2 Bloggers Show Us How to Style Traditional + Non-Traditional Holiday Party Dresses
How to Style a Non-Red or Green Dress This Holiday
Britt: The holidays are my favorite time of year — multiple excuses to get dressed up and wear those party dresses that have been sitting in my closet for far too long! Since I tend not to wear a lot of red or green, my holiday style is all about rich textures and fabrics. There is something about this season that makes me want to wear velvet and lace non-stop.
#StyleHack: As much as I love rich fabrics, they tend to be a bit bulkier and stiffer than your standard cotton or jersey dresses. Therefore, my style hack for the holiday season is to pick not only a festive fabric, but also a flattering silhouette. My go-to is the fit and flare, a style that’s universally flattering on all body types and perfect for doing a little dancing! Use a belt to exaggerate your curves even more — I like a thin belt in a subtle contrast color to keep things chic. Add the flare with a metallic mani and a quirky clutch.
How to Style Traditional Colors for the Holidays
Whit: If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to holiday colors, you can’t go wrong with a festive red or green look. I’m a big believer in sticking to the festive palette — my holiday style mantra is “Go bold!”
I got this dress in 2007 at Zara while I was in Paris. It’s so old, but it’s such a classic piece. I love the high neck collar and cut across the front that makes it feel trendy. It’s a piece I always pull out around the holidays because of the bold red color.
#StyleHack: Style your favorite red or green piece with classic wardrobe staples in neutral tones to keep it feeling anything but cheesy. You can’t go wrong with pieces like a badass biker jacket, haul-everywhere clutch and minimalist strappy heels that’ll tone down the vibrance but amp up the elegance. If you prefer not to go all-over red like the sheath dress I’m wearing, reverse the color combo and amp up your LBD with accessories in fun holiday colors (and, of course, a red lip!).
Britt and Whit are San Francisco style bloggers, but really feel more like your fashion girl bffs — you know, those gals who know how to throw together the most on-point outfit like that. All through December, they’re sharing their best cold weather style hacks! Check back here for tips on how to nail your trickiest winter style dilemmas.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!