Holiday Denim Part 3 :: black + stripes

Monday, December 14, 2015

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. 
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! 


  1. Love the monochrome look! Stunning!

  2. I love your heels and how lovely you styled the striped shirt.Great look

  3. What a lovely look, Kat, those shoes are gorgeous!

    May | THE MAYDEN

  4. wow!!! so chic monochrome look!!! happy monday :)) xoxo

  5. These heels are incredible! Wow!

  6. I love your shoes,they are stunning
    You look fantastic,great pants too

  7. Amazing look! I love how the striped shirt sleeves are slightly longer than the jacket. The way the pattern pokes out at the end of your arm really does look great! x

  8. I love black and white outfits and you look really elegant :)

  9. Gorgeous holiday look. I would love to visit NYC in the winter/holiday season some year.
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

  10. Stunning as always!

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  11. You look gorgeous, I love your nail polish colour
    Walking Freckle

  12. Amazing style! You looks so gorgeous and stylish!
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  13. Your outfit looks so effortless. Everything meshes together so well :)

  14. I like how you follow the fashion trends, really nice outfits and love your pictures!
    Have a great day! Alicia

  15. Gorgeous,love your shirt! xo

  16. Beyond obsessed with the shoes! Omg, need a pair immediately.


  17. Kat!
    Nothing can truly beat an amazing black and white combination! I have been a die hard fan of this combo, though, recently I have noticed that I love adding a pop of color to brighten up the look! Though, from time to time I do go back to an old classic! :)
    I love the striped shirt together with the blazer - it just looks so chic and sophisticated!

  18. Ah Loving the black and white stripes! And the h to t black.

    Allie of

  19. so stunning!! love the way you styled this!!! you always put together outfits that are chic and 'attainable' (meaning not too fancy or too plain. just right! i really love that!)

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

  20. Nothing beats classic black, right?! You look fabulous and can we just swoon over those shoes for a minute? GORGEOUS!

    Something About That

  21. Amazing look

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  22. I love your stripes, and coated denim is fab!

  23. I love that bow blouse!! Coated denim is perfect for this time of year because it's dressier.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  24. Cutee outfit <3
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  26. love the length of the layering sleeves on your top and how the stripes peek through! cool look!

  27. I LOVE this outfit! I can't resist a good black outfit and this is so good! I used to have a pair of black coated jeans but I wore them so much, I wore the coating off and then the black faded to blue. lol. You look amazing!

  28. I'm jeans kind a girl. Love those coated jeans, I had three pairs and now I'm on hunt for new. This is fab smart casual look. You look gorgeous.

  29. This blouse is timelessly classic! Love especially how you styled it with a jacket with shorter sleeves, what a cute and funky way to layer it!

    PS. I know it's late, but Happy New Year!! Hope your 2016 is fabulous! I had to disconnect from the blogosphere due to a really tough exam. Have a great day!

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