By Lindsay Tapscott
As we approach the holiday season, particularly after last year’s absence of events, we at Sympli are feeling a lot of things: excitement at seeing friends and family again, to shopping for and exchanging gifts, to ringing in a New Year––in short, to feasting and dancing and savouring each other’s company after such a long time apart. But what’s especially on our minds this year, as we gear up for all the glitter and glamour? What, exactly, we should be wearing for all of this celebrating.
It’s tough! Holiday parties and gatherings bring with them a host of style conundrums and questions: How do you dress for a fancy soirée when it’s cold out? How dressy is too dressy for daytime? How do you blend festive with cozy comfort? What kind of outfit will take you from your morning cubicle (or kitchen table) to evening cocktails? With so many questions, the idea of getting dressed up is both exciting and daunting. Read on for our suggestions on how to celebrate this season in style.
I want to dress up but it’s cold out! How do I feel (and look) festive and cozy?
Add easy elegance with velvet.
Velvet is as cozy as it is luxurious, which makes it both the perfect fabric for elevating a daytime look and a richly romantic way to add a seductive finish to evening wear (it’ll also keep you warm while en route to your many events). Go top-to-toe luxe in our long Black Velvet Cardigan and wide-leg Full Pants, or, use it as an accent, like with our Shorty Top (we love it in our Pine Frost finish) or A-Line Tunic.
How do I dress for daytime events without feeling like I’ve overdone it?
Surprise in subdued all-silver.
A great way to feel just-glam-enough is by opting for our classic Sympli pieces made holiday-ready in matte silver. The silver colour way feels fresh while the matte finish keeps you from veering too far into glittery holiday ornament-territory. We’re loving our Angle Seam Lantern Pant and Go-To Classic Relax T-Shirt (dress it up with a pair of heels, and a cardigan to stay cozy), or take it one step further in our silver Angle Seam Pleat Hem Dress for all-over winter wow.
How can I spruce up my usual basic black look without going for full-out colour?
Get playful with print or with unexpected elements
For the perfect party look that feels anything but basic, try on a navy print or choose black pieces with surprise detail. Our Noise Denim print adds extra interest to wardrobe staples like our Angle Seam Lantern Pant, our Nu Legging or our Short Trapeze Dress––making it easy for you to just pull on something that’s party-ready and go. If you’re still drawn to classic black (hey, it’s chic for a reason), our Halo Angle Tunic adds fresh detail to keep things fun.
I have a party right after work. How do I stay stylish from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.?
Opt for standout staples.
For a look that lasts all day, it’s important to choose staple pieces that you can dress up or down. Our Turtle Neck Gathered Sleeve Dress in statement-making pomegranate offers up simple sophistication for both day and night. Wear it during the day with a pair of ballet flats or ankle boots, or dress it up at night with some jewellery and a pretty pair of heels. If your preference is for only a hint of the holiday hue, our Deep V Ruched Tunic adds a pop of bright colour and can be paired with pants, heels, flats and more. Merely in need of an extra layer? Our Shawl Collar Pocket Cardigan makes for a tasteful topper without adding bulk.