The holidays can be overwhelming—especially with little ones. So much to do, so little time. It seems that being a mother often means putting yourself on the backburner as you make everyone’s holiday dreams come true. This is exactly why I created BURU—the online destination for all things #momstyle. Though what we wear may not be top priority this time of year, I truly believe that you feel better when you look better. I am happy to share my favorite tips for creating the perfect ensemble for a variety of holiday parties.
The SCHOOL Party
Quite possibly the most challenging look to pull together as it has the most requirements. You must be prepared to crawl on the floor, make a messy craft, and chase down numerous little ones on sugar overload. My recommendation is colorful comfort. This is your kids’ Holiday Party, not Halloween party—so avoid black. Try styling a pair of sequin, elastic waist jogger pants with a festive top or dress up your favorite pair of jeans with a sparkly sweater. And while I don’t suggest letting your little one dress you from head-to-toe, it’s fun to get them involved. Let them pick out one piece and then complete the outfit on your own. And if you must go straight from the boardroom to the classroom….well then—reindeer ears and a light-up pin will certainly do the trick!
The OFFICE Party
The key to mastering office party style is to find just the right balance of after hours chic meets cubicle charisma. You certainly don't want your “painted on skirt” to be the topic of conversation at the water cooler the next day. My advice—pair a work place staple with an appropriate date night piece. Perhaps you have a favorite pencil skirt. Now is the time to ditch the hosiery, add an extra inch of heel height, some sparkly jewels and style it with a flirty blouse. And remember—a touch of red never hurt anyone…lip, shoe, you get the idea!
The COCKTAIL Party
If you tend to reach for the old faithful LBD, then let this be there year you mix things up! Be the pop of color in the sea of black sparkles. It’s also a great year to switch up your silhouette from the traditional sheath. There are so many wonderful options for full statement skirts this season. In a variety of price points, you will find beautiful colors, patterns in both midi and mini lengths. To keep things timeless, style yours with a crisp, white man shirt (the more starch the better), a pair of single sole pointy-toe heels, a dynamic cuff bracelet (or two if you’re feeling extra festive) and a sleek chignon.
The FAMILY Get Together
Bring on the games, the miles of food and the 4th cousins you see once every decade—but leave the bad clothes at home. Just because it’s family, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look your festive best! Keep things comfortable in a relaxed fit shirtdress, tights and booties or elevate your favorite denim with a tailored blazer and fun jewels. This is also a great time to sport any gifts from last year…if you know what I mean!
The BLACK TIE Affair
Let the ball gowns, beads, and best threads come out to play! Black tie can be challenging—especially for mamas who (let’s face it) are not attending galas on a regular basis during the year. The key is to relax and have fun. Black tie has changed a great deal over the years. Anything goes so long as you own it! I love the idea of separates for a formal affair. Plus, it’s a bigger bang for your buck than buying a one-piece formal gown. Separates are more functional and often times more fun! Try pairing a beautiful full-length skirt with a fitted black turtleneck and an over-the-top statement necklace or mix a bold sequined top with sophisticated black culottes and a killer shoe.
Happy Holidays and Happy Dressing!