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Your Foolproof Guide To Dressing For The Holidays

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If you’re anything like I am, you blinked and it was December. Seriously, colleges everywhere are in the midst of finals, Hanukkah starts next week, Christmas is the week after that, and then New Year’s is the week after THAT. Stressed out yet? Yeah, same. Cue the panic.

While I can’t help you with your final exams (unless you want to pay me big bucks–in that case, let’s talk) and I don’t really know what you should get your nana for the holidays, there is one thing I can help you with: your winter wardrobe. As we all know, with great power (read: getting irresponsibly drunk at holiday parties) comes great responsibility (read: looking killer in a new dress) and that is why the ladies of Us Trendy are about to be your newest BFFs.

Because we know that the busiest time of year is also the time of year that your bank account dwindles down to double digits faster than you can say, “seriously, Dad, this is the last time I’ll ask you for money,” we’re here to guide you through your holiday wardrobe, while also saving you a bit of money. And here you were thinking that Jesus is your savior. Well, look who’s saving the day now: me. You’re welcome, by the way. So, without further ado, here’s your guide to your holiday wardrobe:

Your Parents’ Annual Holiday Party

While this is not the time to pull out all the stops (read: boobs) because you’d like for your parents to continue paying your tuition, there’s also no need to channel your inner pilgrim and wear full-on sleeves and tights. So, what we’re looking for is a balance. Think Mother Teresa meets Teresa Giudice…or something like that. Examples include:

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For neighborhood approval, wear with trendy, jeweled ballet flats or classic Mary Jane heels. No necklace required, just some chandelier earrings or pearl studs if you’re more of an Jackie and less of a Marilyn.

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This is perfect for a more casual party. Think midday or brunch. Accessorize with a fun statement necklace and a sock bun for the ultimate “I’m totally wife material and ready to be introduced to your son who is coincidentally in med school” appearance.

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Purchase this dress if you’re planning on showing up to the party either hungover or drunk. Add a top knot for ease and some riding boots for comfort. Be sure not to spill anything on it, as you will quite literally be living in this adorable/comfy dress until it’s bikini season again.

Church/Mass/Temple:

Just like your parents’ party, now is not the time to show off every nook and cranny of your body. However, odds are that you’ll see tons of people you went to high school with…and this means you still need to look hot. Well, church hot.

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This is perfect for the simple gal. Pair with a blazer and either flats or sensible heels (ones that haven’t stepped foot in a bar that serves drinks in plastic cups). Add a fun necklace and loose curls.

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This is for the more casual service. Just add tights and riding boots to complete the outfit. Bonus points for a long necklace.

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Add a bejeweled cashmere and a ballerina bun for a look that screams, “I’m so mother effing classy.” Or, skip the sleeves, add some chandelier earrings and heels, and be prepared to steal the “show.”

New Year’s Eve:

Ah. The event we’ve all been waiting for. Goodbye, parents. So long, religious leaders. Peace out, judgemental people from high school. This night is about you and your friends…and alcohol, of course.

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If this doesn’t scream NYE, I don’t know what does. Add some fun, insanely strappy stilettos and be prepared to be crowned the queen of 2015…or Blackout City. Either/or, really.

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If you’re going to a black tie event and want to turn heads, this is your number. Don’t overdo it with jewelry. In this case, less is way more.

*Warning: you will literally be shaking men off if you wear this dress (not like that’s a bad thing).

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Perfect for the crop-top loving gal, this dress provides just enough skin without showing too much. Pair with sky-high heels and killer abs. Also, red lips or GTFO.

Check out Us Trendy for even more dresses, shoes, and accessories. Your body (and your bank account) will thank you.

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Catie Warren

From Rush To Rehab (@catie__warren) is a semi-fuctioning adult who has been celebrating her 21st birthday for the past three years. She attended college in the nation’s capital and to this day is angry that Pit Bull lied to her, as you cannot, in fact, party on The White House lawn. Prior to her success with TSM, Rehab was most famous for being featured in her hometown newspaper regarding her 5th grade Science Fair Project for which she did not place. In her spare time, she enjoys attributing famous historical quotes to Marilyn Monroe and getting in fights with thirteen year olds on twitter. Email: catie@grandex.co

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