I’ve always loved to play dress up; my original fashion victims were my teddy bears, cat, and finally my little sister. When I had the chance to add a Wear Else mannequin to that list, I practically ran to their 4th avenue store in Vancouver.
As part of their BOGO Boots, Bags, and Baubles Sale, I styled a versatile and comfortable holiday outfit that can be mixed and matched even after the holidays are over. The sale runs from November 24-27, 2011 and features footwear, accessories, and handbags at buy one get one half off.
I did a lap around the store to familiarize myself with the product: Alice and Olivia, Jacqueline Conoir, Elie Tahari, Vince, and Rebecca Minkoff, just to name a few.
After resisting the urge to shop, I started designing my perfect holiday outfit. I decided to focus on texture and versatility; the holidays are a great time to glam up an outfit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save some money and continue to wear those items all year.
Growing up out East helped me develop a strong appreciation for the mild Vancouver climate. As a result, I’m always looking to take advantage of our weather and ditch a coat whenever possible. This warm black Michael Kors fur vest caught my eye because it’s a versatile wardrobe item that can dressed up or down to create dramatically different looks. Combined with a classic long sleeved dress, it’s the perfect solution to getting rid of outfit bulk.
Many people like to add a bit of sparkle and shine to their outfit during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t sparkle all year. This Michael Kors dress is a perfect way to subtly shine long after the Turkey is devoured and the presents are exchanged. To step it up a notch for the holidays, I paired it with a Claudia green and gold long stone necklace.
And of course, every woman has to accessorize. I was instantly drawn to a pair of sage green suede Michael Kors Boots, which I knew would go perfectly with a pair of warm patterned tights. Continuing to combine textures, I chose a quilted leather clutch, which works with the roughness of the necklace, shine of the fur vest, rawness of the suede boots, and thickness of the tights.
A few last minute adjustments, and my holiday outfit is complete. Like a good holiday cookie recipe, it combines different “ingredients” to create an overall look: a heaping spoonful of texture, a pinch of glam, and a dash of sparkle. What will you combine to create your holiday outfit?