Just because our invite to Queen Elizabeth’s Christmas dinner got lost in the mail (for the twelfth year in a row) doesn’t mean we can’t draw inspiration from the royal family—specifically, the one and only Meghan Markle—when planning our holiday party outfits. From leather pencil skirts to metallic minidresses, here are five duchess-approved outfits to copy for every festive event on your calendar.
Button-Down + Leather Pencil Skirt
Markle is the queen (er, duchess) of monochromatic dressing, and we can’t think of a better example to copy than these festive shades of green. Keep in mind that the colors don’t have to match exactly—it’s actually better to work with two colors that are only a shade or two apart, as it adds depth to any silhouette. And it’s imperative to play with texture here. Think silk with wool or chiffon with leather (or faux leather). Since you’re wearing similar colors from head to toe, you’ll depend on those two fabrics to keep you from looking like a human Pantone swatch.
Jumpsuit + Pumps
If you haven’t already invested in a simple but chic black jumpsuit, what are you waiting for? Less expected than an LBD but just as versatile, it’s a no-brainer for those occasions when you don’t have the time or energy to really plan an outfit. Because you can style a jumpsuit so many different ways, you can easily wear it to multiple events without feeling like you’ll be called out as an outfit repeater.
Slim-Cut Suit + T-Shirt + Pumps
If you’re headed to a holiday celebration straight from the office, this business-chic ensemble is an excellent and reliable solution. The T-shirt keeps the suit from feeling too stuffy, though you could totally swap it out for a silky camisole if you’re going for a sexier, more nighttime vibe. The hem of the pants is key here: You want to find a pair that hits just above your ankle—perfect for showing off a hint of skin and a gorgeous heel.
Metallic Minidress + Pared-Down Accessories
Yes, a metallic dress is stereotypical for a holiday bash, but it’s also the best damn time to wear one. So go ahead and give it a twirl—just remember to keep your accessories to a minimum. A simple box clutch, pumps and no jewelry allow all the focus to be on your flashy-in-a-good-way dress. Happy dancing, y’all.
Blazer + Leather Leggings + Strappy Heels
Psst…we’re going to let you in on a little secret: Leather leggings are an actual present during the holiday season. Why? They’re leggings, you guys. Leggings that look infinitely fancier than the ones you wear to yoga class. All you have to do is pair them with a sleek, tailored blazer and strappy heels and you’re free to eat and drink to your heart’s content without worrying about feeling like your zipper is going to burst.
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