Naughty or Nice? How is one to dress for each event of the festive season? We rifled through the racks with Kash O’Hara of 'The Style Doctor'.
“This festive season, staple clothes - such as a basic dress, playsuit or skirt-and-top combo - are must-have pieces to get you (and your wardrobe) ready for any occasion,” explains professional stylist, Kash O’Hara.
“Minimalistic pieces will allow you to create a more versatile outfit, and are perfect when you are taking your look from an afternoon BBQ to a cocktail party with the simple addition of a bold shoe or accessory.”
A statement hat and pair of sunnies worked back with a Panama hat and large fedoras are on trend this season, advises Kash. “Aviators, cat’s eyes shaped sunglasses and round frames are not only trans-seasonal but they suit various face shapes too.”
Kash also suggests dressing up your look for a cocktail party with a great pair of heels, a clutch and jewellery. “Keep in mind that accessories are there to add to your look and not draw attention away from the whole outfit, you can play it safe by opting for minimal styling, and always make sure to take another look before leaving the house and remove any piece that you are not too sure about.”
Summer is usually in full swing by the time Christmas rolls around so make sure you’re wearing natural fabrics that breathe well in the heat.
“Cotton, silk, linen or light-weight wool fabrics are best or if it’s a blended fabric, make sure the majority is a natural fibre,” suggests Kash.
If in doubt, follow Kash's quick-fire guide to the holiday season:
The Christmas Eve Cocktail Party
Accessories: Clutch bag, minimal jewellery.
Shoes: Heels or wedges for more long-standing support.
Colours: Festive colours of red, green, gold, silver or the basics: black, navy or white for non-traditionalists.
Top Tip: “If you’re wearing red or green, pair it with a nude or metallic shoe to tone down your look and if your outfit is a more of a neutral tone than try to brighten up your look with some contrasting colours. ," suggests Kash. "Also remember that this is a family event so it’s the perfect occasion to bring out one of your more traditional numbers."
Shona Joy Knot Draped Midi Dress (RRP $280). Available at The Iconic.
The Christmas Day Family BBQ
Shoes: Sandals, either gladiator style or a feminine ballet lace-up.
Accessories: Fedora or boater style hat and sunglasses.
Colours: Red, green or white
Top Tip: “At the moment, white on white is a popular trend, it works for most women and is a look that can be dressed up or down.” Just ensure that tomato sauce and toddlers keep their distance.
Bardot Evie Playsuit (RRP $119.95). Available at The Iconic.
The formal Christmas Lunch
Dress/Style: Chic jumpsuit or dress.
Shoes: Heels, kitten or as high as you can handle!
Accessories: Small handbag and beautiful jewellery.
Colours: Simplistic with a pop of Christmas cheer.
Top Tip: Even though it’s a formal lunch you still have to remember it’s a daytime event, Kash cautions, “so keep styling to a minimum and ensure that it is something that you will be comfortable in all day.”
Atmos+Here Orchard Midi Lace Dress (RRP $89.95). Available at The Iconic.
The New Year’s Eve Party
Dress/Style: Party / Cocktail Dress
Shoes: Heels! If you are after something more contemporary than a stiletto, go for a block heel.
Accessories: Something that sparkles! Think shoes, bag or statement jewellery Colours: Blacks and metallics are always the perfect sexy pairing for the party season.
Top Tip: Have fun with your outfit, urges Kash. “Introduce textures and go big and go bold, it is after all, a night to have fun, let your hair down and introduce a new and better year.”
Finders Keepers The Runner Dress (RRP $199.95). Available at The Iconic.