Style Byte “What to wear (and not) during the holidays…”

With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to nail your outfit choices! It seems like whenever there is a boss or a mother-in-law involved, the wardrobe anxiety seems to heighten. So, to make things easier (I love easy), I have created a few Style Bytes around dressing for success during the season.

What to wear (and not) during the holidays…

OFFICE GATHERING: Work parties can create a fashion crisis. What do you wear that is appropriate but not over-the-top? What will get you noticed, but not remembered? And how do you know if an outfit is too dressy or too casual? First, you must look at the venue—that is your dress code indicator.

At the Office- If the party is at the office, despite the decorations, I suggest toning down the frock.
Do wear a cute cocktail dress that isn’t too flashy, with a great heel (not super high); and if you want to make the look more current and a little less fancy, choose an opaque tight instead of a sheer one. A beautiful pant (skinny or wide leg) and a blouse is also a lovely choice. Make sure to add some great accessories so that it doesn’t look like another day at the office.
Don’t wear denim. In my book, it doesn’t matter what type of party it is—don’t reach for denim.

Restaurant - I encourage you to spice it up.
Do bring out the sequin tops and flouncy cocktail dress, but keep it classy and not over board—no plunging necklines or super-short hemlines. I encourage the opaque tight to give the look some edge.
Don’t wear denim. If you want to be more casual and have to wear denim then opt for a black or colored denim like navy or merlot.

PAL'S PARTY: Parties that involve friends can be equally as challenging for different reasons. You don’t want to look like you tried too hard, but you don’t want to look like you didn’t try hard enough. Again, the venue will help dictate the outfit, but overall keep it more casual and relaxed—just like the atmosphere.

House party: If the party is at your pal’s house, go with cute but relaxed.
Do wear a great pant and a fun, sexy top. Bring out the leather pants, cords, or a pair of coated denim with a sequin top and booties (heel or flats).
Don’t go too overboard. This is a pal’s house, not a club. Remember that only one thing in your outfit has to be the show-stopper.

Bar: Bring. It. On.
Do something daring. Bars are the perfect place to mix up your fashion wardrobe and get a little wild. Rock your denim with a killer shirt or jacket and a rough pair of boots. I love mixing a soft look with some edge.
Don’t get out of control.


His Family: Whether you’ve been with his family for a lifetime or are a newcomer, dress appropriately at family functions.
Do dress conservatively and dress-up rather than down. Always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed—it shows a level of respect and appreciation. No ball gowns, but between colored denim and a little black dress, go dress and show his mom that you care. That said, I love a nice conservative(ish) dress, opaque tights and boots/bootie (to dress it down) or a lovely heel to dress it up.
Don’t wear denim! Or forget to bring a gift. Flowers or a nice candle are great, safe gifts. If you know them well and know what they like to drink, then a bottle of wine is great. Just don’t show up empty-handed, even if you are bringing a side dish.

Your Family: The clothing situation is always less stressful with your own family, but remember that it is the holidays and dressing nicely is a sign of respect.
Do bring your mom flowers.
Don’t wear denim.

All in all, the holidays are traditional. They bring people together in the most beautiful way, so don’t mess them up with a bad outfit!

As always, I’m here for you—just stop by Apt.202!

XX Ashley Rothwell-Campagna
Owner, Apt. 202

Pic #2: Ella Moss tank, Billy Blues pants, Corse Como shoes and BCBGen clutch. Ella Moss dress, Jenny Bird horn necklace, Vintage necklace

Pic #3: BCBG black tank, DL 1961 wine denim, Vince Camuto bootie and Jenny Bird jewelry. BCBGen sweater, Funktional shorts and Vince Camuto boots.

Pic #4: Addison dress and leather accented necklace. Addison dress, Addison jacket and Vince Camuto boots.