6 Show-Stopping Holiday Looks (That Are Also Comfortable!)

photo 2Brooke and I are super excited about the holidays this year. We are spending Christmas with our families. Brooke will be in sunny Arizona and I will be traveling up to Seattle, to celebrate with the Bellessa clan. With numerous parties, family get-togethers, and all kinds of festive feasts, we thought we would share what we’re wearing for the holidays. We’ve taken our favorite holiday fashion trends, and mixed and matched them to create outfits that are pretty, classic, and festive.

We looked for pieces that were showstoppers, but also comfortable and wearable in everyday life. We also love that a lot of the pieces can be worn with each other. That way, you end up getting more of a bang for the bucks you spend on clothes. See some of our outfits in a video here.

As you look at these images, we hope you are inspired to find your own style and look your best this year. Brooke and I have different tastes in clothes and we have found that different things look good and bad on each of us. Sometimes it takes a little time to find what works. These outfits didn’t happen overnight.  Start with what you already have in your wardrobe that is tried and true, then supplement with an item or two that you will get a lot of use out of this holiday season and beyond.

  • Plaid 1 of 6
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    "I've always been a lover of all things plaid, be it shirts, pants, skirts, dresses. If it's plaid, I'll wear it. I'm not sure why it's so appealing to me. I think it's the patterns and mixtures of colors, also the intersecting lines are just appealing to the eye. It is classic and timeless and yet interesting. Also plaid is so highly versatile. Whether dressed up with a sequin skirt at night, or dressed down with jeans for the day. Also amazing when layered with other shades and textures. Yep, I love plaid." - Brooke White

    Purchase this shirt for $63 and these pants for $49 both from Lulus.com.

  • Cropped Top 2 of 6
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    "I love this cropped shirt. It's super elegant and if you don't want to show skin, pair it with a high-waisted pencil skirt. You could also wear this shirt with a pair of high-waisted trousers or shorts for spring." - Summer Bellessa

    Purchase this shirt at Lulus.com for $25, and these nylons at Nordstrom for $11 .

  • Gold 3 of 6
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    "Such a strong combo! Black and Gold are two bold tones that offer high contrast, and I am a fan of high contrast. Also, even though black and gold bring the bold, they are also tried and true classics. Black is universally flattering, slimming, and modern. However, sometimes black can turn a bit goth or blah. The first thing I reach for to break up the black is a gold accessory, be it a long chain necklace, gold shoes, or a big gold bag. In this look, I love the juxtaposition of the slim black leather coat with the soft flow of the gold shimmery skirt." - Brooke White

    Purchase the shirt at Nordstrom for $100, jacket at Lulus.com, similar skirt at ModeOperandi for $552, tights at M&S for $11, and shoes at Shoedazzle.com for $46

  • Faux Leather 4 of 6
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    "The leather trend is everywhere - it's more then just pants these days. You can pair your luscious pleather pieces with just about anything. I am a fan of mixing pleather with girly blouses. It keeps the outfit chic, instead of looking like a rocker Halloween costume. However, you could try a t-shirt and flats to make this skirt more casual. This is a piece we're sure to see in the spring too." - Summer Bellessa

    Purchase this shirt for $63  and necklace for $25, both from Lulus.com and skirt from Nordstrom for $795.

  • Sequins 5 of 6
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    "I have gone sequin crazy this season, buying everything and anything with sequins in sight, from pants to skirts to sweatshirts and cardigans, and not to forget shoes. Sequins make any ordinary look special. Even if you roll out of bed and throw on a pair of old jeans and a t-shirt, throw on a pair of sparkle flats and a bit of red lipstick, your look instantly looks pulled together and like you are ready to party in life. It's a statement piece that goes a long way, and also scores high points in versatility. It all comes down to one word: sparkle, and a girl just loves to sparkle. To flicker and shimmer and shine in the light like a disco ball. That's all." - Brooke White

    Purchase this dress at Lulus.com, for $57

  • Embelished Sweatshirts 6 of 6
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    We made this sweatshirt with one of our friends, Reachel Bagley of Cardigan Empire. She is fabulous and it was a really fun activity to do with the gals. It was fun to be creative and make something that is one of a kind. If you want to see other ways to embellish a shirt, check out Brooke's article here. These shirts are great dressed up, like above, or dressed down with skinnies and ballet flats.

    Purchase this skirt at Nordstrom for $68 

Styling by Alex of AVEStyle.com and All photos by Julyssa Schenk

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