As the whirlwind of the Holiday season begins to take hold, I often find myself putting on whatever is right in front of me and most convenient. I have so many cookies to eat, gingerbread houses to decorate, and sugar-plum dance recitals to attend that I let my style fall by the wayside. Well not this year! I have realized that by dressing with ease, I am wasting a window of time where it is okay to be overdressed and deck the halls with over-the-top accessories. To save time, I have put together four outfits that are perfect for this time of year. As someone who falls into the plus-size category, it can be difficult to find certain trends and styles in my size. I made sure that each outfit includes pieces from size-inclusive brands that I love. It is the most wonderful time of the year, so shouldn’t we dress as such?
Outfit One: The Last Minute Gift Run
I want a coat that has the ease of a robe, but the charm and ability to pull my outfit together. Rachel Antonoff has exactly what I’m looking for so I can run my errands in style while feeling like I never left my bed. Plus, she recently added sizes up to XXL so I know it will be a good fit. I’ve paired this robe coat of wonder with a lavender sweater from Eloquii and a corduroy skirt from Warp + Weft. Eloquii is a tried and true favorite of the plus-size community and this sweater does not disappoint. Corduroy can be hard to find in plus-size, I always think it is going to have the stretch that I need, but I typically end up disappointed and frustrated when the zipper refuses to reach the top. Fortunately, Warp +Weft offers sizes up to a 24 so I can have satisfying textured fabric and wear it too. For the accoutrements I’ll add the headband of my dreams from Jennifer Behr, these boots that make me feel like I’m only wearing my socks from Reike Nen, and of course the Unibrow sunglasses from the MR Holiday Buffet. To top it all off, this dreamy bag from Staud that looks like I have a present on my hip at all times.
Outfit Two: The Festive Work Function
How do you dress for a work party in a way that says you know how to have fun, but you could easily make it to that emergency holiday launch meeting without compromising your style? It involves pairing velvet and plaid of course! My main inspiration for this look are these brilliant plaid pants from Hayley Elsaesser, her designs are fun, colorful, and go up to an XXL. Many people get stuck in the color combination of red and green during the holidays. I use the holidays as an excuse to wear brightly colored things and these pink plaid pants do the trick. I’ve paired them with a sheer turtleneck from Only Hearts layered with a velvet blazer from the plus-size friendly Elvi. To bring out the subtle red in the pants I would wear these Simone Rocha earrings that look like rock candy in jewelry form and this structured tote from Yuzefi. I would heighten the fancy factor with this hair clip from Shrimps and these shoes from Eloquii that have the extra width you need after walking 20 miles around the city to find the perfect sweater for your dad.
Outfit Three: The Weekend on The Slopes
Whether you are skiing or spectating, comfort is key when at the ski resort. It is also important to wear something colorful to avoid a collision with a fellow skier. For my first layer I have these leggings from Girlfriend Collective and a cozy fleece from Madewell. The leggings are available up to a XXL and the fleece goes up to a 3X. Over this, we have this puffer from Eileen Fisher, it goes up to an XL and her designs tend to be on the roomier side, which is key for winter layering. On the top and bottom peach is at play with these hiking boots from Diemme and a cashmere beanie from The Elder Statesman. Function serves an important role in accessories on the ski slope; these sunglasses from Adam Selman will block the reflective light from the snow, while this bag from Acne x Fjällräven Kånken will keep your chapstick nearby and your hands free.
Outfit Four: The Modern Day Elsa On New Years Eve
There is no better time than the winter months to embody a powerful ice queen. This draped gown from Second Sight, a New York based and size inclusive brand, achieves ice queen status in the most elegant way. I would add this Gucci belt, favored by many plus-size bloggers and known for being roomy, to give the look more definition. For the ears, these fun mismatched earrings from Timeless Pearly, because fun is key on New Years. I would carry my party poppers in this iridescent Paco Rabanne bag that looks like it is made of ice and snow. For the final touch, I would wrap my feet in these Loeffler Randall Shoes, because I love anything that makes me feel like a present.
Now that I have successfully planned outfits in tune with the season, I have more time to drink eggnog, watch The Muppet Christmas Carol, and work on my Christmas list. Is there something you hope to find under the tree this year? Let me know in the comments!