It’s the most wonderful time of the year! We’re sure you’re pretty psyched for the slew of shindigs you’ll be attending, but if you’re too lazy (or too frugal) to shop for holiday outfits, don’t worry. There are plenty of fabulous looks you can whip up using only items you already have stocked in your closet.
Through our rigorous research of celebrity- and blogger-approved get-ups, we discovered that the trick is to keep it simple and to choose one standout item. This standout item will elevate the entire look and deceive others into thinking you planned the whole thing way ahead of time. To understand what we mean by this styling trick, read on and save whatever catches your eye. Enjoy!
Item #1: Pantsuits
Pantsuits are the easiest way to look sophisticated. Given their tailored fit, they're perfect for when you need to look a little more polished and smart. We’re sure you have at least one set in your wardrobe, which you can update through statement heels, as seen on Janine Gutierrez. The actress opted for embellished satin fuchsia pumps that look like they came from a fairytale book.
Item #2: Peasant blouses
While this kind of blouse is usually worn during the day, its puffy sleeves, square neckline, and ruching details make it a great option for feminine evening ensembles. Case in point: Julia Barretto paired hers with casual jeans but upped the ante through dainty accessories. On the other hand, Gabbi Garcia chose the monochrome route by wearing a suede, old rose-hued skirt.
Item #3: Black dress
Yes, the "little black dress" never goes out of style, but it can get pretty boring. So you won’t end up looking like you plucked an old dress from your closet, here’s an idea: If you’re daring enough, you can wear it with sky-high white boots like Camille Co. If you prefer a simpler look, opt for more accessories instead, like Janella Salvador’s yellow headband.
Item No. 4: Jeans
Who said jeans are only for the daytime? If your Christmas event calls for a smart casual attire, then go ahead and throw on a pair. Make like Elisse Joson and be inspired by an era of your choice. In this case, her jeans scream the ‘70s and her gold hoop earrings seal the deal. Too. Fabulous.
Item #5: Cropped tops
Crop tops can be tasteful when styled right—as long as the top doesn’t bare too much skin (a.k.a. your decolletage or your shoulders) like Coleen Garcia’s collared cropped buttondown. She paired it with sleek black shorts that cinch her waist, making her look tall and slender.
Item #6: Silk dress
If you’ve been wearing silk dresses to almost every special occasion, know you can still rewear that favorite piece by throwing on another item. For example, Camille Co ingeniously paired her neon green dress with a nude long-sleeved top that made it look more festive. On the other hand, Nicole Andersson turned up the romance factor by sticking to a single accent color: marsala. The red-brown hue is feminine yet very grown-up.
Item #7: Halter top
Although Liz Uy sported this black halter top on a sunny escapade, we love how she utilized zebra-printed pants to keep things interesting. She also chose a bronze metallic bag as a dramatic accessory. So, here’s the key takeaway: Go crazy with your halter top by adding print, shine, or color.
Item #7: Pastel separates
Dreams are made of sweet pastels, so why not go all out with them? Here, Georgina Wilson complemented her lavender culottes with a cropped muted teal top. If you’re not up for the sorbet aesthetic, then simply pair your pastel separate with a neutral-colored item like Melissa Gatchalian’s white skirt.
Item #9: Turtleneck
We don’t know about you, but for us, there’s nothing more "Christmas" than a sweater—but it does have its limitations because you wouldn’t want to look too snuggly. To achieve "cozy chic" look, whip out a nude-colored turtleneck or a rust-colored one as seen on Rhian Ramos. She simply wore black skinny trousers to pair it with, and the belt was a nice touch.
Item #10: Tank top
Tank tops are for hot, breezy days and… cocktail parties? Well, only if you pull it off. Good thing there’s Martine Ho who leads by example. To keep things sleek yet luxe, she lavished herself with cream colors for a monochromatic look that totally works. It’s the thigh-high slit that made this look a head-turner, and therefore, something to consider for your next event.