If you’ve been around here for a while, you already know how keen we are on the concept of a capsule wardrobe: a closet full of items that can be mixed and matched with one another for an infinite number of combinations and a permanent fix to your “I don’t know what to wear today” conundrum.
The holiday season is inevitably packed with events that involve far more than just the actual day of each holiday. From celebrations with friends to Secret Santa exchanges to walking around looking at holiday lights, it really does turn into an entire season of outfits on its own—which makes it perfect for a capsule wardrobe, where you can mix and match pieces together to create an endless number of festive looks for anything that might pop up.
It’s officially time to make the very most of the 2023 holidays, and we’ve made a list, checked it twice, and created a capsule wardrobe that will make sure you’re celebrating in style.
How to Style Your Holiday Capsule Wardrobe
To a formal party
velvet dress (plus) | sequin bag | bow earrings | mary janes
You can’t make it through the holiday season without at least one sequin look, and this one is the dress of our dreams. Wear it to any formal holiday parties you have on your schedule for a night of endless compliments, and double dip by wearing it on New Year’s Eve, too. With a pair of heels that feature a touch of crystal and a velvet bag, you’ll be reminded why it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
To your office holiday party
tweed jacket (plus) | turtleneck (plus) | tweed skirt (plus) | bow clutch | mary janes
Nothing rings in the holiday season quite like a touch of feathers can. Make the look holiday cool by pairing a feather-adorned top with leather pants, loafers, and a festive bag perfect for the holiday season.
To your S.O’s family party
black heels | bow clutch | hair bow | cardigan (plus) | jeans (plus)
The holiday season is stressful enough without the added nerves of going to your S.O’s family party (what do you wear to impress someone’s grandma?). Keep it safe with a smart pair of trousers, classic off-the-shoulder top, and a velvet headband that’ll tie it all together.
To Christmas Eve dinner
bow clutch | grey sweater (plus) | sequin skirt (plus) | bow earrings | black heels
The key to Christmas Eve is to combine comfort with chicness as much as possible. The answer? A flowing, festive midi skirt that screams “Santa’s coming,” but is comfortable enough to sit on the couch and watch a movie in when dinner’s done. Pair it with a simple sweater bodysuit and heeled boots for a put-together, festive look you can turn to year after year.
To walk around a Christmas market
wool coat (plus) | grey sweater (plus) | jeans (plus) | sequin bag | ballet flats
To a festive dinner with friends
bow top (plus) | sequin bag | bow earrings | leather pants (plus) | mary janes
For your dinner reservation to celebrate the holidays with friends, opt for a mini skirt and sweater combo. If it’s chilly where you live, top it off with a pair of tights and a wool coat that makes for a festive look that’s not too on the nose.
This post is sponsored by Nordstrom, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.