Planning the Perfect Holiday Outfits

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The holiday season brings with it a slew of social engagements. From informal family gatherings to office parties, you are bound to be busy from Thanksgiving until New Year’s. The following guidelines give you ideas on how to create stunning and stylish holiday looks with ease.



Thanksgiving engagements tend to focus on family and very close friends. As such, they tend to be a bit more casual than other holiday events such as a work Christmas party. Plan your outfit keeping comfort in mind, as you will most likely have a huge Thanksgiving meal. American Eagle makes a Jegging, which is a skinny jean and legging hybrid. Jeggings, available in a variety of rises and washes, give you maximum style with the added comfort of stretch material. Pair your Jeggings with a stylish sweater and a pair of riding boots to complete your look.


When it comes to your Thanksgiving hair and makeup, you are unlimited in what you can create. A hairstyle that looks stylish and chic, yet is virtually effortless is loose waves. If you want to put even less work into your hair but look just as stylish, consider a trendy top knot that takes only a few minutes. Add a shadow that makes your eye color pop and define your eyes with a thin line of black liner and a coat or two of black mascara. Finish your beauty look with a berry colored lip stain that adds color, but will not come off during eating and drinking.




Christmas Fun Event


Not all holiday engagements are formal and it is important to remember to have during the holiday season. Get your friends together and plan an Ugly Sweater Christmas party for a night of fun and entertainment. The first thing that you’ll need for an Ugly Sweater party is, of course, an ugly sweater. There are plenty of retailers so take your pick of fun, festive and “ugly” holiday sweaters. Because this party is meant to be fun, not formal, pair your sweater with your favorite jeans and a comfortable pair of flats.


Hair and makeup should also be informal and fun for your Ugly Sweater party. Use foundation to even out your skin and keep your eyes simple with matte, neutral eye shadow like those found in the Naked Basics palette. Swipe on your favorite mascara and pair the simple eyes with a classic red lip. Allow your sweater and red lip to stand out by pulling your hair back into an understated, yet refined, ponytail.


Christmas Formal


Work Christmas parties are meant to be enjoyable, but they do require you to dress in more formal attire. Office Christmas parties are the perfect place to wear your little black dress. A little black dress is not your only option when it comes to holiday parties. Dresses in gem toned hues are also a stylish option for a formal Christmas party. Pair your party dress with a simple pair of heels and sparkling accessories.


A formal hairstyle that allows your earrings to take center stage is the classic French twist. Keep your makeup elegant and polished and pick either your eyes or your lips as your focal point. If you select to play up your eyes, sweep a gold shadow all across your lid and add two coats of mascara. If you prefer to let your lips be the center of attention, use a berry lip color to create a dramatic look.



New Year’s Eve


New Year’s Eve is the perfect opportunity to create a glamorous, exciting look. Wear a sequined dress for maximum drama. Choose a pair of black or nude heels to keep the attention on the dress but to enhance the glamor of your outfit.


Makeup for New Year’s Eve can be just as dramatic as your dress. Rock a sexy smoky eye and a nude lip for an exquisite makeup look. If you prefer to place emphasis on your lips as opposed to your eyes, keep your eyes neutral and wear a vivid lipstick in red or pink.


The holiday season is the perfect time to be creative with your fashion and beauty looks. Have fun experimenting with different looks until you find the perfect ensembles for your holiday festivities.


Breanne is a recent college graduate, blogger, and fashion aficionada.  You can find her over at her blog, Proper & Pink or on Google +.