A frequent concern for many of us this time of year is how to take our normal, everyday clothes, and make them “party-worthy”. I don’t like to buy a whole new outfit for a party – I’d much rather figure out a way to elevate the things I already own through the purchase of one strategic item.There are a couple of different ways to do this; today I’m going to explore the possibilities inherent in a cardigan with some sort of beaded, embroidered or metallic detailing. If you don’t want to buy a new sweater, this is a great opportunity to do something crafty – I’ve seen some amazing sweaters dressed up with ribbon embroidery, or hand beading, done by the sweater owner. In one case, the initial embroidery was done to conceal a tiny hole, and eventually transformed the sweater into a one-of-a-kind gem.
- The Embellished Cardigans:
- The Caramel and Black Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
- The Caramel and Black Starting From Scratch Wardrobe Accessories
From this wardrobe, I chose a few of the simplest garments and slid the cardigan over them. There wasn’t a simple gold bracelet in this wardrobe, but the addition of that, or a gold necklace, would be idea.
- The Black and Grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
- The Black and Grey Starting From Scratch Wardrobe Accessories
This might be the easiest wardrobe to dress up, given the general dressiness associated with black. Red earrings, or a bracelet, might go well here too..
- The Brown and Beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
- The Brown and Beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe Accessories
These are colors that aren’t usually associated with the winter holidays, but they’re YOUR colors, so you wear them because they’re right for you – who wants to blend it? A few sequins are all it takes to make this wardrobe perfectly suitable for all sorts of festive activities. Stuck in the kitchen until the last minute? Hang your cardigan in a corner somewhere, and when you whip off your apron, you slip on your cardigan, and it’s instant party time!
- The Khaki and Olive Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
- The Khaki and Olive Starting From Scratch Wardrobe Accessories
At first glance, this wardrobe doesn’t look very “holiday” either, but these colors shine when paired with deep red. The cardigan can go from quite dressy, over your best beige dress, or can be relaxed enough to go to a pub for an after-work party, with trousers and a blouse.
- The Navy and Beige Starting from Scratch Wardrobe
- The Navy and Beige Starting From Scratch Wardrobe Accessories
If you’re mostly a sporty sort of person, don’t forget the power of a little bit of metallic thrown into an otherwise quite casual pattern! And don’t forget that a dress you already own is almost certainly more than appropriate for a winter holiday party – even though the weather is cold, the parties are usually over-heated. Your mid-weight dress from warmer weather can get another airing in these environments and be both appropriate and comfortable.
- The Grey and Navy Starting From Scratch Wardrobe
- The Grey and Navy Starting From Scratch Wardrobe Accessories
A little more metallic – which jazzes up monochromatic grey very well! A tweed skirt becomes much more festive when paired with something that shimmers in the light… Again, your best dress, with beautiful jewelry, might be all that’s required. As much as we are pressured to buy new things – better things – DIFFERENT things – for this time of year, don’t forget to take a step back and consider the possibility that you have everything you need already, and that you just have to be confident enough to wear something that someone might recognize. After all, that says more about them than it say about you.
I have a few other ideas of how we can dress up these wardrobes for the holidays – do you want to see these suggestions? Let me know!