As I mentioned in this week’s weekly roundup, holiday parties are a lot more casual than they used to be. The formal frock has been cast aside in lieu of more casual and comfy holiday separates. It’s definitely a cost-effective way to go, and the pieces are more versatile too. 

Combining easy festive separates for holiday parties is popular with my clients because the outfit is warm and unfussy. They can wear the same outfit — or switch out the tops — to several events and feel appropriately pulled together but not too dressed up. 

Think of combining colours like black, grey, navy, ink blue, teal, eggplant, burgundy and metallics. Note that the ensemble does NOT include casual denim. 

Here are the components: 

Bottoms: Think jacquard trousers or jeans, flocked jeans or leggings, or tuxedo pants. Leather or velvet jeggings will also work. Bottoms that taper at the hem tend to be best when paired with flowing tops or tunics. Feel free to substitute the pants or fancy jeans for a skirt. I chose a navy pleather skirt just for fun. 

Festive Top: Think of flowing tops, like asymmetrical tunics, pullovers or soft blouses with festive sequined, beaded, feathered, ruffled and fringed trim. Wear the top out over the bottoms. 

Festive Shoes: The shoes must be dressy in order to look festive. Think metallic flats, smoking slippers, dressy pumps, or black patent heeled booties. 

Accessories: Finish off the outfit with a dressy clutch in a neutral or colour. Add watch, eyewear, hosiery, jewellery, fascinator and watch as desired. 

Add a coat, jacket or trench coat to get you to and from the bash and Bob’s your uncle. See how easy this is!

Holiday Ensemble: Easy Festive Separates