I love Christmas red and green. And I enjoy the multicolored lights, cheerfully decorated cookies, colorful packages and brilliant poinsettias of the season, too. But when it comes dressing for holiday gatherings and special moments I still enjoy reaching for neutrals. So today I’m sharing two holiday looks in sophisticated neutrals that I’ve put together with the help of Talbots, my go-to source for modern classic apparel and accessories. Make sure to shop their new arrivals page for some great holiday options.
Holiday Look in Golden Brown and Black
The acorn colored t-shirt features long sleeves, a crew neck and silver, gold and copper beading and metallic stitching. How festive is that? And yes, the tee is soft and comfy. Always a bonus. The tee is available in misses, petite and plus sizes.
I added another layer of sparkle, shine and sophistication with my metallic faux fur puffer vest. By the way, I sized down to a misses small in the vest for a more fitted silhouette, but if you want a vest that zips easily over multiple layers I suggest going with your true size. You can also choose between misses and petite sizes.
I love having black cords in my closet for mixing and matching all winter long. They’re slimming, but they also frame whatever festive top I pair with them. These are Talbots’ stretch corduroy jeggings and they offer a slim fit with plenty of stretch. They’re also available in four other colors. Talbots’ stretch straight leg cords also come in black, as well as an even wider variety of colors and sizes.
Oh, and check out how darling these embroidered flannel loafers are! They feature adorable pups in colors that coordinate beautifully with my outfit, but they also add a touch of whimsy. The Ryan loafers run true to size and are surprisingly quite comfortable right out of the box.
Because with a holiday look more truly is more, I added more sparkle to my festive outfit with square stone earrings and a coordinating square stones bracelet, both with gemstones and glittering crystals.
Holiday Style Tip: Create dazzling holiday looks in sophisticated neutrals, but add an unexpected pop of color in your shoes, handbag or jewelry.
I originally ordered the red pebbled leather satchel to add a pop of unexpected color to my neutral holiday outfits. But when it didn’t come in in time for my photo shoot, I grabbed this crossbody bag in red pop instead. I LOVE this bag. The full-grain Nappa leather is so soft and luxe. And the bag comes with two different straps, making it seasonless, versatile and so fun.
Holiday Looks in Black and Ivory
If you’ve been around Dressed for My Day long you know I love dressing in head to toe black. But I like how the Nordic inspired ivory Fair Isle design on my sweater adds splashes of festive light to the second of my two holiday looks.
I’m wearing the winter Fair Isle yoke sweater over an ivory turtleneck for added warmth and interest. The 95% cotton, 5% Spandex long sleeve turtleneck is such a nice winter wardrobe essential. It’s lightweight enough to fit nicely under sweaters, but substantial enough to wear alone, too. The turtleneck comes in several other neutrals, including black, indigo navy and white. But it’s also available in red and rosewood heather. Size selections include misses, petite, plus and petite plus. I appreciate that Talbots offers a full range of sizes in so many styles.
The black Fair Isle sweater could absolutely be worn without an under layer, too. In fact, I wore it that way yesterday with a red skirt. It’s extremely soft and features a rich textured flat weave. It falls low on the hip and has a straight, but slimming silhouette.
Envisioning this outfit to be party chic but also suitable for outdoor festivities, I wore my black fleece-lined pants. Have you heard me mention how much I love, love, love these pants? Once or twice? Ha! Let me tell you again.
In my estimation, nothing beats these fleece-lined pants for outdoor activities this winter. They keep you warm, but they also have a slender silhouette, a double button and zipper enclosures, belt loops (should you desire to belt up!) and a front seam for a very polished look. They also have a discreet but stylish zipper cargo pocket, back zipper welt pockets and a little extra length so you can cuff them if you wish.
Wash these pants in the washing machine, but lay them flat to dry. I kid you not, they keep their shape, color and fit beautifully. Oh, I’m wearing mine right now, too!
Because I hoped to keep the look pared down and I wanted the Fair Isle design to be the focal point, I kept my jewelry very simple…but still festive. I’m wearing sterling silver snowflake earrings and a keepsake bangle featuring gold tone, silver tone and pearl insets.
I topped off this holiday look in neutrals with another chic faux fur collar puffer vest, this one in ivory. My black suede faux shearling trim boots are no longer available so I’m linking to alternatives in the shopping widget.
My red crossbody bag again added just the right pop of color. Don’t you just love the way these two holiday looks in sophisticated neutrals came together? I think either outfit is perfect for a holiday gathering or fun outing to take in the winter sights. Plus, everything I’ve worn here can be worn beyond the holidays, too.
I’m grateful to Talbots for sponsoring this post. I’ve been a lifelong Talbots shopper, and I continue to count on them for classic clothing with a modern vibe. I know many of my readers do, too. So I hope you enjoyed today’s holiday looks. Let me know if you have any questions. I’m always happy to share additional information.
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Blessed for My Day
Both of my children were born before their due date. And even if they’d been 10 month babies (like I was!), I don’t think I would have been prepared for the impact that either of them made on my world. Yes, children completely change everything, don’t they? I guess we could say they turn our worlds upside down and flip it around. Ha!
But nothing has changed the world as much as the birth of Jesus. He was born to a young, inexperienced mom and an awkward newbie dad who found themselves in a strange place feeling, I’m sure, quite ill-prepared for all that lay ahead. Can you even imagine? For all the times that life has taken us by surprise, let’s concede that God, in His mysterious ways, does indeed know what He’s doing. We can rest in Him when plans are upended or things go as planned. Ultimately He’s in control.
And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. ~ Luke 2:6