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Holiday Style Guide: Dress to Impress this Holiday Season

by Erin O’Donnell

If you’re going to a family gathering this holiday season or out with friends for New Years Eve, it can be tricky to decide what to wear. Here are some suggestions on how to dress warm in the winter weather, while still looking chic.

If you’re spending Christmas at home with family and loved ones, a simple festive colored sweater looks great with everything. For a classic look, go for a white collared shirt under a red or green sweater. Sweaters with sparkles stitched into it add more glamour to the look. A cardigan sweater is nice to wear over a velvet dress and solid black tights. A sweater with a pattern like snowflakes, sometimes called an “ugly Christmas sweater,” are very popular and can easily be found at thrift stores. At family Christmas parties, there is usually a lot of eating, drinking and chatting, so you’ll want to be comfortable. Skip the uncomfortable skinny jeans and opt for leggings or a loose fitting skirt. The comfier the better, because with family, it’s time to relax during the holidays together.

On New Years Eve, it can be a magical night out with friends or even just staying home with loved ones watching the ball drop. If you decide to go out, try for something a little dressier and festive. Delicate fabrics like silk look beautiful at night. Wearing a silk top with a skirt and jacket is a great look for a night out. Sequin dresses and tops are popular every year on New Years Eve. They look great if you’re going out to a bar or to a friend’s house to countdown the night. If you decide to wear the sequin dress or top, try keeping the rest of your outfit subtle so it’s not overpowering. A black skirt or pants can streamline the look and balance out the loudness of the sequins. Definitely grab a jacket because it’s usually a cold night. A black leather jacket is a great way to toughen up a feminine dress, and a classic way to complete your night out look.

If you and friends are feeling adventurous and decide to go to New York City for the New Years Eve ball drop in Times Square, that’s a different story. Don’t dress for style but for comfort and warmth. Layers are key here! I personally have gone to the ball drop in New York City to ring in 2012 and it’s quite an ordeal, but worth it. You arrive by train by 10 a.m.,  make it over to Times Square by noon and that is when they start letting the public into the barricades. You’ll go through extensive security checks and metal detectors, once you’re in the barricades you cannot leave, be sure to pack a few light snacks. It’s a long 12 hours standing in the cold and sometimes in the rain or snow, but it’s an incredible experience you can’t get anywhere else. Certainly dress warm with a lot of layers, hats and gloves. Make sure to wear warm, weatherproof footwear, that can still be worn out for drinks after midnight.

No matter what you do this holiday season, there will surely be an outfit for you to wear that will be stylish and keep with the festive spirit.