The holiday season is upon us — or, more accurately, the holiday party season is upon us. Which means champagne toasts, bright red lipstick, and more sparkles than a Vegas showgirl.
But first things first: It’s time to get serious about our holiday fashion game plan.
Between the office potlucks, family reunions, and BFF gift exchanges, this season is nothing if not busy. More often than not, we find ourselves without ample (let alone any) time to get our look together for whatever soirée we’re headed to.
This frenzied holiday lifestyle is good for our social calendars but oh-so-bad for our fashion sense. It’s basically impossible to look festive and chic when you have little to no time to plan a cute outfit.
Here’s the good news, though: Sometimes all it takes to turn an everyday outfit into something party-worthy is adding a small (but premium!) upgrade. Whether it’s changing into a metallic bootie or adding a chic Timex watch to your wrist, it’s amazing the difference one small touch of luxury can make.
So next time you’re running from one commitment to the next and feeling totally underdressed, don’t freak out. Just take a moment to add the perfect accent to your look – you won’t regret it.
Here are 5 easy ways to upgrade your outfit and get holiday party ready – fast.
1. Throw on some faux fur
There’s no better way to add a little elegance to your look than with a touch of fur (faux, of course – we’re not monsters). Whether you’re draping a cream-colored stole over a black jumpsuit or layering a fuzzy hoodie over a simple bodycon dress, faux fur is guaranteed to help you achieve that elusive mix of sophisticated and high-fashion.
What more could a girl ask for?
Featuring: Story of Lola Faux Fur Hoodie; Topshop Faux Fur Stole; Zara Faux Fur Top in Sand; Topshop Faux Fur Hook & Eye Gilet
2. When in doubt, go with gold
Some might say that red and green are the official colors of the holiday season; but when it comes to fashion, we beg to differ. In our world, the holidays mean you wear something gold. Period.
The perfect gold accessory can transform a *nice* outfit into an unforgettable one. And when it comes to dressing for a holiday party, who wants to be forgettable? So whether you’re taking your wrist candy game up a notch with a gorgeous Timex Metropolitan watch or grabbing a simple chain clutch, gold is always a good idea.
Featuring: Topshop Matte Arrow Shape Earrings; Topshop Gold Chainmail Zip Top Purse; Timex Metropolitan Watch in Gold; Topshop Hot Toddy Pointed Boots
3. Turn your outfit inside out
By now you’ve probably heard of the "underwear as outerwear" trend. While we’re by no mean suggesting you arrive half-dressed to your holiday shindig (unless that’s the theme?), we DO love the idea of adding a sexy accent to an otherwise conservative outfit.
Get the look by switching out your blouse for a clingy bodysuit or replacing basic black tights with some lacy thigh-high stockings. Whatever your style, we can guarantee that showing off a little lingerie will turn heads and drop jaws — in the classiest way possible, of course.
Featuring: ASOS 15 Denier Lace Top Stockings; Topshop Lace Slip Hybrid Knitted Jumper; Topshop Longline Padded Bralet in Nude; KENDALL + KYLIE V-Neck Body
4. Add a little giltz and glamour to your look
Is there anything more fun than sparkles and sequins? We don’t think so — especially when it comes to giving your outfit a little facelift.
Keep it tastefully understated by choosing ONE element of your ensemble to glitter-fy — like your heels or shawl — for a look that says "cheery," not "cheesy."
Featuring: Topshop Glitter Cat Ears; Topshop Large Sequin Scrunchie in Silver; Topshop Sequin Embellished Kimono Throw; RAZZLE Glitter Block Heel Sandals
5. Stick to sheer
Sometimes less really is more. This is particularly true when it comes to holiday party fashion. In a pinch, replacing one piece of your run-of-the-mill outfit with something sheer, sexy, and barely-there is the best way to go.
Whether you pair some lacy socks with your heels (yes, you CAN pull off this look) or layer a gauzy wrap dress over a slip with tights, slipping into something sheer is a surefire way to get festive — fast.
Featuring: Topshop Embroidered Floral Mesh Top; Jonathon Aston Sweet Roses Ankle Socks; TALL Lettuce Sleeve Metallic Top; Zara Beaded Dress in Nude Pink
This post is sponsored by Timex.