Contrary to popular belief (aka every Hallmark movie ever), great holiday style doesn't actually require you wear a sequined dress or a red sweater. I personally prefer to add subtle festive elements to an already great winter outfit for holiday occasions. This way, my everyday favorites like knit turtlenecks and raw-hem jeans (yes, jeans!) can still feel party-appropriate. The always stylish NYC-based Janelle Lloyd agrees and is already dipping her toes into low-key holiday dressing. These three looks of hers from Garnet Hill are just the right amount of elevated and festive—and I'm guessing you'll want to try every single one.
Lloyd's first look is proving my case for making denim work for a casual holiday party. Her jeans tap into that cool winter-white vibe of the season and feel particularly festive with the addition of a velvet blazer, silky tank, and metallic accessories. About her styling inspiration, she tells me, "Velvet blazers are a holiday wardrobe must-have, and statement earrings with a bit of bling make an everyday outfit instantly more festive."
So how exactly does Lloyd choose her outfits? "I start by considering the location and vibe," she says. "For example, I wouldn't wear a short dress to a house party where I might end up lounging on a floor cushion. But in NYC, there's really no such thing as underdressed or overdressed. Anything goes." Her cozy all-gray look here is perfect for a post-work holiday happy hour with co-workers. "Cinch the cashmere wrap with a belt for an unexpected way to rock it," Lloyd notes.
Lloyd's last look got me particularly excited for holiday dressing as it taps into so many of my favorite winter trends: white leather boots, pleated midi skirts, and double-sweaters. "Skirts paired with sweaters are perfect for cooler weather when dresses are a bit more difficult to wear," she says. The cozy tan pullover she has on here would also make a great gift according to Lloyd. "My tip is to gift something useful that someone will use often. I find those are always the most appreciated gifts!" she says. I can think of at least three women who would love to unwrap this soft knit come December.