We're approaching that time between Christmas and New Year's Day, where if you have enough PTO, you'll gratefully lose track of the days. Visiting your hometown, staying with friends, or meeting your partner's family often calls for looks as festive as the occasion. Packing these five wardrobe staples - it-jeans, a little black dress, the perfect knit sweater, tailored trousers, and a classic turtleneck - add versatility and work well when layered together or with statement pieces. There's nothing worse than feeling unprepared to hang with old friends or gather for an impromptu holiday event because your threads aren't hitting. Make room in your suitcase for these items so the latter doesn't happen to you.
At the top of the list is a pair of it-jeans. You know, the ones you slip into and feel instantly ready to take on the day because of how good they look and feel. Over the holiday season, a great pair of jeans goes far because, depending on how you style them, no one will even know they're on repeat. They're perfect for travel because jeans are notorious for being a weightier item in suitcases and who couldn't use the extra space? Once you arrive, these same jeans can transition days later for a holiday or formal gathering. When paired with a festive blazer, whether sparkly or velvet, let everyone know you're not afraid to stand out - or get the party started. Finish your look with a fancy clutch, mid-calf boots that disappear under your denim's hem, and an Amethyst ruched headband to keep your hair back for every photo.
No capsule wardrobe is complete without a little black dress. They are chic, timeless, and come in all shapes and sizes. A little black dress is the perfect transitional piece whether dressed up with knee-high boots or kept casual when paired with Mary Jane's or flats. Taking this little black look to the next level is as simple as adding opaque, seamed, or patterned tights. Adding chunky accessories like the Luanda brass neck and wrist cuffs immediately elevates your outfit. Don't be surprised if you hear, "where did you get those?" all holiday long.
An ideal knit sweater doesn't make you choose between warmth and style. Let's place the days of slipping into shapeless cable knit sweaters behind us, shall we? Let your cashmere or wool knits speak to your style in fitted, oversized, cropped, or contemporary chunky knit styles. When paired with the Tumbao twisted headband, your edges and image as the most fly cousin will stay in place. Style with your favorite it-jeans, a corduroy skirt, or its matching bottom if part of a co-ord set. And unlike crisp cotton or rayon blouses, knit sweaters won't wrinkle when it's your turn to watch your younger cousins. We can't save you from them trying out wrestling moves on you, but we can keep you from looking wrinkled for the family photo.
Is there ever enough said about a pair of tailored trousers? A waist-snatching, well-fitting trouser transitions from day to night effortlessly. Our favorite way to wear them is by layering the Diana silk kaftan over palazzo pants with a bralette or bodysuit underneath. Whether black or otherwise, trousers elongate the legs, alter your silhouette, and keep you warm during your arrival and eventual departure. Trousers are a wardrobe staple and, depending on the event, are styled with a cardigan or kimono-esque cover-up.
Closing out the list is a turtleneck sweater. While warmth, durability, and coverage are similar to a knit sweater, turtlenecks have more versatility due to their thinner nature. They, therefore, can be layered over slip dresses, stand-alone with wrap skirts, and placed underneath vests for casual comfort. Turtlenecks make it easy to bring warm weather favorites into the fall and winter seasons without sacrificing warmth. For a completely streamlined look from crown to bust, tie the Hyacinth headwrap over your curls for the ultimate polished look.