Dressing for the Holidays

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY STYLE: VELVET MINISKIRT AND LACE OFF THE SHOULDER TOP

The Steele Maiden: NYE Style - Velvet Miniskirt and Lace Off the Shoulder Top

I try not to take my style too seriously, and New Year’s Eve should be no exception. There’s seemingly so much pressure to have this extravagant night out on New Year’s (my friend Jen of Skirt the Rules wrote a great blog post about not giving in to that pressure) and the perfect sequined designer dress to match.. but some of my happiest NYE memories have been surrounded by just a few friends at someone’s house in an outfit pulled straight from my own closet.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE STYLE: SILVER SLIP DRESS AND BEADED BAG

The Steele Maiden: New Years Eve Style - Silver Slip dress and beaded bag

And just like that, Christmas has come and gone. I planned to check in here over the weekend, but instead ended up checking out from blog-land for a bit and just really enjoying time spent with family. Adam and I kicked off celebrations on Christmas Eve Eve which is our ‘meet-aversary’ .. meaning it’s been 6 years since the night we met. I wore this little red dress (now on sale!) for a fancy sushi dinner here in the city and our own present exchange before we headed home to Pennsylvania the next morning. We were lucky enough to be able to visit with all 5 of our grandparents before spending Christmas day with my parents, sister and brother in law and an extra special present this year.. our 11 month old niece!

We’re back in the city now, and setting our sights on ringing in the New Year. We still haven’t secured plans (this holiday feels like it sneaks up on me every year) but no matter what we’re doing I’ll definitely be wearing something festive like this silver slip dress and beaded bag.

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HOLIDAY OUTERWEAR: FAUX FUR SCARF AND PLAID COAT

The Steele Maiden: Holiday outerwear - faux fur scarf and plaid coat

Of all the pieces I first debuted at the beginning of the holiday season (see them all in my ‘Complete Guide to the Holidays), this plaid coat and faux fur scarf have easily gotten the most wear since then. Okay this flannel sleepshirt is in the running.. but the first two have definitely seen the most light of day.

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OFF THE SHOULDER SWEATER AND PLEATED METALLIC MIDI SKIRT

The Steele Maiden: NYE style - Off the Shoulder sweater, pleated metallic midi skirt and lace-up heels

Not only am I in a mild state of disbelief that Christmas is less than a week away – but the thought that New Year’s Eve is just around the corner has me in a general state of shock. Adam and I have tentative plans to head down to my cousin’s beach house in Delaware and have a fairly low-key NYE – but that doesn’t mean that I won’t want to still get a bit dressed up. This off the shoulder sweater and pleated metallic midi skirt balances that line between night out glitz and night in cozy in a fun way.

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HOW TO: HOLIDAY LAYERING IN A SEQUIN TOP AND FAUX FUR SCARF

Holiday layering in sequin top, striped turtleneck and faux fur stole

While I’ve definitely simplified my style over the years, I never find myself drawn to a minimalist aesthetic around the holidays. It just feels like way more fun to take the ‘more is more’ approach. Which is why piling on stripes, sequins and faux fur to all at once seemed completely rational last week.

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