Defy the Fashion Norm With These 8 Unexpected Holiday Pairings
Some things naturally pair well together, like peanut butter and jelly or balsamic vinegar and olive oil. The same goes for fashion (think: tights and dresses or button-downs and blazers). This winter, we dare you to stand out with unexpected, surprising combos that defy the norm.
Neutralize the grandeur of gilded brocade pants with a cozy slouchy sweater, or consider pastel-on-pastel and opt for a frosty gray overcoat (as opposed to classic black) to top an icy-pink holiday shift dress. Got a no-nonsense, no-frills blouse? Lessen the conservative look with an over-the-top accessory. See all eight pairings to give your wardrobe a refreshing spin.
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Cozy Sweater + Brocade Pants
Who says fashion and comfort can’t coexist? Tone down the grandeur of gilded brocade pants with a slouchy knit. Keep the look polished by pairing similar shades (note how our picks both have warm undertones).
Sweater: J.Crew, wool, yak and nylon, $443;
Blazer + Pleated Leather Skirt
Lace Dress + Brogues
A frothy dress that boasts tulle and lace can easily cross into excessively saccharine territory. Nix sweet, dainty heels and go for a masculine shoe in graphic contrasting colors for a charming effect.
Dress: Alice by Temperley, nylon and polyester, $490;
Statement Necklace + Button-Down
A buttoned-up blouse (yes, all the way up!) doesn’t necessarily have to seem straitlaced. Flashy jewels or chunky chains deliver an air of lightheartedness without looking gaudy-just keep it to one loud piece per outfit.
Necklace: Baublebar, acrylic, $38;
Tweed Jacket + Cross-Body Purse
Tweed is one of winter’s star textiles, thanks to its sturdy woven nature and ladylike origin. Shoulder a bold purse in a bright shade, like cobalt blue, which serves up a refreshing change against the conservative fabric.
Jacket: Joie, cotton and polyester, $298;
Silky Pants + Sexy Stilettos
Tapered trousers embody the comfort of pajama bottoms while retaining some semblance of professionalism. Throw tuxedo stripes in the mix, and you’ve got yourself one sharp looking pant. Go a sexy step further with gold-plated killer heels.
Pants: Tibi, polyester, viscose and elastane, $295;