6 Tips to Dressing for a Holiday Party

Thanksgiving just passed, Christmas and New Year are just around the corner, and with any big holiday that brings family and friends together, over eating is almost expected. The last thing you want to do is worrying about your outfit during a holiday party. Here are six tips to dressing for a holiday party so you can look great and still be yourself this season.

6 Tips for Dressing for the Holiday Party

1. Wear comfortable clothes. We are not saying wear your pajamas but wear a skirt that is a little loose or maybe even a shift dress; something that is easy to move in and can be forgiving if you over-indulge in a few too many cookies!

2. Accessorize. No matter if you opt for the little black dress or a dressy top and quality denim, any outfit is better when you jazz it up with a statement necklace, stand-out earrings or a bright scarf. Feel free to go glitzy and glam this year.

3. Beware of the waistband. If you have already committed to wearing pants, or even a fitted skirt, make sure it is not tight before you leave your house. Pants that start tight will only get tighter as the day progresses. Silk pants are always fun, very flowy and quite comfortable!

4. Layer your look. Try pairing your dress with a shirt underneath, or a cardigan on top. Attempt a little mix and matching with things that you might not have considered combining before. This is a fun way you can give an old dress a new look, and save money in the process.

5. Dress appropriate for the weather. For example, if you live in the Midwest, now is not the time to breakout that adorable summer dress. The last thing anyone wants after a great holiday meal is to be full and cold. Know your climate and dress accordingly.

6. Don’t stress! Whether you are getting together with family or friends, remember you are surrounding yourself with people you love. Your outfit does not have to be perfect. Focus more on the people you are with and stress less about the way you hope they’ll perceive you. Afterall, a smile can go further in completing an outfit, than all the perfect combinations of clothing items you can dream up.

Pantone 2016 Color of the Year

Each year Pantone gets the honor of naming the color of the year, which is an announcement the color company makes right as the previous year is wrapping up. You might remember the color of 2015 was Marsala, which is a pretty blasé red/brown that not too many people were thrilled about seeing as the color of the year.

Pantone Color of the Year

For 2016, Pantone is switching it up, and giving two different colors the distinction of ‘color of the year.’ The Pantone 2016 Color of the year is Rose Quartz AND Serenity. In a departure from the norm, two colors have been named the ‘it’ tones for the upcoming year. Unsure of what those shades are? Think a muted baby pink and blue, and you’ll be pretty close to the shade.

“Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said in a statement. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”

According to Pantone, Rose Quartz is meant to be… ‘a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.’

On the other hand, Serenity is meant to convey the feeling of being ‘weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us. Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.’

Other colors for the 2016 year include: Peach Echo, Snorkel Blue, Buttercup, Fiesta, Iced Coffee, Limpet Shell and Green Flash.

(image taken from Pantone’s Color Forecast Report.)