For the last installment of my holiday denim series, I'm straying from the typical blue jean staple and featuring ultra-flattering coated denim in the blackest of blacks. With dramatic stripes, a structured blazer, and fierce heels, this party ensemble is a chic showstopper fit for any setting.
Coated denim is sleek and edgy. It's the perfect alternative for those not ready to take on leather yet want something more special than run-of-the-mill denim. I love the tough satiny finish - it gives these jeans perfect polish.
A smart blouse can make you feel put together in an instant, bonus that this one comes with a cute bow! Plus these vertical stripes are surprisingly flattering and are much more fun than a solid hue.
When in doubt, throw on a tailored blazer. It pulls your look together and acts as a brilliantly refined third piece; it's the jacket that will effortlessly elevate any ensemble.
Up your off-duty game with minimal effort by swapping classic pumps for killer lace-up booties. Wear these heels with anything and everything - they're a 2016 must-have.
Finish with dazzling drop earrings that pack enough punch to be your solo piece of jewelry.
Instead of a cherry red lip, I opted for a
ruby gloss with a subtle sheen and the staying power of a stain. Choose a muted gloss like this for a holiday look that's not so blatant.
Suiting doesn't have to be so serious. Think of this combo as a trendy modern-day two-piece. With some sparkling accessories and a red lip, it's downright festive.
Photos by Ryan Kathleen Greene
blouse: Ann Taylor // blazer: Lauren Conrad for Kohl's // coated jeans: Gap (similar here) // lace-up booties: Ann Taylor // earrings: Ann Taylor (old but I also like this pair) // watch: David Wellington]
It's been fun finding Christmas-themed places to shoot around the city because NYC does such a great job of getting dressed up for the holidays. These photos were taken at the Union Square Christmas Market, which is highly festive and filled with unique gifts and treats. It's a great spot to find that perfect present for the friend who has it all. Cheers to Christmas shopping and looking stylish while doing it!