It’s that time of year again, you know, the one when all rules go out the window and you can be as glamorous as you wish. As fashion editors at HSL, we spend our days writing about current trends, but as we often tell our readers, fashion is larger than the sum of its parts. Your style conveys to the world so much more than what type of fashionista you are. A single outfit can reveal multiple layers of your personality, and that’s precisely why you shouldn’t always follow trends blindly. Yes, every fashion month comes with its set of rules, but these rules are meant to be broken and bent to your will. If you don’t add a personal stamp, the clothes will end up wearing you, instead of the other way around. This is exactly why we always follow our gut and go with what feels good and representative of who we are, sometimes regardless of trends, sometimes incorporating them in our own unique way.
That brings us to today, when we give to you our personal holiday outfit picks, and hopefully not only will they provide inspiration, but also prove that you don’t have to have pieces from Tom Ford’s line in order to dazzle and own every room. Perhaps after seeing what we’ve picked out, you’ll realize that your go-to outfit is already hanging in your closet, so let’s see what your favorite HSL fashion gurus will be (jingle bell) rocking this holiday season.
When it comes to my personal style, I am as feminine as it gets. Flowy and romantic silhouettes and floor-length dresses are the epitome of sophistication and elegance in my book. However, I do have a soft spot for a touch of sexiness, as long as it’s done tastefully and in moderation. That’s why this year, my heart has been captured by this gorgeous high-slit wrap dress with a festive yet chic pattern infused with gold tones. Black sandals with subtle gold details are a definite go-to with a dress like this, along with a clean golden clutch with a clasp. Hair parted to the side, Old Hollywood waves, red lips, and that’s it.
This season I am completely crazy over these suede thigh-high boots, so I decided to start with footwear and then build my outfit around them. After numerous combinations that ended on a pile on my bed, I decided that the boots will be the focal point of the outfit so I kept the outfit simple. I decided on a cute burgundy skater dress and a subtle jewelry to spice it up a tad. This combo is sexy yet cute, and festive and sophisticated at the same time. It only goes to show that you don’t need to show a lot of skin to be super-sexy. For makeup, I think I’ll most likely go with a golden color palette – sparkly lids and nude glossy lips.
Call me a stickler for classics, but for me, my faithful little black dress is all I need to shine. Just add a pair of high heels into the mix, along with that perfect and luscious red lipstick, and you’ve got a winning combo. Simple yet effective. This year I’m more of a pouf dress kind of gal, since it accents my waist and gives me a bit of a vintage vibe, which I adore. A pair of lovely diamond earrings will add just enough glitz I need to make the night all the more special.
Roxana’s winter foxiness
Just because I’m in Europe, which forces me to snuggle up a bit doesn’t mean I can’t still look hella good. After all, Europeans spend every holiday season in the cold and they manage to style it up. This year I’m going for that shabby-chic-sexy combo and the way I’m achieving it is with a mixture of a crisp white shirt, muted green sweater and a red leather mini skirt with a bold front zipper. I think these three balance each other really well. And the colours represent Christmas so well! I’m going with thigh-high black stiletto suede boots, and for a touch of glitz, a solid gold metallic clutch. As always, I’m going for a bit of everything, playing and experimenting with styles and textures, and it works! I am having my short bob cut the day before so it looks super fresh and straight. It wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a bit of ridiculousness. This time a “ho-ho-ho” necklace will do the job. I highly suggest you pair things you wouldn’t usually, you might be pleasantly surprised.
I can’t help it, I’m not a traditional glam girl, and even when I have to be, a bring in a bit of edge to it. Of course, the easiest way to achieve the punk glam is with a black leather biker jacket. Now, since I am aware that I need something for the glam effect, I decided to go with a festive gold pleated skirt, which is also a color that meshes with the black flawlessly. I’ll be keeping the top white and simple, but will probably add a classy twist with classic black pumps to balance out the jacket.
Those who know me know that I am an all black everything kind of gal. However, what most people don’t know is that I am secretly a mixture of a goth and pin-up gal, so many will be in for a surprise when I show up in my vintage green curve-hugging dress. It seems conservative but, just like Joan from Mad Men, I think I’ll leave a trail of broken hearts (kidding). An updo is in order here – what else, along with a winged eyeliner Kat Von D style, and a bright red lip. Patent leather pumps and a little vintage handbag with clasp, and I am ready to paint the town red baby.
I like my Christmas outfits like I like my life – chill with a touch of glam, and this year’s combination is definitely a reflection of that. High-rise wide-leg black trousers and a full sequin top tucked in, and voila – I am good and ready to party. This outfit is glamorous without being constraining, so I’ll be able to dance ‘till I drop. Just a pair of geometric gold earrings and a clutch with a chain (to keep the hands free), and this dancing queen is done.
This season, I’m keeping things very light and casual. Since I’ll be spending time in Europe this holiday season, I’m going to layer up with a touch of swag. Classic cream-colored or black trousers and a white tee paired with an oversized sweatshirt is my go-to. Not much different from my usual attire really. White tennis shoes for a ‘smidge’ of polish and that’s pretty much it. This is my style, and this night, like all others should be a reflection of that.