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An easy holiday outfit formula

An easy holiday outfit idea: Susan B. wears a metallic Momoni top with brown corduroy jeans and brown boots.

Our holiday gatherings tend to be casual and low-key, nothing fancy or formal. This easy, Festive-Not-Fussy holiday outfit is comfortable and features pieces that can easily be re-mixed with others in my wardrobe.

A casual holiday party look

earrings (similar) | necklace | top | bracelet | pants (similar) | boots (similar)

My go-to formula? A bit of sparkle + plush texture makes a simple outfit feel more party-ready. I could easily dial up this look by adding more or different jewelry and perhaps switching out the suede boots for metallic or patent leather.

Susan B. wears a gold medallion necklace, sparkly brown top, brown corduroy jeans and holds a yellow leather jacket.

This sparkly top is the perfect blend of festive and relaxed. It’s from Italian brand Momoni, and I purchased in Milan. (I’m wearing the Small, and would probably size down if I purchased again.)

It’s lightweight enough for mild climates (or overheated interiors) and layers easily underneath a jacket.

Here are a few more sparkly tops:

These corduroy jeans are a great Little Black Pants alternative. They’re from US brand AG, but I purchased them in London while shopping with Annie (and had them hemmed once home). I haven’t found this color anywhere online since, so am glad I snapped them up. The color IRL is a warm dark chocolate.

The boots were also a London purchase, from a new-to-me brand, Blue Velvet. (Made in Italy.) They don’t seem to ship outside the UK; here are some similar boot styles:

Someone asked last week about this mustard yellow leather jacket I purchased not long after my color analysis in 2019. I still have it, and still wear it! (It’s Lafayette 148 NY, purchased from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.)

Easy holiday outfit: Susan B. wears a yellow leather jacket, sparkly brown top, brown corduroys, brown boots.

One of the best things I’ve found about shopping within my seasonal palette (Spring) and Gamine style profile is that everything works together! My wardrobe is more cohesive, and I’m able to easily combine older with newer pieces.

More leather and faux leather jackets:

Do you have a go-to formula for easy holiday outfits?

Stay in touch.

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17 Comments

  1. BeckyH
    November 15, 2021 / 4:34 am

    I am loving seeing the beautiful and thoughtfully selected pieces you picked up in Europe! They are adding so much color, texture and pattern to your wardrobe in lovely fabric and cuts. I am having fun following the links and discovering new to me brands. Would love to hear more in depth about your shopping trip with Annie.

  2. Lori
    November 15, 2021 / 4:53 am

    I like simple too. I have a gold sparkle sweater I wear with neutral dark velvet pants and a sparkle brocade bootie. I’ve worn this for several years! Similar outfit formula to yours!

    • Jill
      November 15, 2021 / 5:19 am

      That is a beautiful look for the holidays! I do have a question, do you ever find yourself growing tired of pieces that are more bold and colorful(such as jacket)? When I buy things in my color palette that really make a statement, sometimes after wearing it a few times I feel like I’m over it(even if it looks great on me). I don’t feel this way with my blacks/creams/navys and other neutrals. This is not meant to disparage your color journey, just an observation from my personal experience. I am curious as to your thoughts?

  3. November 15, 2021 / 5:21 am

    Ooh- I love this combination of colors and textures!!! (seriously – half of my wardrobe now comes from your ideas!!! – gratzie mille!!) 😀

  4. J
    November 15, 2021 / 6:27 am

    I like the idea of festive and not fussy. You can relax more and feel at ease. I have a long sleeve top I got several years ago, black and silver, very subtle sparkles and it’s a nice stripe. A pair of black jeans, or pants, or skirt, and my black leather jacket and I’m good to go! Happy Holidays

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      November 16, 2021 / 4:16 pm

      It is also far more environmentally sustainable. People can look just as chic without obsessive purchase of “fast fashion”. I think the awareness of many people is evolving, and it doesn’t condemn us (even those of limited means) to walking around in sullen rags.

  5. Eve
    November 15, 2021 / 7:21 am

    I have a cream sweater with sparkles thst I wear with my black silk pants and metallic flats. Looks plenty festive and I can change top or bottom if I need a change because they are neutrals. I love the colors of the pants and top.

  6. November 15, 2021 / 7:40 am

    Love this! Let’s have a party!

  7. Karen B
    November 15, 2021 / 8:15 am

    Beautiful party outfit! I love all the beautiful pieces you got while in Europe!

  8. November 15, 2021 / 9:08 am

    Yes, getting your colour and style profile really helped. I usually don’t stick with it enough, but lots of my items do go together.
    I think your chocolate brown outfit is excellent. The top screams quality to me, as do the trousers.
    That jacket proves to be worth its money, right?
    Greetje

  9. Lagatta de Montréal
    November 15, 2021 / 9:49 am

    I love those velvety suede ankle boots. I think they are far more chic than shiny material, and probably extremely comfy. The “holidays” (Les fêtes, in French) don’t mean much to me as I don’t celebrate any religious holidays or stay up very late on New Year’s Eve, but it is an opportunity to see friends who might be too busy at other times. These holidays are based on natural origins, as it is the shortest day – in the Northern hemisphere, and the return of the light. Happy Solstice!

  10. November 15, 2021 / 4:21 pm

    Love the top and the jacket! I can agree about how much easier it is to put things together now that I am following my colors and style. Your recent shopping yielded amazing results!!

  11. Carol
    November 15, 2021 / 5:47 pm

    Girl!!! You’ve outdone yourself. I’m lovin’ the non-denim look. Simply fabulous!!! It seems like ages ago since I’ve donned a holiday outfit and with no special plans for the upcoming holidays, I will strive for effortless chic. It’s still important to show up for myself.

  12. Ainsivalavie
    November 15, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    Where I live we remove boots at the door because of the slush and snow and lately I find people prefer guests and visitors to not wear outdoor shoes inside even to the point of providing slippers! If visiting friends for a ‘cinq à sept’ I have a chic little pair of flat silver mules to wear once the snow boots are removed and I wear them when entertaining as well. I feel that the big ass Holiday parties of yore are passé now so comfortable yet still luxurious is nice. Velvet or leather leggings/jeans with a velvet or cashmere top will suffice. Jewelry adds enough sparkle whether real or costume. A nice manicure and ready to go!
    I am on the fence about wearing scent to someone’s home
    as it can be offensive to some people so I usually don’t bother.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      November 16, 2021 / 4:19 pm

      Ainsivalavie, I live in Montréal and it is considered very rude to wear “outdoor shoes” when visiting in winter. Perhaps you live in a similar climate?

  13. Anne
    November 15, 2021 / 7:07 pm

    So true, it’s always so hot in my house on Thanksgiving. I wind up changing into a short sleeve top!

  14. Berenice Wolpin
    November 18, 2021 / 4:54 pm

    Another winner. Those chocolate pants are divine – to my old eyes they look more like a plush velvet than corduroy. Love that classic boot as well,a although I’ve gotten to the point where a heel that is more than a single inch feels like too much effort!

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