Jeanne says: My Thanksgiving will be dressier this year as we’re going out to dinner in the Wine Country. Under these circumstances, I’ll dress up and make an occasion out of our dinner out. However, I can’t say that this outfit is well suited for overeating! I think more and more people see Thanksgiving dinner as a casual affair, but I still like to make it a special occasion.
Kate says: Thanksgiving is usually more on the casual side for me, no matter which family I spent it with. So I try to go for something comfortable and cozy, but still a step above sweats! Here I’ve got my most comfortable cotton jeans (that stretch out a lot to accommodate all the food!), my favorite plaid button-up, and a super cozy wool scarf. I’ll be comfortable at the dinner table and on the couch afterwards, but I’ll also feel cute. Perfect!
We are certainly not industry experts on jewelry trends. In fact, by the time we notice a shift in the jewelry “winds”, we are probably already a year behind the REAL trendsetter. But even we can see that our beloved statement necklaces will be slowly moving out of the fashion picture. We say this for several reasons:
We can tell the trend is maxing out because statement necklaces are no longer a novelty — they are everywhere and they’re all beginning to look alike.
The fashion world is moving away from “fussier” looks and towards simpler, even “normcore” shapes and styles. Does a statement necklace really go with sneakers?
The trend instead is moving towards more delicate necklaces alone or mixed together. They can be long or short but always very delicate.
So what is a stylista with many statement necklaces to do? We recommend adding more delicate jewelry to your collection so you are ready for the next “wave” and continue to wear the statement necklaces that really give you joy. And when the trend truly passes, put those fancy necklaces into storage because they will come back at some point in the future. Look at the pattern with chandelier earrings: they were in and then fancy statement necklaces eclipsed them; now they’re back with vengeance!
Take a look at some of these wonderful necklaces we’ve found — both delicate and flashy. BTW, they make great holiday gifts!
Jeanne says: I love to double up when I am wearing my gold spike necklace — in fact, I’m not sure I have ever worn it alone! Another thing I love about this spiky necklace is that I can wear it short or long (as you see it here). I’ve gotten so that I evaluate all my necklaces based on their versatility — long, short, mixed with others or alone. I’m wearing today’s necklaces with a wonderful J.Crew “baseball” sweater and my favorite black pants. What else do I need?
I didn’t even know that Kate had a necklace similar to mine! I guess that is not surprising since spiky necklaces have been very popular for a while now. She lets her necklace take center stage with her hair up and it is very attractive. And, of course, she throws in those sassy turquoise pumps and her outfit is complete. She could easily “dress up” her ensemble with a little jacket and she’d be all set for drinks and dinner.
Kate says: I always approach this necklace as the centerpiece of my outfit, which I think makes me wear it less than I should. But because it makes SUCH a statement, I usually pair it with a fairly simple blouse or dress. As you guys know, this is a pretty simple outfit for me! But I do like this necklace paired with my leopard print blouse and basic black jeans — it really does stand out.
Mom’s spike necklace is also paired with a fairly simple outfit, for her. I love how her necklaces play off the metallic flecks in her sweater, and her black trousers and heels keep the rest looking very sleek. I need to learn from Mom’s confidence in layering her necklaces — I think the additional necklace actually makes these spike necklaces easier to style! It looks less like one big chunk of a gold collar.
Jeanne says: I found my skirt on sale at J.Crew and the sweater on sale at Neiman Marcus and they match beautifully! Yes, this look is a little match-matchy but sometimes that is my comfort zone. I love this little flared skirt — modest length, a little flirty, and deeply on sale. I also love the look of matched winter whites and they are on trend for this winter!
Kate, though, just looks young and fresh and happy, doesn’t she? I know she loves this little skirt and I don’t blame her. She has combined a plaid shirt, infinity scarf, gray skirt with some awesome tights and pink shoes — she looks trendy without looking like she tried too hard. What a great look for her!
Kate says: This skirt has, indeed, been my favorite winter skirt for a good while. I found it on sale at Anthropologie (the only way I shop at Anthropologie!), and fell in love with its full style, velvet lined pockets, and cheeky slip (not shown). So for years I’ve been trying to find new and interesting ways to wear it, ranging from pairing it with a black turtleneck (a little safe, but cozy!) to a button down plaid shirt. The pops of colors from my shirt and flats really make this outfit, I think.
I love Mom plays with winter white in this outfit. It really is a mostly white outfits — with that adorable flared skirt as star — but the red pops are unexpected and and adorable. And she really does stay true to her red. I think she’s covered all her bases with a red shirt, necklace, shoes, glasses and even ring! You guys know me — I’d have added in another color here (maybe navy or a bright blue?) but Mom looks great.
That got me thinking about glittery items that I could buy today, wear for the holidays, and then continue to enjoy throughout the year. There are so many options to choose from. Let me give you a few examples:
Find a great jeweled handbag (like this Kate Spade) and wear it out for the holidays and then wear it with your everyday clothes to add a little extra pizzazz!
Find a sequined skirt — H&M has several — and wear it to holiday parties. After New Year’s Eve, team it with a chunky black turtleneck and tights for a daytime look. So chic, too, with, low heeled Frye-type boots and a plaid shirt.
Pair a jeweled tee, like this one from the Loft, with a long black skirt, throw on some sparkly chandelier earrings and you are ready for any party. Later this tee will look great with everything from jeans to pencil skirts.
Lastly, don’t forget your glittery vintage brooches. Bunched together, they can make any outfit sparkle for holiday parties. The rest of the time? Remember to wear them all the time — on your winter coat, your knit hat, or even with a tee shirt and jeans.
