The holiday season (and its accompanying fabulous fêtes) is upon us, so looking and feeling glamorous is of utmost importance. There’s a slight catch, though. First off: We’re still in the midst of this month’s 30-day challenge of “Wearing Your Wardrobe.” Second? Gift shopping is making any budget for party dresses slim to nonexistent, anyway.
But fashion blogger Kim Le is no stranger to working her wardrobe to its full potential. She knows that everyday clothing and accessory items—ones likely to already be in the depths of an Everygirl’s closet—can be transformed and become worthy of special occasions.
Follow along as Kim styles a flannel shirt and a sweater dress, two of our fall and winter regulars (and favorites), to each star in a chic look suitable for champagne-glass clinking. We’ll cheers to that!
The Flannel Shirt
Flannel is the quintessential autumn and winter clothing item; it’s easy to throw on for an everyday outfit and easy to love in all of its warmth and no-nonsense simplicity. But for this look, Kim conjured up something more refined, picking out an ethereal long skirt for an unexpected juxtaposition against her flannel shirt.
Soft curls, a bold red lipstick, an envelope clutch, and a statement necklace further up the flannel’s ante. Suddenly, “rugged” is nowhere near this type of top’s description.
Sophisticated and sweet. Step aside, LBD: It’s the flannel’s time to shine!
The Sweater Dress
Sweater dresses are overtly versatile; they can be styled for casual daytime activities and for a nighttime event. Kim’s sweater dress is formfitting and flattering without being too tight, and its hem hits right above where her over-the-knee boots begin, so exposed skin (plus resulting chill) is at a minimum.
Don’t own over-the-knee boots? The ankle or mid-calf variety would work just fine, as would a pair of black tights and pumps for extra va-va-voom at the party.
Sometimes, size does matter—as in the case of the winter scarf, another item that is likely to already be in your closet. We love the oversize scarf‘s utility: tie it loosely around your neck or wear it draped over your shoulders like a relaxed shawl or a poncho sweater.
A floppy hat ties the look together, and it also helps to repel any unwanted weather nuisances such as rain or snow.
How are you reworking your closet for upcoming holiday season? Share in the comments below!