Festive Edgy

When we think festive outfits, usually red, green, metallics, and sparkles come to mind. Even though I love those things and have a tendency to dress like Mrs. Claus around the holidays, it’s always a fun challenge to make unexpected looks merry and bright.

This midi dress fits the bill and then some, giving off some jolly vibes in muted holiday hues and luxurious mixed knit fabrics. Striped sweaters will also forever bring me back to the whimsical ones from Gap Christmas commercials growing up (anyone else?!), so the nostalgia factor is real here too. I styled the dress with a leather jacket and round sunnies for a bit more edge, neutral booties, and my loyal leopard clutch, because obviously.

Dress: Asos | Leather Jacket: Sanctuary (similar) | Shoes: Aldo (currently marked down to $50!) | Sunglasses: Ray Ban | Clutch: Clare V | Rings: Baublebar

A huge thanks to my long lost babe, Jess of The Smiths do Love, for editing these photos to perfection!

Merry + Bright

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If you need some last minute Christmas party outfit inspo, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going full glam in today’s post showcasing a few of my favorite elements for a chic holiday look.

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Emerald, fur, luxe gold details, black accessories, and a pop of red – these are a few of my favorite things! This outfit revolved around this vintage fur capelet that my mom gave to me, since it’s such a statement piece. I knew it belonged with a rich emerald color, so this flirty little minidress from StyleDwell was absolutely perfect. Best part? It has sassy little side cutouts (#sideboob) that can be seamlessly covered with the capelet if you’re around mixed company, but show just the right amount of skin when it’s party time.

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As for accessories, I went with simple black heels and a not-so-simple black Taxidermy clutch that went along with the vintage vibe of this outfit beautifully. To top it off, some delicate gold bangles, a few midi rings, and last but certainly not least (and possibly my favorite piece that Candy Shop Vintage has ever created), the gold elephant necklace. The look wouldn’t be complete without a little pop of red, so I went with a crimson lip to really get in the holiday spirit. Oh, and the present helped a little too.

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Have the merriest of Christmases, friends! ❤

Dress: c/o Styledwell | Fur Capelet: Vintage (similar here) | Clutch: c/o Taxidermy | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman (thanks Southern Meets Chic!) | Necklace: c/o Candy Shop Vintage | Bracelets: c/o Moon & Lola | Rings: Gorjana via Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!) | Lips: Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in “Standout” | Nails: Essie (“Penny Talk”) + OPI (“Infrared-y To Glow”)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

‘Tis the Season

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‘Tis the season for holiday parties – that’s how the saying goes, right? With all the events going on this time of year, it can be difficult to find on-trend outfits that are festive, yet don’t have you channeling your Christmas tree. I always find myself going full Mrs. Claus (always drawn to anything red/green/fully sequined), so for today’s look I went with a more subtle holiday ensemble.

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When it comes to shopping for holiday party looks, my favorite local boutiques never let me down. II Brunettes is full of festive and fashionable pieces with a little bit of an edge, which I love. When I walked into the store I was immediately drawn to this For Love & Lemons dress with lace details, and this fur coat from Show Me Your Mumu was kind of made to go with it. Pairing jewel tones like sapphire and emerald feels so luxe and also offers a fab alternative to more traditional holiday looks!

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For my accessories, I went with simple black pieces since the rest of the outfit had so much going on. To top it off, since I mentioned I’m always drawn to sequins and sparkles around the holidays (and always), I knew I wanted an eye-catching touch. I opted for shiny gold jewelry with this Jenny Bird chain necklace and a stack of Gorjana rings, which totally gave the same effect.

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Last but not least, I swiped on a wine-colored lipstick and a mani to match. This went along with the jewel tones color palette perfectly, and also subtly/sneakily ensured that the outfit had both Christmas colors (hehe I can’t help it).

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More holiday party looks to come, so stay tuned! Thanks for reading ❤

Dress: For Love and Lemons c/o II Brunettes | Fur Coat: Show Me Your Mumu c/o II Brunetttes | Crossbody: Gap | Shoes: Shoemint (RIP, similar here) | Necklace: Jenny Bird c/o II Brunetttes | Rings: Gorjana via Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!) | Lips: NYX Simply Vamp Lip Cream in ‘Temptress’ | Nails: Essie in ‘Bahama Mama + Matte About You

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink

Lady in Luxe

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Jewel tones, quilted leather, (faux) fur, and lots of gold bling – sometimes you just gotta go a little luxe, am I right? In related news, now that it’s November and I’m one of *those* people, this fancy nancy look also gets me inexplicably excited for the holidays. 51 SLEEPS! I have an app, don’t judge me.

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If you were wondering, yes, it’s still one million degrees in Charleston. Living in this confused climate prompts fall-loving fashionistas to get creative when they want to break out the fur vest – enter the sleeveless mock neck dress. This emerald-colored frock (some might even call it Christmas tree green? no?!) was one of my favorite purchies from my month in NYC. It has all my favorite things – it’s flattering, affordable, and most of all, the pseudo turtleneck confuses my wardrobe/me into thinking it’s kind of sort of fall. By manipulating necklines, autumn hues, and luxurious textures, I was finally able to create a November-appropriate outfit that keeps shvitzing to a minimum. Gals in the south, can I get a hell yeah?

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Accessories, as always, were kept to a minimum. LOL just kidding, you guys know I majored in overaccessorizing (actually it was biology, which I am clearly putting to excellent use). Anyway, I topped off this outfit with a few chic pops of black with my mules, bag, and sunnies, which paved the way for lots of fun jewelry. I went with my new fave Betsy Pittard necklace, some fab earrings from Zara (one is an ear jacket and the other is a crawler!), a couple Bourbon & Boweties bangles, my latest Rocksbox love from Loren Hope, Charleston Rice Beads, and my everyday gold midi rings. As for the final touches, matte nude lips to keep some things simple and bordeaux nails to not. (No, Dad, that paragraph wasn’t written in another language; those are all real things.)

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Going a little luxe has never felt so cool. No pun intended.

Dress: Topshop | Vest: Forever 21 | Mules: Target (similar here) | Bag: Chanel | Sunnies: Karen Walker c/o Ditto (use code TOPKNOTS for your first month free!) | Necklace: Betsy Pittard from Teal | Earrings: Zara (similar) | Beaded Bracelet: Candy Shop Vintage | Cuff Bracelet: Loren Hope via Rocksbox (use code chloexoxo for your first month free!) | Bangles: Bourbon & Boweties | Rings: Gorjana | Nails: Essie (In The Lobby) | Lips: NYX Butter Gloss (Peaches & Cream)

Photos by Smith Photos + Ink