Closet conundrum this holiday season? Tips from Ottawa’s stylish set

A sure sign the holiday season is here? You never know what to wear. Your social calendar for the day can include anything from an office party, to a cheerful cinq a sept with the girls, and even a can’t-miss school recital. All of this, while navigating snowy streets and holiday traffic. The result is a closet conundrum that can seem more frustrating than festive.

Luckily, ‘tis the season of drama and embellishment, so a little texture can go a long way. Think feathered accents, faux furs, and rich velvets in every hue — nothing is off limits. When incorporated into daily wear (it’s easier than you think!), the result is both practical and yields style points in spades.

Both minimalist and bold aesthetics can embrace the benefits of holiday chic. Whether spicing up an everyday monochromatic look with faux fur of the same hue, or layering eye-catching prints for a bold ensemble, we’ve rounded up the city’s stylish for their take on some holiday looks.

Faux Fur Fun

Intimidated by the faux fur trend? Now’s the time to give it a whirl. Style blogger Tara Monfared proves that you can be cozy and chic by layering her fuzzy number over elegant basics. A faux fur vest or jacket in a neutral colour has the added benefit of pairing effortlessly with all of your closet essentials, yielding dividends when it comes to staying warm and stylish for the rest of the winter. 

Festive Feathers

Feathers floated through many a runway show during the Fall/Winter 2017 season, and landed in many a style-lovers closet (including this writer’s!) as a result. There is no denying that feathery accents up the glamour quotient of any look. Here, an ensemble of neutrals receives a festive twist as soon as feathers get involved.

Perfectly Plaid

Nothing says holiday cheer like plaid accents in a jolly red palette. The classic appeal of this print is a chameleon-like ability to evoke a sense of flair and tradition however it’s styled. Katie of Yow City Style makes her outfit stand out with the perfect pop of layered plaid against all black — her adorable mini-me follows suit!

 

Urban Jungle

While animal print is a classic that never truly goes out of style, the way to wear it in 2017 is as the focal point of your outfit. Worn on a coat, blazer, or skirt, this print singlehandedly makes a statement, working extra hard so you don’t have to.

 

Velvet Touch

A runway and red carpet favourite; velvet adds a hint of luxury without being over the top, making it a crucial element to any multi-purpose look. Your go-to denim becomes extra special when worn with a velvet top in a bright hue, taking you from day to night sans outfit change.