3 Winter Outfits That Feel Just the Right Amount of Festive

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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