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Mingle belles—how to dress for the holidays

Finding the fine line between fashionable and festive can be challenging. We raided four local stores to provide wardrobe inspiration for holiday party season



Office party

Biscuit General Store, 1661 Argyle Street

If you want to wear a holiday colour, it's best to keep the other pieces as neutral as possible. You want a look that says, "I am acknowledging this holiday" as opposed to, "I watched Elf before dressing today." Pair your best black boot with a simple necklace for a polished look. I suggest going all-out for this outfit to ensure you arrive with ample amounts of case you lose some later.


Dinner and drinks

Big Pony, 1453 Brenton Street

There is only one thing that trumps style when picking out an outfit in the middle of a Nova Scotian winter: warmth. But if you choose wisely you won't actually have to compromise. A fuzzy sweater and lined pants can be dressed up with the right jewellery and some fancy heels. A dress pant/snow pant hybrid like this is an invaluable thrift store treasure. Looking good and feeling warm no longer have to be mutually exclusive. It's a Christmas miracle!


New Year's Eve

Sweet Pea Boutique, 1542 Queen Street

Do something absolutely wild this New Year's and veto the dress. Seriously, go nuts. Break things up with a two-piece outfit. Show a little stomach. Mix textures like leather and shearling. If you're heading downtown to ring in 2015, be prepared for cold, wind and a lot of pavement pounding—pair this look with a warm jacket (practicality can win on this one if need be) and a comfy boot heel for anticipated line-waiting. Oh, and good luck.

  • Allie Sweeting

House party

Lost and Found, 2383 Agricola Street

Besides a few office parties, fancy dinners and various awkward social gatherings, the holidays can actually be a time to dress down and get cozy. I'm talking about good old-fashioned house parties with great beer and your closest friends. Scrap the traditional holiday getup for a grandma-worthy turtleneck, boyfriend jeans and a green or red flannel button-down around the waist to imply festivity. Casual kicks (whether oxfords or sneakers) will complete the outfit and keep the vibe easy, breezy and sidewalk slip-and-fall-proof.

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