How to Create a Holiday Capsule Wardrobe


What to Wear to a Holiday Party

If you’re like me your calendar is probably starting to fill up with all of the holiday party invites. Between office parties, friends’ birthday parties (those December babies love to celebrate and I can’t say I blame them) and neighborhood get-togethers, my social calendar in December looks like that of a B-list celebrity.

Now I realize that list making and gift giving reign supreme for this month. The two questions “What should I gift and what’s my best dish?” occupy our party going thoughts during this time of year but that What to Wear is a close third.

Cheers to the Holiday Capsule

If you have been following along with my wardrobe posts you know I love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and I believe that a holiday capsule is a great idea too. There are a few pieces to always have on hand so you aren’t running out looking for that perfect party outfit when you could be baking or wrapping or the hundred of other things that you’d rather be doing during the holidays.

Let’s Make it Simple

The List (you know how much I love lists) of just a few simple wardrobe staples that every Holiday Capsule needs and the good news is you probably already have most of the items.

  • A white button down
  • A skirt
  • A blazer
  • Jeans
  • Sweater
  • The LBD (which can also be a Little- insert festive holiday color instead of black dress)
  • Boots
  • Pump

With just 9 wardrobe items (that you probably already have) you can create several holiday looks

For the office Party 

  • Button down, skirt, boots or pumps, and a blazer
  • Sweater, skirt and pumps or boots

For the holiday themed dinner party

  • LBD and pumps
  • LBD and blazer with boots

If your location is more casual

  • White button down, Jeans, boots and blazer

For the neighborhood get together

  • Jeans, sweater and boots or pumps
  • or any of the above if it’s a dressier affair

Here are a couple of chic holiday picks

The Festive Sweater-This sequined NYDJ sweater gives just enough shine to dress up your favorite pair of jeans

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The LBD or in this case- Little Burgundy Dress from White House Black Market is simple and festive- just right for Office Parties


The White Shirt is the Perfect Capsule Wardrobe Item-It is so versatile and can be dressed up or down. If you don’t have one of these please do yourself a favor and add this NYDJ Button Bell Sleeve Shirt to your wardrobe stat! You’ll thank me later.

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There you have it several great looks that you can actually wear all winter! Just throw on a little bling (check out my PANDORA Jewelry Post if you need to be inspired) and you’ve upped the holiday ante. I’d love to hear about your favorite Holiday Party Look. Let me know in the comments below!


Until Next Post,

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Tonya Parker is a counselor, author and certified life coach who believes in helping women look and feel their best! Ambassador for O, The Oprah Magazine and author of Single Mom Chic

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