How to Dress for Holiday Occasions

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There are 2 obstacles people face when getting dressed during the holidays. Since it is a festive time of year, many people like to get their fancy on. But here in Maine, we tend to dress things down a little. So I am providing you with a few options to guide you through some social occasions and how you might be feeling!

Obstacle #1:  Underdressing

Obstacle #2:  Overdressing

Since I don’t want you to have a Bridget Jones moment, I’ll let you in on a secret. You can’t go wrong if you wear it with confidence, follow how you feel, and know the occasion.  Nothing like showing up in a party dress to a sports party.

Let’s say it’s a casual afternoon during the festive season. You might be hanging fireside with the fam but feeling a little luxe casual coming on... there’s nothing like cozying up in a lush white cable-knit sweater. Maybe throw on just a bralette to keep that relaxed but held-together feeling. I know you want to keep those toes warm in a cozy pair of fuzzy boots. Make sure those lounging jeans have some extra stretch for that second piece of pie. In Maine we sometimes can catch a breeze on a cold winter day, even inside. I have been known to throw on a cozy hat and scarf.

My winter white outfit is still a chic look with its almost monochrome look, so you will pop for all the pics taken that day!

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For those of you who know me personally, you know this next look is me! It’s casual, chic, and kinda bohemian all at once! I couldn’t resist sharing a piece of my heart. Honestly, I have never been much of a blush girl until this year. It is surprisingly sneaking into my wardrobe here and there.

I would wear this to any day or dinner party that is JEANS ACCEPTABLE! Often during the holidays, we have to skip the jeans and find the silk or the wool pants.  Here the pink and green mix is my way to say I am into the holiday spirit but on my terms. And a splash of gold never hurts! 

Throwing on velvet mules adds to the comfort and sophistication, again making this a cross-event outfit.  Just follow your heart!

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Going from day to night and ready to throw on that party dress? Nothing makes a statement like a fit-and-flare Christmas plaid. Here’s the deal: you have to be in a READY TO BE SEEN mood. You will get comments, the oohs and ahhs: “I love your dress.” Take it in and say, “Why, thank you!”

Remember the dress is the statement so play down the rest. Simple black heels (I love Louboutins to show a pop of red on bottom) and a red clutch. You don’t need tons of jewels, just some refined studs!

And lastly, don’t be afraid to put on a bold red lip. This is your “go big or go home” holiday moment! You only get to do it once a year here!

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Around day 4 of the family festivities, I am sure the fatigue sets in. I am a firm believer in getting present with your body and expressing it. There is NOTHING LIKE a grey monochrome outfit to say, “I need to chill.”  Many clients used to fight me on grey until they learned about adorning their mood. 

Let’s be honest: not every day with the family is smooth sailing. So if the fire is too hot and conversation is too heavy, instead of fighting it, express it aesthetically. You will be all the better for it. Look for restoration; stay aligned and relaxed. 

Remember that all moods are okay when we accept them and get right with them. So have your grey holiday moment without spilling the beans to everyone. Just adorn it and move right through it!

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You can dress up or dress down as long as you are confident, follow how you feel, and know the occasion. If you're not sure how you feel, ask your body what it needs to be effective and powerful for the day or event. You can’t go wrong when you listen and trust your body.  Making yourself right builds a whole new level of confidence!

Happy Holidays! Enjoy your time with friends and family.

Xo

Carrie