The approaching holiday season brings about many expected yearly occurrences: Christmas tunes playing everywhere you go, new 2020 planners popping up left and right, and of course, holiday reunions filling up almost every day of December. With all the family dinners, Christmas parties, and annual gatherings you’ve got coming up, it can be difficult having to dress up for each one.
Here’s a simple formula to follow when shopping for clothes this festive time of year: Choose pieces you can wear again and again for different occasions that will last you until the Christmas season is over. We round up all the pieces you’ll need in your wardrobe to get through every single reunion.
Here are 10 handy pieces to keep in your wardrobe for the holiday season:
We guarantee at least one of the holiday parties you attend will require you to wear red, so keep a simple red dress in your closet just in case. This wrap dress from Zalora has a sophisticated silhouette that will look appropriate whether you’re having drinks with friends or spending time with coworkers. Plus, despite its form-flattering shape, it covers up just enough to keep your titas from side-eyeing you all night.
A loose top like this ruffled blouse from Pull & Bear serves two major purposes: to avoid all the comments about how much weight you’ve put on and to keep you comfy even after you’ve stuffed your face all night long. The elegant, flowy shape and white color can be paired with a variety of different pieces so you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion.
See a list of Pull & Bear branches.
Too lazy to shop for all the dressy dinners you have to attend? Cop a fancy jacket like this blazer from Bershka to transform any of your plain outfits into a put-together, party-ready ensemble. You can rock it on top of jeans and a T-shirt or use it to change up a dress you’ve already worn before. You can even wear it to work so you can go straight from the office to the reunion with no fuss.
See a list of Bershka branches.
LBDs are a life essential so you probably already have a go-to in your closet. If not, go for a simple piece like this black shift dress from Red Herring. The no-frills design can easily be transformed depending on the different accessories you pair it with. Wear it on its own with some eye-catching bling for a night out with pals or pair it with a cute jacket if you’re staying in with the fam.
Available online and at Debenhams.
These stylish black trousers from Mango can be worn again and again with a variety of tops—no one will notice it’s the same pair of pants. Pair it with a cute blouse and some comfy sneakers for your more casual plans or pop on some heels for dressier occasions.
Available at Mango branches nationwide.
Unavoidably, some occasions and dress codes may call for heels. Save your toes by opting for a pair that isn’t too high like these block-heeled sandals from local brand Hue. We’re currently eyeing this nude pair, which will go with everything and make your legs look longer, too. You can get away with wearing the minimalist design over and over, no problem.
Dress up a plain outfit and make it holiday party-ready with some eye-catching jewelry. Pop this necklace from Wanderlust + Co. over your go-to black dress or favorite blouse to instantly make it more festive. The gold charms will sit right on your collarbone, drawing more attention to it and giving your overall look more structure.
Opt for a bag that’s both functional and stylish to go with all your holiday outfits. This clutch from Charles & Keith is big enough to hold all your essentials (wallet, phone, keys, lippie—what more do you need?) and can be paired with a variety of outfits whether formal or casual. Use it as a clutch or pull out the gold strap for a cross-body purse you can leave hanging on your shoulder.
See a list of Charles & Keith branches.
No dresses for your fancy dinners? Dress up a plain top with a chic skirt. This pleated black skirt from Stradivarius can be paired with just about anything, from an elegant blouse to a plain white tee. Slip into some strappy heels to elevate the look even more. It also comes in other colors like red, green, white, peach, and more.
See a list of Stradivarius branches.
A sleek, minimalist blouse like this Uniqlo top will transform with every different ensemble, so you can come up with an endless array of outfits depending on how you style it. Pair it with a pencil skirt and heels for a formal occasion or wear it untucked over your fave jeans if you want to keep it casual. You can take it from the office straight to a night out!
See a list of Uniqlo branches.
This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.