The holiday season calls for a lot of eating, drinking and being merry. Family dinners, fancy parties, small gatherings, your calendar is packed and as usual and you have no idea what to wear. Don’t stress, I went on a quest to take the guesswork out of looking fashionably festive. In the process, I caught up with Brooke Jaffe, Bloomingdale’s OVP and fashion director of ready-to-wear, to find your perfect holiday outfits.
Jaffe loves to be comfortable but elegant when eating at home, especially after going through the effort of cooking a meal for her family. “The lace sleeves on this Tory Burch sweater are the perfect detail to dress up your look while still keeping it simple.” If you’re not afraid of spills, wear with white pants for a fresh black-and-white look. People serving lasagna should opt for a black or colored pant if they’re looking for some pop. Red is particularly festive. Slip on flats to make going from kitchen-to-table a breeze.
Before you trek to grandma’s house (or she invades yours), you get to enjoy some quiet time with your SO and kids. Your look should echo the cozy vibe. “This season I’m loving the return of the old fashioned fisherman sweaters.” The intricate stitch detailing on this C by Bloomingdale’s sweater adds texture and keeps it from looking bland, and the turtle neck is completely on-trend. Jaffe suggests completing the outfit with jeans. “[It] is a great way to look adorable and comfortable.”
New Year’s Eve
“New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to go all out and ring in a brand new year with a special dress,” Jaffe said. Dazzle in a sea of LBDs in a sleeveless black-and-white beaded Parker dress. The contrasting stripes, round neck and all-over sequin embellishment make it a glamorous choice. Let the dress make the statement by pairing with black pumps.