Stylish Monday and Link Up Party – December 2021
Festive and Fabulous Outfits
As you can imagine, this month’s theme is a no brainer for me! The extra loving gal is all about the glitter, glitz and glam! While I like the three G’s all year long, the holidays are total permission to be extra BLINGTASTIC! Everything goes for the holidays so think glitter, rhinestones, metallics and sequins. Even crazy fun holiday sweaters are an option. You can add a touch of sparkle, go for a plaid look or be doused from head to toe in all things sparkle. Which one is your holiday style? I’m sure you know which one is my preference! LOL!
Rhinestones come in so many colors and options from small touches on a shoulder to full on coverage on the front of a shirt or sweater. This sweatshirt grabbed my attention because of the pink and blue rhinestones, puffy sleeves (on trend), comfort and can easily be styled with jeans, dress pants, faux leather pants or joggers, and skirts. It can be styled totally glammed up, more casual or even edgy! I opted to pair it with my faux leather joggers and my combat boots for a more edgy look, which I have to say I felt pretty sassy in this outfit! The combat boots also have rhinestone embellishments on the buckles and around the toes.
Sweatshirt (also comes in green and cream)
Jessica Simpson Rhinestone Combat Boots
This crewneck sweater covered in rhinestones was a must have! I just received it and haven’t been able to wear it yet but wanted to share it with you because it’s SO GOOD! It’s way better in person! If you get one fantastically fun blinged out item this season, I highly recommend this sweater. The color of the pink and golden rhinestones seemed unique to me. I visualize wearing this sweater with my side striped jeans. The jeans have a pale pink velvet side strip. I’m going to wear pumps that have a gold/silver shimmer depending on what angle you look at them. I’m leaning towards wearing it for my college girl’s Christmas get together, which is at my house this year. It would be perfect for any holiday event and can be dressed up or styled more casually. Some might say I’ll be extra but for me it will land somewhere in the middle when I pair it with jeans and pumps. How would you wear it?
CABLE EMBELLISHED CREW-NECK SWEATER
Sequins and Glitter
Sequins are an easy go to for fun and fashionable holiday looks! You can find almost any article of clothing with sequins such as joggers, skirts, dresses, tops and how about statement sleeves? I couldn’t resist pulling out this picture from two years ago since Andy is wearing almost the identical outfit hence the side by side. It also goes to show that some pieces are simply timeless. I still have all of these pieces in my closet! I don’t foresee getting rid of them any time soon. The sleeves are covered in multi colored sequins. I’ve added a glitter belt and my black boots have matching glitter heels! I chose the cropped faux leather pants so you can see the glitter heels of my boots better. You can keep the accessories minimal since the sleeves steal the show. However, both Andy and I elected for a smaller scale necklace and earrings.
Glittery Boots (comes in 9 color choices)
When you think about a print or pattern that’s associated with the holidays, what comes to mind? Plaid comes to my mind immediately although I do like wearing plaid year round. You could say I’m mad for plaid always! Did you see last week’s post on how to style a plaid flannel shirt multiple ways? (To see that post, click HERE.) Is there such a thing as wearing too much plaid? I think not as evidenced by my plaid suit. I adore the colors, the velvet collar and velvet covered button. These pieces could easily be worn separately and all winter long. I paired it with a ruffled black blouse and wore this look to work. The necklace and matching earrings are vintage and were gifted to me from my girlfriend Cindy when she worked for Trifari. (To see a previous blog post that Cindy wrote about her dear friend Wendy and Trifari Jewelry, click HERE.)
Patterning mixing plaid with leopard is always a fun styling option and can be festive as well as worn all winter long. This red plaid blouse has a ruffled cuff detail and is slightly longer so can easily be worn with leggings. I was thrilled to find these leggings with matching side plaid stripes and faux leather x’s. It was easy to add my leopard print pumps and faux fur jacket. The faux leopard fur and pumps have been in my closet for quit some time. The blouse and pants were new last season although similar blouses are still available as are the other items.
