The holidays are hectic. So when it comes to getting through this time of year with your sanity in tact, streamlining your approach to getting dressed is a good idea. One way to minimize “what to wear” stress is to curate a lineup of go-to, classic-leaning pieces that can be mixed and matched for a marathon of end-of-year social events. Even easier? Stick to neutrals that lend themselves to monochromatic outfits, which by nature impart a put-together effect.
For inspiration, scroll down for a batch of holiday-ready looks from Lauren Ralph Lauren, broken down by three techniques you can use to elevate a one-hue ensemble for every upcoming occasion. Then click through the adjoining gallery for even more seasonal style tips.
Look for Neutrals With Eye-Catching Texture
Cover an effortless, impossibly flattering sack dress in gold sequins, and it’s ready for a dressy cocktail party or New Year’s Eve affair. Likewise, a pleated leather-look skirt and shearling trim add interest to refined staples; the results are versatile enough for a work-family gathering or real-family festivities.
Play With One-Color Outfit Proportions
Add dimension to your all-black (or white or gray) look by pairing contrasting hem lengths and silhouettes. Try a boxy cropped jacket or long-line vest over a column dress for an RSVP-only event; or, for a festive dinner party, a sleeveless tunic sweater with skinny jeans.
Use Pattern to Mix Up a Monochromatic Look
Another way to break up a singular wash of color is to add eye-catching detailing such as floral lace, vintage-inspired beading, or an oversized plaid print. To make a minimal-at-heart outfit even more compelling — whether you’re headed out or hosting at home — mix complementary shades like dove and classic gray.
For more holiday dressing inspiration, click through the gallery below.
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