The 6 Trends of Christmas: My 6 Favorite Holiday Clothing Styles
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
I like to dress a little boho, even during Christmas and the other winter holidays, but you can do most of these cool holiday clothing trends in a more understated way if you don’t like to lean towards the edge. On the other hand, this is the season to be festive, so have a little fun. Also, I don’t want you to waste money, so you should get items that you’ll continue to wear for the holidays (and beyond)… if you’re buying something new.
If you've come to this article from Pinterest, I've changed some of the pictures to photos of outfits for Christmas 2014. If you leave a comment, I'll tell you where last year's photos are from.
Here are the current celebratory fashion trends that I'm liking:
1. Ethnic Holiday Clothing Trend
I love the Russian, Hungarian, Eastern European folk look. If you do this right, you might feel like grabbing some cute, long-haired gypsy fiddler by the hand and folk dancing around the Tannenbaum with him. Try mixing and matching folkloric Christmas roses with different types of embroidery patterns to help you create your own boho Christmas merriment. Or, you can do this trend straight and wear a simple, but festive, folk dress with tights or leggings for a classic look.
If you need to look professional:
If you like the folkloric style, but you need to come across more professional for your boring office party, get an ethnic scarf, jacket, kimono, or bolero and wear it over your LBD or a black top and pants. Later on, you can pair your jacket with a pair of jeans for a casual, but beautiful, look.
There's almost always a fun way to take any dressy top and tone it down for daytime or casual evening wear.
2. Baroque Christmas Clothing
I love the Baroque look. It can be simple and tastefully elegant, smashingly glamorous and over the top, funky-dory and hippie-chick chic, extremely casual and boringly suburban, or rock-and-roll glam-bam-arama.
If you’re lucky enough to have a big-time Christmas party on your schedule, you can go all out from head to toe in black and white, black and silver, white and gold, or some other equally fabulous combination. If you’re just going to your daughter’s house for a small get-together, and you’re a typical American family, you can wear a black T-shirt (or simple tunic) embellished with gold Florentine scrolls. And, if you want something in between for your workplace holiday party, you can wear a scroll jacket (long, short, bolero) over your little black dress or black top and trousers. Of course, you’ll be able to use that same Baroque jacket to “quick change” like superman in a phone booth… going into the phone booth as Office Girl and reappearing as Super Glamour Girl…ready to take on the town (or the cruise ship) in a single bound. The only problem is finding that darn phone booth.
3. Gatsby Flapper Trend for Christmas or New Year's
Just like all of the other trends, you can glam up your roaring-twenties holiday outfit all the way – from your feathered headpiece to your sparkly Maryjane flapper shoes – or you can just wear a simple deco-style top with a pair of jeans. It just depends where you live, where you’re going to be partying, and who you’re going to be partying with. Just like the Baroque look, the Gatsby trend was made for living it up and having a grand old time. But, it’s okay to play this trend down and just give a few hints that you lived during The Jazz Age during your past life. However, I think that any of the ideas in this article are preferable to wearing a fuzzy sweatshirt with Rudolf’s face on it. But, it all depends upon whether you want to blend in with the crowd or rise above the masses.
4. Glittery Party Jackets: Cropped, Boleros, Sequins, Beads
Okay, I lied. Glittery party jackets and boleros are not a new trend.
As you probably know, you can take any plain dress (long or short) or any plain top-and-pants outfit and glam it up to the hilt in about five seconds by throwing on a sparkly sequined or beaded jacket. Well, the plain dress or pants don’t actually need to be plain. You can mix and match your sparkly-patterned top with all kinds of prints and patterns. No matchy-matchiness required. In fact, if you’re really trendy, mixing and matching prints on prints is preferred, but you already knew that… even if you haven’t gotten up the nerve to try it yet.
5. Faux Fur Vests and Wraps
All of the photos I show are faux fur, but you can do whatever your conscience tells you to do, and I won’t squeal. Yes, fur toppers are super trendy this year, and they’re sure to be in style for a few more years, if not longer. Fur capes, wraps, and shrugs go well with Baroque and flapper outfits. Look closely at one of the photos. The stylist paired a fur vest (gilet) with a tartan dress… giving the look a more boho feel. And, the floral embroidered sheepskin vest in the other photo is both folkloric and boho… which means you’ll wear it forever. Don’t you remember this style from the 70s? Don’t you wish you still had one of the original ones?
6. Tartan and Plaid Christmas Trend
Plaids are big this year. I’ve never been that much into plaid, but I remember that the English side of my family was very much into Christmas plaids in various red and/or green hues and patterns when I was a little kid in the 50s and early 60s, so this is a traditional Martha-Stewart-ish look. However, you can also take tartans and spin them into indie styles, which means that tartan pieces are something you might wear long after Christmas is dead and gone. Plaids are punk in the UK. Plaids are grunge in the US. So, choose your poison and wear this trend straight or wear this trend twisted… it’s up to you and your style and your unique sense of irony. What can I say? I would have been a cheeky, geeky hipster if I had been born into the Gen Y tribe.
More Party Clothes Ideas
Okay, these are not the only Christmas-Kwanzaa-Hanukkah-Winter Solstice holiday trends I can come up with, but I’m running out of room. And, if you’re a creative, artsy type (or dead broke), and you want to mix things up a little, you can do tartans on tartans (mixed-up plaids), or you can add a little folkloric stuff to your Baroque items, or you can be just as much of a Boho Christmas Gypsy Princess as you want to be… unless Grandmamma is extremely wealthy and this might be her last Christmas before she changes her will. Other than that, I am giving you written permission to play Nirvana as loud as you want at your Christmas party. How many times can you listen to Jingle Bell Rock before you start getting queasy?
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Photo Credits: Prshots.com. All links ship to the US and most countries unless noted. All photos are from Christmas 2014 unless noted.
- Main Photo: Baroque dress M n Co, 2013.
- Another black metallic party dress with a baroque feel: Adrianna Papell (plus size) Fit & Flare dress at Nordstrom.com.
- Folk Inspired Holiday Dresses: Therapy "Caviar" dress at HouseOf Fraser. co. uk (standard and express delivery worldwide) in the Women's Party Shop, Elissa and Lexi tunic dresses at Monsoon.
- Folk Scarf or Jacket for Christmas: Accessorize, Monsoon "Embellished Drape Jacket", M&S "Sequin Embellished Jacket".
- Baroque Party Dresses: Embellished maxi dress at M amd Co, Apricot, Next, "Ava" lace dress (plus size) Marisota.
- Flapper Party Dresses: M an Co, Marisota (plus size), M&Co, Apricot.
- Faux Fur Stole, Coat or Gilet: Miss Sel fridge, Next, Wallis.
- Christmas Plaid Dressy or Casual: F&F 2013, People Tree.
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