With only 5 days left until New Years Eve, everybody is hustling to get their last minute party outfits together in time for the weekend. This year, Janine and I incorporated greens and reds from Xmas to transition from mistletoe to Moët. Whether it’s green or red, tartan plaids, all black, or bedazzled, we all need a festive holiday party outfit – ASAP!
I turned to my friends over at Brooklyn Industries to search for something dressy and festive, but not too dressy and festive. Janine and I wanted slight variations on red and green so we went with a subtle variance in the two tones, opting for a rich burgundy and a lime/yellowish green. We then built the rest of the outfits around those colors, Janine’s being more focused on the color, and mine more complimentary, using subtle accents here and there and accessories like my fair isle infinity scarf and a bow headband for Janine.
Can you count how many paterns I have in the above pic? There are four, to be exact – fair isle infinity scarf, marled sweater, plaid shirt and striped socks! Pattern mixing is definitely an art form – the right scale and proportion is always key.
Pile on the hand and arm wear for the party, and layer them like you’re layering up for the January weather.
What’s just as cool as mixing patterns? Mixing textures! I’m starting the weekend with this great speckled tweed blazer. It’s unstructured so it’s transitional and versatile enough for dressed up or dress down parties. I paired it with the Iron Marled V-Neck Sweater, another heavy texture and broke it up with a vintage denim vest to give it a little edge. The right mix of patterns and textures can make or break an outfit. In this case, I’ll go with MAKE!
With Janine, we complimented the sheen of her patterned dress with a ruffled corduroy jacket and added an element of coziness – a soft sweater snuggled around her waist. A little bit of shine and leather from her accessories further accentuates the prints and textures. As an added secret bonus, the Camelia Cord Ruffle Jacket also has a cool striped lining on the inside.
Janine’s latest craze are knitted headbands – she already has about 20! Mine are chain wallets, and tying shirts around my waste.
Preppy kicks are a nice contrast to a funky ensemble, or vice versa. I love the chocolate brown with yellow stripes.
For the final touches I added the no maintenance Eddie Scarf, clear frames, skull rings, glow-in-the-dark watches and tie bars on the lapel. Now everything else for a good time is up to you! Happy holidays everyone!
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About Eugene: Raised in Hawaii and now based in Brooklyn, Eugene Delmundo is a stylist, blogger, and photograper for InTheHive, and a frequent stylist for BKI’s photo shoots.