Holiday Dressing without the Dress

If you have followed my blog way before it became “Dressed Accordingly”, you know that I have always had a difficult time with dresses.  I generally find myself uncomfortable wearing them, so when the holidays come around and I find myself in the position of having to “dress up” it used to (and still can) be very stressful.

But over the years, I’ve come to realize that holiday dressing does not always have to involve wearing a dress. A great wide leg trouser, a one-piece jumpsuit, or a culotte, can be a beautiful and sophisticated alternative to a dress. If you don’t currently have any of these pieces in your closet, here are some great options I’ve come across as of late:


As for the top, I tend to find myself leaning towards halter tops, but I did come across this cool fringe top at Zara which can easily be layered over a simple black sheath dress or paired with a trouser or skirt. I purchased this myself to try out for the holiday party with my colleagues and I’m excited to see if it works in real life as well as it does in my imagination!

Also, accessories are extremely important to finish off these looks. For everyday, I’m pretty simple when it comes to accessorizing, but for the holidays, usually the blingier the better. I’m loving the oversized earcuff right now, but some more “traditional” statement earrings or necklace with a large ring, is also great to complement an outfit.

A few other items that I think are great alternatives to the dress for holiday dressing here:


And for those of you already for Black Friday deals, J.Crew is having a sale: 30% your entire purchase including stuff that’s NEVER on sale (hello, Regent blazer?!).  Their December Collection has been released today if anyone is looking for some brand new goodies.It’s also a great time to pick up some outerwear as the temperatures are really starting to drop. Plus, today (Tuesday), free shipping on any purchase. And for cardmembers, an extra 40% off sale. Use code GETSHOPPING. I picked up this blazer.

Shopbop is having a buy more, save more sale. With code GOBIG15, get 15% off your purchase of $250, 20% off your purchase of $500 or 25% off your purchase of $1000+.

Madewell is offering 25% off your entire purchase with code CALMDOWN. This bucket bag has been in constant rotation since I got it!

For those of you that also bypass the dress for the holidays, what will you be wearing to holiday events? I’d love to hear it!

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