Once the holidays get going, it can be an uphill battle to get excited for every single “celebratory” commitment — much less dress with enthusiasm for each one. In theory it might be nice to attend two cocktail parties, dinner with your significant other’s folks, and co-host a friends gift exchange all within one work week, but after a couple of consecutive late nights, it’s near impossible to put 100-percent energy into every outfit you wear. As social plans pile up as quickly as decorative gourds give way to wintry motifs, consider the path of least effort when it comes to holiday dressing.
Delivering strong results through deceptively simple styling is something Banana Republic has mastered. While the brand’s signature polished silhouettes reliably lend themselves to an office or more dressed-up setting, this season’s use of bright colors, playful prints, and luxe textures also have the power to make an ensemble seem instantly cheerful, considered, and stylish. Add these “flourish” pieces to even the most basic look to make it seem like you tried — even if all you can think about is getting home to bed.
Add a bit of low-key drama to your look in a full-sleeved silhouette. Even better, this comfy knit has a festive hint of shimmer, too.
Not only can you make the case that a pearl headband is both a hair accessory and jewelry all in one, wearing one is an excuse to stress a little less about how to do your hair for the evening.
Stay comfortable and on-theme in relaxed trousers that are both merry and bright.
If glittery heels seem appropriate but way beyond your speed, try this cooler footwear option that still offers some sophisticated shine.
A tailored coat in a pretty jewel tone looks so good you won’t want to take it off when you get inside — good news if you’re only planning to stay for 15 minutes.
Let your clutch say “party time,” even if your head is thinking “holiday-movie marathon.”
Infusing your look with holiday cheer doesn’t have to be so predictable: A pop of mood-boosting citrus will make even your everyday jeans feel special.
A sleek, dark blazer adds instant polish to whatever you’re already wearing. Use it on repeat this season whenever the celebrations are just a bit dressier.
Little effort and a complete outfit in under a minute — that’s the beauty of a jumpsuit. Just throw on some earrings and lipstick for a last-minute party.
Skip the obnoxiously overt holiday sweaters in favor of a bright, saturated color combination that’ll still get attention, in the nice kind of way.
Proof that a special-occasion dress needn’t be too flashy, too restricting, or too specific to any one kind of event. Wear this one from work to drinks.
All images courtesy of Banana Republic.
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