Halloween is well and truly over, and Remembrance Day is less than a week away. This means that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at local stores. Many Vancouver moms have already bought special outfits for their little ones, so they can look their best in this year’s holiday cards, or when sitting on Santa’s knee. But what about for yourself? Today we have holiday fashion tips to keep you looking your best well into the New Year.
Holiday Fashion Tips for Grown-Ups
Many Vancouver moms attend parties with their children over the holiday season. The challenge here is to choose something that you can move in that still looks good. We suggest long layers on top, and skinny, stretchy pants on the bottom. Add in a great flat boot and a nice bag that can hold it all, and you’re set. When you’re celebrating with kids you can also go all-in on the holiday theme, adding a Santa hat or antlers, or opting for holiday colours. The kids will love that you’re getting into it, and by choosing pieces that make you feel good you’ll look your best while you’re doing it.
The Office Party
Holiday fashion at the office party is going to be more formal and subdued than the children’s party. The key here is to look festive while maintaining your professionalism. We suggest the maxi dress, which is very much on-trend, in black, white or jewel tones. Plus – bonus points – maxi dresses are very comfortable. Dress it up with well-chosen accessories and killer heels. Add a wrap to keep you cozy, and you’ll look great without risking a wardrobe malfunction in front of your boss.
Holiday fashion for Christmas dinner will be a little more dressed-down and flexible than for the office party. You can also opt for a dress, skirt or pants, depending on what you feel best in. If you’re going for a dress we suggest just above the knee and sleeveless. There are lots of options to choose from this season, and you’ll be striking the perfect festive note. If you go for pants we suggest slouchy trousers paired with a sleeveless top. If you’re not comfortable baring your arms, sheer sleeves are also big this season, and make for a great holiday fashion compromise.
When it comes to holiday fashion, the sweater has gotten a bad rap. In fairness, there are a lot of ugly Christmas sweaters floating around. However, when it comes to holiday brunch the sweater can’t be beat. It’s comfortable, cozy and casually dressy. Steer clear of anything obviously holiday-themed, and keep it sleek and fitted. Add a great scarf or a well-chosen necklace, and you’ll pull the look together without looking like you escaped from 1983.
Looking at the Lights
A lot of holiday activities will have you heading outside, whether you’re looking at lights in your neighbourhood, picking up your Christmas tree, or riding the train during Bright Nights at Stanley Park. This is where your holiday fashion will take a turn to the practical, which in Vancouver means choosing something to keep you both warm and dry. Look for a great coat in waterproof fabrics with a hood, just in case. Don’t forget your umbrella at home if rain is in the forecast … and sometimes even if it’s not. If the weather is clear and cold, choose a cozy hat in a bright colour to keep your look fresh and your head warm.
Whatever you’re shopping for, don’t forget to bring along a friend who can tell it like it is. Not only is shopping more fun when you’re with someone else, you can keep each other from committing a serious holiday fashion faux pas. One great event that will help everyone get off to a great start is Art Knapp’s Ladies’ Night. Happening on November 16 and 17, 2013, there will be door prizes, food and drink, and a fashion show at their downtown store. Plus, you’ll save 15% on all your purchases, and 5% of sales go to JDRF. Everyone wins!
What are your holiday fashion must-haves? Leave a reply and let us know!
This article was sponsored by Art Knapp. You probably already know Art Knapp has a full selection of unique, quality products for the garden and home. But you may not associate them with a refreshing women’s fashion department that includes funky and modern clothing, scarves, shoes and jewelry. Prepare to be amazed! Art Knapp’s extensive line of fresh women’s clothing offers quality, inspiring pieces at an affordable price. You’ll find great accessories like purses, scarves, shoes and hats as well. They’ve got everything you need to help you pull together some fabulous holiday fashion – and to get your Christmas shopping off to a great start.
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Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.