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December 12, 2016
Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust

Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust We are officially 1 day away from 12 days to Christmas – what?! Time has been flying by uncomfortably quickly all year for me but this slide into home (i.e. the new year) is really freaking me out! For instance, the Christmas party Matt and I chatted about having at our place months ago that felt like it was eons away for so long is now all of a sudden happening this weekend. I’ve chatted lots about party style over this season but especially now that we’re really in the thick of it, it’s time to really have your outfits at the ready!

Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust I’ve worn this Free People sequin dress (this one’s similar and under $50!) countless times and for such a show-stopping, eye-catching piece, I’ve found it surprisingly versatile. On its own for New Year’s years and years ago, styled with an A-line skirt over it for the following New Year’s or with a soft blush knit over top, I somehow keep finding ways of breaking it out over the years.

Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust This is perhaps my favourite iteration though, mostly because it most captures this obsession I’ve developed the older I get with finding that perfect balance between juxtapositions. A cozy sweater with an extremely femme dress, sexy heels with a classic menswear-inspired coat.

Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust These RAYE heels are not everyday wear (well, not everyday wear for me at any rate!) but they are so, so good that I’ve gotten surprisingly amazing mileage out of them. And as for this Free People dress, well, as mentioned above, if you invest in sequins in a neutral tone, you can get some pretty amazing cost-per-wear out of it!

Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust What I love the most is that both this Aritzia coat and Sanctuary sweater add levels to the look (similar options here for the sweater and the coat) – outside for part of the evening and worried about being chilly? Keep the coat on and ditch it when you first step into the party. If the party really amps up and you get too hot, then go full-sequin in just the dress! Layers, people! They’re the best.

Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or Bust Holiday style tips in a Free People sequin dress, Sanctuary knit sweater, Raye lace up heels, Aritzia camel wool coat and Ted Baker blush clutch styled by To Vogue or BustSimple accessories with my perennial fave Leah Alexandra and a sleek blush clutch and I’m set, plus leftover half-up magic via my boo Chris Weber from our hair tutorial (you can see it here!).

What parties do you guys have lined up this season? Tell me in the comments below and I might be able to pull some style tips around the specific shindig!

Photos by Alicia Fashionista

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8 Comments

  • Reply Ewa Macherowska December 12, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Great look 😉

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    • Reply Alex Grant December 12, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks so much Ewa! x

  • Reply Jessica December 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Absolutely LOVE this look!! The juxtapositions make it very elegant and classy, and the colours/tones are perfect!

    As an hour glass, how do you keep your shape when wearing sweaters over dresses/skirts? I’ve had trouble with this and haven’t ever felt it looks right! Best wishes! xoxo

    • Reply Alex Grant December 12, 2016 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks so much lady! Hmmm let me think on that! I think the best trick for me is wearing a minimizing bra (I get mine from Change) as my chest is what usually creates an unflattering effect otherwise – shirts will just drape off my chest otherwise and make me look way bigger than I am! So really investing in a good minimizer (which suck and are not comfy but help so much style-wise!) is definitely key :). Hoping to do a bra series soon!!

  • Reply Jill December 13, 2016 at 5:13 am

    This is my FAV! Can’t wait to see you this weekend 🙂

    • Reply Alex Grant December 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

      Thanks booo!!!! Let me know as soon as you’re in AS SOON as you’re in love you xx

  • Reply Kristen Robin December 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    Wow, LOOVEE your styling!! The sequins are such a fun unique pop! I like how they are peaking out from under your sweater!

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    • Reply Alex Grant December 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! xo

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