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When it comes to finding inspiration for just about anything, I often turn to my favorite magazines. I currently subscribe to about 4 women’s lifestyle/fashion/beauty magazines and then am guilty of purchasing a few more while in the line at the supermarket. Oops. Aside from the September issues, one of my favorite months are the holiday issues. There are some great ones out there right now, including People StyleWatch with the gorgeous Carrie Underwood on the cover (can I look like her, please?) and InStyle with the down-to-earth Jennifer Lawrence.
This past weekend a short Target trip to get 2 items turned into an hour long shopping session. If you haven’t already, you need to check out their selection of Christmas ornaments and decorations- it’s amazing. Oh, and if you head to your local Target and buy BOTH magazines, you’ll get a $5 Gift Card! Nothing like free money to spend at Target, am I right?
While browsing through the issues, I noticed a common theme- the holidays, of course! Specifically I was interested in dressing for holiday parties. This year, my company is throwing a fun ugly sweater happy hour, but I know many of you probably have a dressier Christmas outing so I wanted to cover that as well. So here are 3 holiday party looks for different occasions- all inspired by the outfits in the two magazines above.
Ugly Sweater Party Outfit
Yes, you can still look cute even during an “ugly” sweater party. This Target cat sweater is adorable, in my opinion (of course). Keep it classy with streamlined red pants and black booties for comfort.
Office Christmas Party Outfit
For a more formal office party, you want to make a nice impression. Opt for a lace or brocade dress in a pretty jeweled hue. Always bring a cardigan or blazer to cover up- bare shoulders may be a no-no depending on your dress code. Opt for simple Mary Jane heels and statement earrings for some fun.
Friend’s Christmas Party Outfit
For a get-together with your girlfriends (after all, most of us come home to visit family for the holidays) you can wear something a little more fashion-forward and fun, like faux-leather leggings and flashy jewelry.