from kate’s closet: a holiday fashion guide

December 12, 2016  |  published by Kate Turner

The chatter around our office last week included only the following statements:

“What are you going to wear to the holiday party?”

“Wait…are you talking about what you’re going to wear to the holiday party?”

Needless to say, the gals [and guy!] at Kate & Company had been searching high and low for a perfect holiday outfit.  Of course a great dress is always an option, but how can you pair styled pieces together to create the perfect festive ensemble? Search no further – we are here to give you all the holiday outfit inspo you could need this winter season!

Midi-Life Crisis

No real crisis here!  Midi-skirts are great staples for holiday party dressing.  This piece can carry style and holds great potential for accessorizing with a statement shoe or a great pair of stockings.  Pair one of these pleated numbers with a delicate camisole, or if you opt for a fuller look, like the tulle skirt here, pair with a simple cropped top.

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Zara Tulle Midi Skirt // Zara Silver Pleated Midi Skirt // Zara Gold Pleated Midi Skirt // H&M Satin Wrap Midi in Plum


Going for a more elegant look?  Attending a fancier holiday gathering?  Maxi skirts are a great substitute for a traditional dress.  Opt for a skirt with a straighter silhouette to show your figure or a sexy side slit, if you want show a bit of leg.  If you’re feeling that you want a bit more comfort, choose a satin inspired flow number for a softer feel.  Velvet is all the rage this season, so pick this luxe fabric to elevate your look.


Nasty Gal Silver Satin Slit Skirt // Lulus Silver Sequin Maxi // Chic Wash Red Maxi Tulle Skirt // Reformation Velvet Wrap Skirt [Net-A-Porter]

Pencil Me In 

If your party is a bit more conservative, we’ve got you covered!  Pencil skirts are a great way to stay work appropriate for the office shindig, but with plenty of room to dress up and make fun.  Choose a jazzier option, like the gold sequin pencil skirt, paired with a silk blouse to create a difference of texture.  Life is all about balance – so is fashion!  Below are some picks for keeping your look classy – business on the bottom, with a party on top!  You can pair these skirts with a greta velvet blazer [did we mention we love velvet?!] or a men’s inspired tuxedo style jacket for an edgier look.

Pencil Me In

H&M Gold Sequin Pencil Skirt // Lulus Blush Suede Pencil Skirt // Target Faux Leather Skirt // H&M Twill Skirt with Flounce

Top That

Don’t just top-off your drink this holiday season – top-off your look!  Mixing patterns and materials can elevate your holiday look, so pair your satin maxi skirt with a chic plaid top, or try a satin camisole with a velvet skirt.  Feeling adventurous [and wanting to channel your inner ballerina?] – try a lace body suite under any holiday inspired skirt.  They’re the perfect compliment to any high-waisted or wrap skirt.

Top That

J. Crew Edie Plaid Top // Zara Tiered Silver Glossy Crop Top // ASOS Red Velvet Cami // Nasty Gal Lace the Music Bodysuit 

Layer Up

Baby, it’s cold outside!  If you live in a colder city, chic layers are great additions to complete your outfit!  Bulky layers are no fun for anyone, so opt for a lighter weight option that will still keep you warm.

Layer Up

Fauxgerty The Echo // Nordstrom Sheer Black Wrap // H&M Tuxedo Blazer // Torrid Faux Fur Stole

Sole Mates

We aren’t the only ones searching for a soulmate – our outfits are, too!  If you fell in love with one of the midi-length skirts or sexy side slit skirt, a great shoe is a must and sure to stun!  We believe animal prints are a neutral – so, go bold with a print for a real show stopper!

Sole Mates

Sam Edelman Strappy Suede Heel // Stuart Weitzman Bacari Calf Hair Block Heel Booties // Lord and Taylor Cynthia Velvet Ankle Bootie // Tory Burch Belleville Bow T-Strap High Heel // Lauren Lorraine Giselle Pump


Make the final statement with your jewelry.  This is one of the easiest ways to elevate the simplest of outfits or even take an already killer get-up to the next level.  If your outfit already has the ultra-glitz factor wear a dainty statement necklace like the tassel number seen below.  If you feel that your outfit needs a little pizzazz, throw your hair into a great top-knot and add a statement earring or cuff to show sparkle.


Nordstrom Panacea Rope Tassel Statement Earrings // Baublebar Kirstel Ear Crawlers // Kendra Scott Sloan Necklace in Rose Gold // Baublebar Kew Collar Necklace 

We hope you’re feeling inspired to dress to the nines this season – it’s the most wonderful time of the year to let your wardrobe shine with jewelry from!

Check out our blog later this week to see our annual Kate & Company holiday party featured with plenty more winter inspiration for your closet, your gifts, and even your tabletop!


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Main Image Courtesy of John Cain Photography at Engage! Sea Island

Outfits Courtesy of Various Retailers, Credited Below Collage