out the other week in her teddy bear coat, everyone wanted to snuggle. While puffers and parkas are always practical, the holiday season calls for something a little more fun. This teddy bear coat would look gorgeous with a black turtleneck, black leggings and black gloves (see above), but would also look cute with everything from jeans to your party dresses.
HOLIDAY MUST: A PERFECT PARTY DRESS
WHY WE LOVE IT: Every woman needs one stellar party dress to bust out should a last-minute party invite land in her inbox. Since you probably already own an LBD, might we suggest navy? This playful paint splatter frock is made for party season and its flattering cut will ensure that you can properly indulge in those cocktails and canapés.
OUR PICK: Splatter Fit & Flare Dress, $98, GAP
HOLIDAY MUST: SPARKLY EARRINGS
WHY WE LOVE THEM: We've featured this perfect pair of earrings before and for good reason: they're luxuriously oversized, decadently sparkly and since they're made of Swarovski crystals rather than diamonds, relatively affordable. If you're the type to keep your jewels understated, the holidays are the perfect chance for you to amp things up. As they say, 'tis the season...
HOLIDAY MUST: BOLD RED LIPSTICK
WHY WE LOVE IT: Nude gloss, muted pinks and Chapstick are fine for every day but if there's one time of year where you can justify a bright pout, it's now. From mistletoe meet-ups to champagne pops at midnight, this celeb-preferred red from NARS will help you leave your mark this season. Mwah!
OUR PICK: NARS Lipstick in Heat Wave, $32, Sephora
HOLIDAY MUST: A TUXEDO JACKET
WHY WE LOVE IT: Searching for a versatile piece to update your holiday wardrobe? Whether you feel like wearing jeans and a white button-down, a sparkly party dress or a pair of tailored black trousers, a festive tuxedo jacket will put the finishing touch on any outfit.
OUR PICK: Dinner Jacket, $59.95, H&M
HOLIDAY MUST: STATEMENT ANKLE BOOTS
WHY WE LOVE THEM: There are days in December where wearing a skirt or dress just sounds, well, kinda painful. I mean, -21 with a windchill of -90? Pants, please! One way of dressing up any pair of pants is to simply add a pair of statement booties. Since we can't get enough glitter over the holidays, these sparkly beauties instantly caught our eye. PS - For those less chilly days, these boots would look amazing with a little black dress, too, BTW.
OUR PICK: Glitter Lace-Up Booties, $120, ALDO
HOLIDAY MUST: A SLEEK JUMPSUIT
WHY WE LOVE IT: If you've always loved the idea of a jumpsuit but just haven't had the guts to wear one, the holidays are the perfect time to finally jump in. A sleek black jumpsuit is a super fun alternative to a dress for any festive fête and can be worn solo, under a sparkly long cardi, or with a tuxedo jacket. You can do this!
HOLIDAY MUST: A METALLIC MINI BAG
WHY WE LOVE IT: Your black bag just isn't going to cut it when party season rolls around. If you like to stay practical (ie. you like your bags with a strap), but are searching for something a little more celebratory, you can never go wrong with a chic metallic mini bag. We love this muted gold crossbody from Coach - not too loud and not too little. In a word: MUST.