Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What to Wear: Low Key Christmas Parties

In our last few posts, we've been talking about "What to Wear" to fancy schmancy corporate parties and cocktail parties (see here, here, here, and here).  Today, we wanted to switch gears to talk about those more low key events - cookie swaps, wrapping parties, lunch with girlfriends, or even a brunch party (which is what I'm hosting this year!). 

Briana and I saw an edition of Veranda, which is a home decor magazine, titled "Relaxed Glamour."  Even though that was for home decor, we liked the sentiment and I certainly think it applies to these types of events...nothing too fussy or stiff.  Flowing or soft fabrics are great for achieving this look and will also keep you comfortable and warm.  Keep your heel height low or non-existent and take this time to relax.  Even though you probably put a lot of thought into your outfits, try to keep the effortless feel and use minimal accessories (a simple pair of silver or gold hoops, delicate bracelets, or one long exception to this could be a bright scarf).  This is not the time to splurge on a whole new mini-wardrobe for all these events.  Work with what you have in your closet or can borrow from girlfriends.  These are just ideas to get you started:

J.Crew - $89.50

Lilly Pulitzer - $168

Zara - $79.90

Zara - $59.90

Ann Taylor Loft - $69.50

Each one of those tops has a great detail and could easily be re-worn.  I love the festive bows on the J.Crew top, pair it with a black sweater if you need to tone it down.  Everything else is really wearable.

Pair your top with black leggings or skinny pants (check out our review of the Lilly Pulitzer Travel Pant!).  Make sure your shirt covers your tush if you are opting for leggings!  Another great choice would be a fun casual print dress like this one:

Boden - $103
I'm loving this whole look!  You can pair any of these choices with knee high boots or flats.  Smoking loafers would look especially fun and on trend with the leggings and if you've got the legs for them, booties are also a great option.  Have fun with your girlfriends, neighbors, and try to schedule a date with your significant other!  What low-key parties are you headed to this season?  Did we miss any fun or unique types of events?

Did you enjoy this post? You can read the full What to Wear series, or check out the links below for similar posts.

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