Festive Blue :: layered dress + lace-up booties

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can officially embrace the Christmas season (aka the most wonderful time of the year). This month I'm bringing the celebratory spirit full force by focusing on holiday attire and showcasing festive looks for all sorts of affairs. I'm starting December off with a party ensemble fit for any occasion on your calendar. 
Cobalt blue is a fresh alternative to cherry red when it comes to holiday dressing. Red is merry and bright while blue is sophisticated and demure. It's a flattering hue that's all the more glamorous when offset by black & gold. 
I layered a black turtleneck underneath this fit-and-flare dress for a new take on an old favorite. I love that this look is completely modern and undeniably polished. It's office-party appropriate but at the same time it's the opposite of boring and expected. All in all, the striking color combination coupled with edgy and bold accessories make this holiday outfit an instant classic. 
Lace-up shoes are hotter than ever right now and I have to say, these babies are the fiercest pair I've seen so far; they make basic pumps look like grandma shoes. If you're looking to add electrifying edge to your holiday wardrobe this season, these heels are a must-have.  
When constructing that perfect party look, don't skimp on the glitz. Holiday fashion is all about standing out and putting forth major sparkle. I love this bold statement necklace because it's unique and a tad exotic. 
For an exceptional holiday ensemble, don't stop at one statement piece. Statement studs and a statement necklace are most definitely encouraged this time of year! 
Still craving a touch of outright Christmas glamour? Pucker up with red lipstick to make an undeniably festive entrance. I chose a muted berry lip but everyone knows you can never sport too much red during the holidays ;)
[dress: Ann Taylor (similar here) // turtleneck: Ann Taylor // heels: Ann Taylor // necklace: Ann Taylor (old but I also like this one) // earrings: Kate Spade // gold spike bracelet: Stella & Dot]

Happy December everyone! This year I'm so excited to experience the Christmas season here in New York City for the first time. It truly is a magical place to be during the holidays. It amazes me how dressed up the city gets - there are lights everywhere and pop-up Christmas tree shops roundoff almost every corner. My roommates and I haven't decorated our apartment yet but that's something to look forward to within the coming weeks. For now I'm just enjoying all of this holiday spirit and looking forward to the Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony this week! 
SHOP ::


45 comments:

  1. this is beautiful
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  2. Wow! Gorgeous dress! Looks beautiful!! Love your necklace dear!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  3. Love your layering here, blue is gorgeous on you!

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  4. You look so beautiful!<3

    Regards,
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  5. Love the blue on you! This feels very festive.

    Amy Ann
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  6. lovely look, sweety!!!! xoxo <3

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  7. I love your outfit color, stunning.

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  8. I love that you layered a turtleneck under this dress! What a cool idea.

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  9. Beautiful, The whole styling and great cape is brilliant;)

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  10. very nice outfit! Love the blue on you - the dress silhouette looks perfect on you!

    Lyosha
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  11. It really is the "most wonderful time of the year!" (Imagine me singing that). I love the idea of wearing cobalt blue to a holiday party! It's so unexpected!

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  12. I love this blue on you! I think blue is a fabulous holiday color choice especially in a dress!

    XO Chelsea http://www.shesaidhesaidfashion.com

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  13. I love the dress on you~! The color is beautiful and it suits you <33

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  14. What a great way to bring a summer dress into the colder months!

    Sartorial Diner

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  15. Gorgeous, love the boots :) xo

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  16. I love this colour on you
    You look fantastic and that dress its so beautiful

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  17. Beautiful! Love this layered look!

    Arrow

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  18. Beautiful photos. I love this dress. I'm your new GFC follower # 817 if you want to come on my blog ^ - ^

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  19. Cobalt blue is such a pretty colour! It looks fabulous on you and I adore how you layered your dress! What a lovely idea for when it's chilly outside :)

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  20. Pretty dress, I love this shade of blue and your shoes are TDF!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  21. That blue is gorgeous on you! Love the cut of the dress!

    Hailey
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  22. Looking great in that blue dress! :)

    Hope those gorgeous lace-up heels weren't too cold in this weather! :)

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  23. Yes cobalt blue is a nice alternative to red for the holidays and oh yeah I have a pair of lace up shoes I got at Zara. And like how you layered the dress, this does make it more office friendly for sure.

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  24. I really love the look of the black and blue layered sleeves. Thank you for the inspirational photos!

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  25. So cute!! you should do dressember! (I just posted on it) You have so many dresses, and you could raise so much awareness (and funds to ) to help end human trafficking! I'm working on making a link up for fashion bloggers involved. Let me know if you want to join in. :)

    Blessings,
    Christine
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  26. What a gorgeous outfit! Love the colour of your dress, you look wonderful in it!
    Fashion Soup

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  27. You look really stunning in that blue!

    xoxo,
    Karen Shannon @ http://officiallookbookstore.blogspot.com

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  28. Gorgeous I love the layering :) You look so beautiful x

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  29. Love your outfit. So cool how you paired the dress with a turtleneck for the colder temps.
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  30. This is one of my fav looks on u Kathleen! The colors are perfect on u!
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  31. Hello! Lovely look is so gorgeous ;)
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  32. The dress is so beautiful! And you look so glam in this outfit too :)

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  33. That dress, those heels... love this look! Cobalt blue is a funky yet classy color. I love how you styled the dress for a cold day, by the way. :)
    xx

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  34. I Love this layered outfit and how it was paired with those booties. You look fabulous

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  35. This color is incredible on you and I love those booties! Great look.

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  36. I've always been a sucker for that cobalt blue! It looks gorgeous on you girl!


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  37. You look gorgeous in that blue dress and I'm having some serious shoe-love here!

    Jackie
    Something About That

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  38. I would prefer dark colours and it needs to be at least 36 inches long. The concert is fairly formal but not one of those really high-brow classical ones.
    lace fit and flare dress

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