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What to Wear for a Casual Holiday Party

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I always found that dressing for a fancy, semi-formal holiday party was easier than dressing for a casual holiday party. Over the years, I amassed dresses with sparkly trim and shimmery fabric, red ones, black ones and even gold and silver ones. My challenge was with dressing for a casual event such as a kids’ holiday party or a small afternoon get-together. This was always the point where I tried on several outfits, left a pile of clothes on my bed and generally wasn’t happy with what I came up with. I always want to “put my festive on,” but also feel comfortable with people who are wearing jeans or a nice dress. I also want to be comfortable and warm (living in the far north and all). In the last few years I have developed a formula: sparkly shirt, comfortable stretchy pants (think ski chalet pants), a dangling necklace and shiny riding boots. I never feel out of place, I stay warm, my feet stay dry and I have just enough bling on to feel like I’m getting into the spirit of the holidays. So the next time you feel like you’re at a loss of what to wear to a casual holiday lunch or your child’s holiday party, try this combination – Sham Style

  1. Gold Michael Kors Sweater
  2. Silver Grey Autumn Cashmere Sequined Cardigan (you can find an equivalent here)
  3. Matsu Silver Necklace
  4. TwoA Silver and Grey Necklace
  5. Paige Denim Skinny Pants
  6. Aquatalia Riding Boots

I’m interested in hearing your biggest wardrobe dilemmas. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.


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All pictures taken with my Nokia Lumia 1020 Camera Phone

My Favourite Things

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I have lots of clothes…probably way too many clothes. There are lots of items in my closet that I only wear for business or only wear occasionally. But I do have my go-to items that I wear all the time – here are the things that I couldn’t live without.

Majestic T-Shirts

Made in France from soft cotton and linen, these are the lightest t-shirts you will ever buy. These are the t-shirts you will wear when it’s so hot, you really don’t feel like wearing anything at all.

Autumn Cashmere Sweaters

Cozy cashmere that never pills and wears terrifically. I have 6 year old Autumn Cashmere sweaters that I still wear and that still look brand new.

Black Sheath Dress

I have worn this to Office Christmas parties, funerals, weddings and work meetings. Dress it up with a well-tailored blazer or make it casual with a little cardigan. For a basic, inexpensive black sheath, check out Ann Taylor.

J Brand Super Skinny Black Jeans

So comfy, wearing these J Brand jeans is like wearing sweatpants. They look great dressed up with heals or tucked into riding boots with a cozy sweater.

Tilo Scarves

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall. I use these Tilo scarves for everything from a blanket on planes, to an evening wrap, to keeping the wind off my neck.

What are your favorite, “can’t live without” items?

If you’re interested in where you can purchase these fabulous brands, check out Carriage Trade in Toronto.

Written on my Microsoft Surface RT with purple backlit keyboard