The most enriching part of the holiday season is reveling in the classic. Classic films (“It’s A Wonderful Life”), classic traditions (tree decorating, sugar cookies), classic indulgences (eggnog, far too many candy canes — or, if you’re me, seasonal M&M’s). Although inevitably hectic, the holidays are marked by treasured classics that make this time of year particularly special. But of course, one of the most wonderful parts about this season is the clothing: sparkly holiday outfits, layered winter outerwear and wish lists featuring just the right accoutrement to perfect your cold weather wardrobe. When it comes to my holiday wants, I always harken back to timeless treasures — a nod to vintage influences that have solidified their place in the sartorial cannon. Here are my coveted classics for this holiday season.
1. J.Crew Invitation Clutch In Suede, $118
With all the holiday parties scattered throughout December, a good clutch is a must. Not only is this piece timeless with its envelope shape and gold chain link strap, but it comes in Classic Peony and Tropical Green — a modern reinvisioning of the season’s most iconic color duo.
2. Rachel Roy Feather Print Tie Blouse, Now $244.99
Okay, I know, it’s not uniquely holiday. But it is seasonally relevant, and its whimsical feather print is ideal when paired with the classic shape of this 1950’s inspired blouse. Jazz it up with sparkly accessories, a red lip and your new clutch. It’s holiday chic with a vintage bohemian twist. Count me in.
No party look is complete without sparkly costume jewelry. In fact, isn’t that the necessary final touch for any fete-ready outfit? Bejeweled and bedazzled in baubles that say forever fabulous. Happy holidays, indeed.
4. Anthropologie Mixing Paint Shades, $29.95
Although queued fourth here, these incredible sunglasses are the penultimate item on my holiday wish list. They are beautiful, and I imagine that putting them on will make me feel like 1/100th of how Iris Apfel feels everyday. If that doesn’t say holiday, I don’t know what does.
5. J.Crew Long Leather Gloves, $158
These are the quintessential holiday glamour item: long, luxurious gloves. In burgundy and black they’re positively perfect. Whether you’re accenting or matching, no classic holiday look is complete without delicately cloaked digits. Bring on the cocktails.
— Amanda Aldinger
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