It’s no secret that things get stressful around the holidays. Your to-do list is longer than ever, the shopping seems endless, and the number of social events your invited to skyrockets, which leads to another source of stress: What do you wear to all these festive fêtes? A new survey conducted by Finery, a wardrobe managing app, found that 2 in 3 women feel “extremely stressed” when getting dressed for a holiday event. What’s more, 67 percent of women said they typically buy new outfits for holiday parties, adding financial strain to an already expensive season. But who says holiday dressing has to be so cheerless? Brooklyn Decker and Whitney Casey, founders of Finery, are all about building a confidence-boosting outfit from clothing you already own.
When it comes to the holidays, Casey’s motto is “go big or go home,” while Decker takes more of a laid-back approach. “Whitney [Casey] and I are the complete opposite here,” says Decker, who admits to waiting until the very last minute to get dressed. “I’m the girl that shows up hoping it’s an ugly sweater party.” The one thing they can both agree on: Always re-wear what’s in your wardrobe. “We really encourage and have built tech around trying to help women wear the clothes they already have,” Decker says. The Finery app was created to act as your personal wardrobe concierge.
So, to help you shop your closet for the perfect pieces for every holiday occasion, Casey and Decker have shared some style advice below.
“For me the most stressful part of getting dressed for a holiday party is when I have to go straight from work to the party,” says Casey. “You have to think ‘I’m going to be in this outfit all day at work, and then need to somehow magically transform it into a festive look.’” With deadlines to meet and cocktails to drink, you’ll need an outfit that means business. Go for sophisticated separates, like a power suit or pencil skirt, suggests Casey, and don’t shy away from color (think Christmas red). Not only do vibrant hues demand attention, but they also dominated the runway this season, so you’ll be on trend.
Sure, your go-to cocktail dress is always on par for the party scene, but why not switch it up? It’s now appropriate to skip the short dress and tights in favor of favor of flirty silhouettes and separates, like a fancy top and flousy skirt. “You can even, in many cases, turn a dress into a skirt by wearing a dressy sweater or blouse on top and belting it,” says Casey. For a cocktail party held at someone’s house, Decker recommends tailored trousers and a billowy blouse. You’ll feel comfortable — and look chic! — while sipping cocktails and enjoying the company of close friends.
Between the meals to prep, gifts to wrap, and family to greet, comfort is key when hosting a gift exchange. Opt for casual pieces that still look polished. Think jeans and a graphic tee, says Casey. Finish the look with a comfortable heel or bootie. And when it comes to family get-togethers, Decker, who has two young kids, shares some solid advice: “Always try to wait until the last minute to get dressed, because you never know what might happen – accidents do happen!”
Meeting your partner’s parents is cause for enough panic. Now, what to wear? Save bold colors and embellishments for another occasion. You can’t go wrong with a classic black dress, says Decker, who pairs hers with a statement shoe or necklace to show off her personal style. In the end, it’s your personality you want to make an impact.
Now’s the time to deck yourself from head to toe. “There is only one time to wear sequins, satin, lace, and velvet all at once,” says Casey, and this is it! Shop your closet for different textures, colors, and any hint of glitter, then pile it on — you’ll be surprised at how well it all goes together! Her only advice: “I always recommend starting with the shoes and moving up.”