>Nowadays being awarded "best dressed" for the holidays doesn’t mean wearing a frilly, over-the-top dress covered in bows. While it’s easy to get caught up in the festivities, this year we’re noticing fashion girls are doing away with typical party pieces in favor of essentials that you can mix and match. “I prefer wearing classic items over trendy because I like things that’ll last me multiple seasons,” says Mara Ferriera of M Loves M. “There’s a way to style staple pieces with a festive feel without needing to buy a whole new wardrobe.”
>With that in mind, we’re taking stock of the three essential pieces you need to carry you through the holiday festivities—and beyond. The best part? You can grab all of these items from the Who What Wear collection. Keep reading for the 3 staple items to add to your holiday rotation.
1. The Grown-up LBD
A black dress works for almost any occasion and it’s nice to have something in your closet that you can rely on without having to put much thought in. “The great thing about an LBD is that you can complement the details with your accessories,” says Ferriera. “I played up the feminine factor by wearing red shoes and a red bag, but you can add other statement pieces, like something velvet to add more flair.”
2. The Peppy Sweater Top
The winter wouldn’t be the same without a go-to sweater vest. Our tip? Look for one with a unique mix of texture that can add depth to an otherwise simple outfit. “A fringe sweater vest is a piece that you can wear any day of the week, especially when it’s a neutral color—it adds to its versatility,” explains Ferriera, who styled hers with a pair of jeans, suede heels, and a leather jacket.
3. The Midi Skirt
Wearing black is the easiest way to look chic but can also err on the side of morose during the holidays. Look for playful details like side slits, silky fabric, and a lace hem. "This skirt would look great with a sequin top or a fur coat, but you can also wear it post-holidays with a classic button up blouse, or as I did here with a simple white tee," says Ferriera.
What’s one essential piece you’ve worn more times than you’d like to admit, year-round? Tell us in the comments below.