2 Alternatives to Wearing Black for the Holidays

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Do you feel like you’re stuck wearing black for the holidays? Black is easy! Black is thinning! Black is boring! Wait, what was that? Boring? Well, yes, it can be predictable and boring. Try adding some color to your festive events this year. Not sure how to do it? I’m here to help!
Over the next 3 weeks, I will be outlining 5 different places where you may be wearing special outfits. Here are the first 2 alternatives. This holiday season wear a minimum amount of black or maybe even none! Who knows? You may start a new tradition.  🙂 🙂

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1. Church or Synagogue Gatherings

The level of formality for upcoming events will vary. Think first about how your outfit can show respect for the occasion. A general rule of thumb is to limit anything too casual or too revealing. Many holiday events call for daytime dressy outfits or business casual outfits. While you’re right to consider modesty, avoid looking frumpy. Your clothes should fit you properly and flatter you. Here are three non-black outfit choices that might be suitable.

  • Team shades of pale gray and silver together in a sweater and pant. These colors will reflect light and create beauty without being flashy.
  • Sheath dresses in red, pink, blue, or green are festive alternatives to black. Create an accent with a multi-colored print orbit scarf that stays close to your neck.
  • This is the perfect time to pull out your brocade and jacquard jackets. Even if they have a small amount of black in them, you can play up the other colors in the print by adding gloves, a small handbag or shoes in one of the other dominant shades.
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2. Holiday Parties

If the party theme is ugly holiday sweaters, you’re lucky. They don’t come in black! The ugly ones are usually in red, green, or blue. But let’s say you’re going to a more traditional holiday party. Festive party invitations should signal you to reach for your jeweled clutch, your sparkly brooches, and faux fur wraps in every color but black. Here are some ideas.

  • For a casual party hosted in someone’s home, consider wearing a tartan print blouse with a dressy flared jean, heels, and a juniper green faux fur cropped jacket.
  • A white tailored silk pantsuit with burgundy suede heels, a burgundy jeweled handbag and a statement necklace in shades of purple and red is much more interesting than black.
  • This is a perfect opportunity to wear a long dress in an exotic print. If the party is more casual add a wide belt at the waist and wear suede ankle boots.

Stay tuned for my next blog with more great holiday fashion ideas containing alternatives to black!

As always, I welcome your questions and your feedback! Need more personal help dressing for this holiday season? You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

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