Holiday (and Beyond) Dress

‘Tis the season for all things festive. Delicious food, warm drinks, family gatherings, and holiday dresses. Now, my family doesn’t get overly dressed up for the holidays (stretchy and comfy is the name of our game) and my husband and I don’t go to holiday parties that have a fancier dress code (but I totally wish we did). So, when I’m thinking about dresses for the holiday season, my goal is to find something that I can wear beyond the season.

By doing that, I also keep my wardrobe in check and don’t end up with a handful of dresses that I’ve only worn once and only work for a specific occasion. I’m all about the closet multitaskers and it’s important to me that each item I add to my wardrobe meets that criteria.

This week I will share a couple of pieces that I’ve dressed up for the holidays, but that can easily be worn (almost) year round thanks to Thred Up (click this link for a $10 credit). They gave me a shopping credit and the freedom to buy anything from their site to create holiday looks. I was tempted to buy a fun cocktail dress or sparkly number, but decided to be true to my lean wardrobe and find something more versatile.

The first dress I selected is this Boden dress (still available in stores here) for $28.99. The red is perfect for the holidays and I love that it has sleeves (it is winter after all), while the length and pockets make it easy to wear to work (see how I wore it to school last week).

A simple ‘recipe’ for making any dress party ready is to add some heels and a bit of bling (like I did here). These simple nude heels are a few years old and I don’t wear them often, but they’re classic enough to keep around for when I do need to dress up. Some oversized sparkle and a touch of leopard complete the look.


Clutch and bracelet (Purple Peridot) / Necklace (ebay) / Shoes (old from Target, similar, make a statement with these)

Tell me about your holiday dress code, do you go all out dressy (if so, consider me jealous ;)) or keep it casual?

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    1. I have this Boden dress in black and blue and it is my favorite work travel item ever. It does not wrinkle, it works 3 out of 4 seasons, can be dressed up or down…it’s a great find!

      1. Alicia,
        It is a GREAT dress! I have layered it under sweaters to make it look like a cute A-line skirt and I love that it’s so easy to dress up or keep casual.
        I love dresses in general for the ease, but this one is a definite favorite.

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