I firmly believe that it is never necessary to buy sparkly clothes just for holiday parties. We can all repurpose apparel we already have as long as we add a little glitter! Now, how long do I have to save for that irresistible jeweled Coach bag??????
Here are some more fun glittery items to try (at all price points!):
Will you wear your sparkly holiday items year round?
Jeanne says: It has been weird this year to stylishly dress up in distressed denim. I have two other VERY distressed versions with patches and holes, but these were my first distressed pair. Once I get over the fact that they are distressed, it is fun to dress them up with dressier shoes, tops and jewelry. These Gap 1969 skinnies are very flattering — if you haven’t, you should try them!
Kate looks more traditionally dressed up in dark skinny jeans. Once again, she combines several different colors on the top and pops on an interesting pump and voila! Kate, of course, in general wears jeans far more often than I do. She finds lots of ways to wear them in her business casual office; I, on the other hand, have to wait for Friday or the weekend!
Kate says: I do indeed wear jeans at least once a week to work, but I usually stick with these darker wash jeans or my black jeans — they feel a little more professional. It also helps to wear a blouse (versus a t-shirt or something more casual) and heels! I love these bright colors together, and I think brights also help make an outfit look more dressy.
Mom goes the other route for dressing up her jeans: popped collar, tucked in shirt, and gold jewelry. This works because she went with one of her less distressed pairs of boyfriend jeans — so they have the looser fit and messy cuff, but aren’t quite so casual. Her combination of pink and red is very chic, of course!
Jeanne says: I’ve had this polka dot blouse for several years and I still love it. There is nothing like a wonderful, inexpensive blouse that withstands the changes in fashion, right? I actually don’t buy many blouses. I probably have more printed tees than blouses, because a blouse somehow is dressier to me (oh yeah, and blouses need to be dry cleaned!). But I’m always on the lookout for another beautiful (but cheap) top like this.
Kate lucked out with this little blouse — exquisite color, nice design — and we know she didn’t pay much for it! I tend to like classic blouse designs so I would never have looked at this one, but what a mistake, right? It’s gorgeous. So that’s the lesson for today: look for blouse bargains and experiment with designs that are fresh and new.
Kate says: I agree with Mom that blouses can look so dressy — that’s why I usually pair them with jeans or other casual pants for work. It’s the perfect dressy-casual look for my business-casual office, and here I particularly love the contrasting textures of the silky blouse with the tougher cords. This blouse is a style I’ve bought a few times from the Banana Republic Factory Store (so yes, it was cheap!); they seem to roll out new colors each year.
Mom looks so classic here. Yes, a little dressier, but that’s ok! She’s worn this blouse so many ways (see below for one!), and I like it here with taupe ankle pants and gold accessories. Of course, she throws some pattern mixing in there. This blouse is not only a great print, but also a great style — sheer sleeves, interesting pleating along the front. So the other lesson today: look for fun prints and interesting styles.
They are everywhere! Plaid (mostly) blanket scarves are taking the place of infinity scarves or snoods this year for fashionistas. These scarves are BIG — those from ASOS measure 70′ by 70′. And they’re certainly handy since one could use one of these babies to sleep under at night or for a picnic in the woods. At the same time, this style will keep the wearer very warm; is it only practical for the cold days of deep winter?
Jeanne says: I think blanket scarves are just a tiny blip on the style radar. They look toasty and warm, but they can only be a real fashion item in cold climates. If I lived in a cold climate, I’d be the first in line. And I’m not clear why most of these are in tartan plaids (besides the fact that some blankets are plaid) — wouldn’t it be fun to see them in some other bright prints? So, being a fashion trend victim, I will buy an inexpensive one to wear when I’m on the east coast this winter. But, like I said earlier, this is barely a minitrend!
Kate says: I LOVE this trend. Although I have to say that I’ve been looking for a great oversized scarf for a while — I just love the idea of cozying up in a big scarf! I also think they’re really nice to have when traveling or in the office, where temperatures can fluctuate a lot. I bought one large, heavy wool scarf last winter that was perfect for cold, windy days; this fall, I’ve purchased a large plaid one from Asos (mostly because I missed out on that Zara scarf from last fall!) that I look forward to wearing a lot.
As we near our 2 year blogiversary in December, it seems like a good time to find out what our readers think. We’d love your feedback to help us shape our blog content moving forward, so please share with us your thoughts!
Jeanne says: I love this leopard blouse with white collar and cuffs. This is an interesting way to style this blouse making it just a little bit different from others I’ve seen! And I’ve been dying to wear my new on sale faux leather skirt from Zara. Actually the shoes are new this year as well. The bottom line is that animal print fashion is no longer a fad and it looks great with everything so get out there are buy something in leopard!
I have the exact same sweater Kate is wearing! She looks feminine and darling here and, of course, her backdrop wins. I mean how often can we match our necklace to the landscape like that? She is also proving that leopard print goes with everything — here a demure little dress gets jazzed up with some saucy leopard and a few bright touches of blue.
Kate says: I’ve gotten more wear out of this leopard print cardigan than I thought I would when I bought it! It’s my go-to cardigan when I need some print in my outfit. In this outfit, it’s a nice contrast with all the blue going on in my dress, necklace and shoes.
Mom’s outfit is so very her! Sassy leopard blouse with exaggerated collar, leather pencil skirt, wide belt… This blouse is super cute — I’ve been eyeing similar ones with super pointy collars myself. And her brown leather pencil skirt is a nice change from all the black leather skirts we’ve been seeing — and works well with the leopard. I usually stay away from pairing leopard with leather (seems a little too much) but with brown it works!