Standing out in a sea of red and green is hard come holiday time — you want to inject your #OOTD with a healthy dose of festive flair, but blending in with the crowd just isn’t an option. So what’s an Instababe such as yourself to do? Your first order of business: Ditch the sequin-studded holiday dress. Yup — we said it. We love a good bit of glitz — don’t get us wrong — but to assert yourself as a sartorial goddess this season, thinking outside the box is essential. And that means straying away from classic A-line frocks in the iconic holiday hues too. What does that leave, you might be wondering? The four standout ensembles below. So far this season, we’ve shown how to style a belt bag to create a killer deck-the-halls look, upgraded an LBD with statement holiday accessories and given you the 411 on slaying an upcoming soiree with a chic velvet bodysuit. Now, we’re bringing you a quick-and-dirty how-to for pulling off red and green like an It girl. Ready your pens, ladies. It’s about to get real.


Not every fête on your agenda calls for shimmery separates and sky-high stilettos. An intimate evening with the fam or an annual gift exchange with your girls requires an ensemble that feels both laid-back and full of holiday cheer. Our suggestion? A cute pair of printed crop trousers, a snuggly sweater and a few statement accessories that sparkle and shine in the light. The piece de resistance? A red leather jacket, of course. Consider it the cool-girl alternative to the expected red party dress. Just make sure to keep it close by on Christmas Eve — we think Santa might get a little jealous.

Zara Patent Finish Biker Jacket ($100), Mango Knot Detail Sweater ($60), Topshop Tile Print Kick Flare Trousers ($75), Ann Taylor Floral Statement Earrings ($60) + H&M Ankle Boots ($50)


Monochromatic looks aren’t just for shades of black, white and beige. Rack up all the style points this season by rockin’ an all-green-everything ensemble out on the town. Bring the drama — in a totally good way — by incorporating a spectrum of different shades and adding textural elements, like faux fur and velvet, to the mix. Then look to details like a gilded top, star-studded stilettos and a statement hair comb to deliver a serious dose of wow-factor to the getup. Own the night? Obvi.

Zara Velvet Dress ($36), & Other Stories Golden Hits Top ($45), Miss Selfridge Star Detail Sandal ($96), Zara Short Faux Fur Jacket ($149) + Free People Over the Moon Comb ($18)


Channel your inner sporty spice by ditching the dress entirely, opting instead for bright red joggers that are sure to earn you some serious style cred with the big man in red and allow you to dominate the dance floor with ease. Top it off with a boxy crop top, embroidered platform heels and a don’t-mess cuff for a look that reads downtown glamour. Your new signature style move? We think yes.

& Other Stories Transparent Crop Top ($55), Zara Jogging Trousers ($23), Jenny Bird Series Wrist Cuff ($95), Topshop Lace Embroidered Platform Heels ($100) + Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duo in Gold/Sour Cherry ($14)


So many parties, so little time. As a social butterfly, you need an outfit that’ll take them from your annual family get-together to an epic GNO sans costume change — and this little getup more than delivers. A cami and midi skirt combo are a class act, but details like bottle green velvet and a saucy slit ensure this duo is anything but stuffy. Bring on the bling (a holiday party essential) a la a pair of emerald drop earrings and glitter-flecked Mary Janes that Alexa Chung would love. Before heading out the door, swipe on a bit of berry lipstick and slide this studded boxy bag over your arm FTW.

Mango Velvet Top ($50), & Other Stories Zip-Slit Suede Skirt ($275), Jeffrey Campbell Ingram-2 ($155), Ann Taylor Butterfly Statement Earrings ($60) + Nasty Gal Girl Boxx Vegan Leather Crossbody Bag ($98)

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