For a more casual plaid look, this sweater, a pair of leggings and fun boots is an easy to put together fun festive look! I loved the oversized sweater and the cut out sleeve detail. The sweater is super soft and super comfy! The leggings are my all time favorites and super inexpensive. I have the more expensive ones as well but these are always my go to choice! Lastly adding boots that sparkle and matching plaid socks pulls the whole look together. My brooch also adds an extra festive touch! I got lots of compliments when I wore this look to work and out and about on the Friday after Thanksgiving. I love to go to our local family owned nursery to get my Christmas poinsettias and to see their beautiful decorations. Plus the sea of red makes for really fun pictures!
My Favorite Faux Leather Leggings
This plaid blazer dress just really screams holiday festive to me; and I’m always super excited to pull out my plaid booties with rhinestone heels! I’m wearing the same fabulous brooch that I wore on my sweater and the same faux leather leggings. I’ve had the pieces for several years but am still excited to wear them again! I’ve shared before that we have taken our granddaughter for birthday and Christmas pictures every year since she was 2. This year she turns 12. I am thrilled that she still wants to go for pictures and is willing to have us join her in a couple of the photos. Here is our Christmas Card (she’s featured by herself on the back) this year and my read plaid blazer dress was a perfect match to my favorite girlie’s choice of dress. I style Mr. FTF and I around her holiday look!
Red Plaid Boots Option 1
Red Plaid Boots Option 2
Red Plaid Blazer Dress Option 1
Red Plaid Blazer Dress Option 2
Festive and Fabulous Outfits Styled by Fashionable Friends From Around the World
Amy – Amy’s Creative Pursuits – “I don’t like to spend money specifically on holiday clothes that I can wear only once a year, so see how I take everyday dress clothes and add some sparkle for the Christmas season.”
Andy – Pearls and Pantsuits – “Just give me all the sparkle! (and then some) Nothing says holidays like sequins and sparkle, and a top like this one can take me through New Year’s Eve in shiny style. The sequined sleeves are everything. Click through to read all about my top, and get my style tips for looking fabulous this holiday season!”
Emma – The Style Splash – “Festive outfits mean lots of sparkle for me! I have a few sequin skirts and jackets, but recently I bought these fabulous trousers on eBay. The sequins are flippy – silver one way and multi-coloured the other. I’ve teamed them with a pink bow top that reminds me of a Christmas present…I’m definitely getting into the festive spirit!”
Joy – Joyous Styling “A little sparkle for the holidays! I subdued it with a black wool turtleneck. I added a statement necklace and rockstud heels to complete the look.”
Nancy – Nancy’s Fashion Style -“Here in the Netherlands we have a second Christmas day, and of course Christmas Eve, so that’s three outfits! I will definitely wear a tulle skirt! I think I will wear this polka dot one and my denim blue one. But it all depends on my mood! Might become something totally different!”
Nicole – High Latitude Style – “Our Christmas season started with a Christmas concert of the Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra. The dress code was festive Fairbanks Formal. It means you can wear an evening gown. So I did with a puffer vest over the gown. Independent from the aforementioned dress code, for me festive attire means evening wear. Sequins, velvet, tulle, lace, silver or gold sandals, big costume jewelry, bold jewel colors or black. However, given the cold weather of Interior Alaska, I have to be creative to stay warm. Leggings under an evening gown, for instance.”
Shelbee – Shelbee on the Edge – “For some festive holiday spirit, I pulled together big bold prints for what is probably my happiest outfit ever. I could not stop smiling while wearing this combination of red plaid and giant stars with double pom poms on my head.”
Suzanne – Ask Suzanne Bell – ‘Be it a festive holiday party or a girls’ night out, your evening will start off more relaxed if you have a few outfits planned out ahead of time. Looking for some inspiration? Today, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite holiday outfits (current and past) to hopefully inspire you to shop your closet, and sparkle and shine a little brighter this holiday season.”
Michele – On Instagram as Seechele_styles “Casual chic in velvet leggings with a festive sweatshirt.”
Hopefully you’ve gotten some inspiration for fun holiday looks and styling ideas! A friendly reminder to always have fun and wear the things that you love, that brings you joy and happiness and you’ll always look terrific! What’s your favorite outfit to wear during the holiday season? Leave us a comment! We love to hear from you!
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LOVING the plaid suit!! That is perfect for making a statement at holiday parties.