12 Days of Get Dressed for the Holidays

J. Crew FactoryWe’ve had a difficult fall at my house, what with one thing and another. Currently, we’re juggling basketball practices, karate classes, a science fair project and an Advent Angel program that requires baking and crafting — two things the kid participating hates to do. If it weren’t for my 10-year-old, we’d have no holiday decorations at all. Thank goodness for that kid.

Sadly, I am coming up a little lot short in the holiday spirit department, and it’s starting to wear me out. I’ve been looking for a way to jump start my festive self, and I think I’ve come up with a possible solution: 12 days of wearing something super fun and out of the ordinary and just a wee bit festive. Because maybe then I’ll feel a little less crabby and a little more like celebrating.

Are you in?

Holiday dressing strategies tend to focus on what to wear for parties and events, but most of us aren’t living the kind of life where we’re going to a cocktail party every night (which is kind of sad, really). We’re spending lots of time with our kids and spouses and — if we’re really fortunate — with dear friends and family. So why not dress up for that?

For the next 12 days, we’re going to talk about easy ways to up the ante for the holidays — not just for parties but for every day. Let’s start with a simple strategy: Trade your basic tee for a washable silk shirt — maybe the one you’ve got hanging in the back of the closet that you’re always wanting to wear but never pull out because it’s just too much for a regular old Tuesday.

That one.

A silk shirt is, indeed, dressier than a tee, but it’s also more flexible than a button down, more feminine and less office-y. Dress your silk shirt down by pairing with jeans or skinny cords, and warm it up with a cozy cardigan. Keep the rest of your outfit casual — no pencil skirts or heels — and appropriate for whatever is on your schedule (kid party, shopping, gift wrapping).

And don’t ignore the washable part — dry cleaning can be daunting, but washable silk is super versatile. Hand wash in cold water and Woolite; line dry; wear often.

Tomorrow: Bring the bling.

Photo via J. Crew Factory

Get Dressed with Susan Wagner

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