Have you ever wondered why the best New Year’s Eve parties are spontaneous and unplanned? You know, the kind of gathering where everyone has congregated in the kitchen, shoes off, pretenses shed, and captivating music and conversation prevent the night from ending? Sure, planned menus and dress codes are great, but the evening’s success comes down to simplicity.
During the holiday season when all we really want to do is throw on some sweatpants and call it sleepy-chic, take a cue from the epic kitchen party when it comes to planning your outfit this New Year’s Eve: don’t over think it. Instead of a panic-induced shopping trip, grab some basics and add a statement accessory, revive that sparkly number you bought for Christmas, or seek out a local dress rental service.
More often than not, with a little holiday magic and some creativity, you can conjure some fabulous outfits from what’s already hanging in your closet. To help you along, we’ve rounded up some inspiration from some local style setters.
Back to Basics
Upgrade a simple white blouse and black slacks with your favourite moto jacket and statement footwear, like beauty blogger Romy. Add some sparkly baubles and a jeweled clutch for an infusion of festive flair. The result is a combination that is effortless and universally flattering.
I am humbled and honoured to have been a part of @tamirottawa‘s Stepping Out In Style Fashion Show last night!! This fashion show featured a host of amazing, diversely-abled models werking it on the catwalk. My heart was bursting! . . A huge thank you to @rentfrockrepeat for this gorgeous @badgleymischka gown and @stunningottawa for the glittering accessories, @pierinoscarfo.salon, and @tarynmakeup for making me feel absolutely beautiful. I’m still on a major high from pulling my best Zoolander on the runway! Lol! Fantastic work, Tamir!!! Great job on selling out the show – what an overwhelming turnout!! And major ups to my fellow girl bosses @krystalvalencia and @moneboudreau for organizing this glittering event. WOW. #honoured #humbled #inspired #LoveTamir
If you’re headed to a fancy soirée and don’t want to spend money on limited-use evening wear, try a dress rental. The experience is akin to borrowing a dress from a very stylish friend — let the compliments roll in and enjoy the freedom to experiment with new silhouettes and colours.
Metallics and sparkles are a holiday favourite, and are often found lurking in closets from seasons past. Revive your shimmery garment by wearing it with a contrasting separate like a casual sweater or denim. Pairing unexpected separates is an easy styling trick (often employed by this writer!) that results in a unique yet uncomplicated look.
When in doubt, go monochrome. A head-to-toe hue is chic, impactful, and a creative alternative to a dress. Opt for a standout colour if you want to make a statement, or stick to neutral territory for an understated ensemble. The trick to making this work? Incorporate different textures (think leather, sequins, silk — or all of the above!) and don’t forget contrasting accessories.
B.Y.O.W ? Wine-not 🍷 😬 The lovely folks at @la_roma_ottawa are hosting our annual Blogger Christmas dinner and the theme of the night is “letta mama feed you!” SO. MUCH. GOOD. FOOD. It’s always such a treat to catch up with my favourite gals and enjoy photographing the crap out of our food before indulging in it… guilt free! If you’re in Little Italy 🇮🇹 and looking for a sure hit, come to La Roma and tell them Chantsy sent you! Also, if you go on a Tuesday, bring your own wine and skip the corkage fee ($25 saving!). . . #ottawafoodies #ottawafood #ottawafoodie #ottawarestaurants #ottawaeats #613eats #discoverON #FeastON #ottawa #ottcity #igersOttawa #ottawalife #narcityOttawa #613style #ottawaphoto #ottawastyle #ottawafashion #ottawau #ottawablogger #ottawablog #modexlusive #ottnews #canadianblog #canadianblogger #canadianstyle #canadianfashionblogger #canadianfashionblog #prestonstreet
Fashionistas know: high contrast equals high drama. This visual trick can be employed by everybody to fabulous effect, as evidenced by local Fashion Blogger Chantal Sarkisian. Whether it’s simple black and white, or lively purple and green, bask in the glow of an on-point yet deceivingly simple outfit.