Women’s Style Edit: Elegance and ease are the key to holiday season dressing

’Tis the season to embrace velvet, plaid, cashmere and silk. Yes, the holidays are a time of comfort and joy — but also of impeccable style. Small details of personal flair can take your look up a few degrees with a festive dress code that’s always appropriate.
The most important thing to keep in mind, as with hosting or cooking, is striking the perfect balance. Luckily, that balance is simple. As is the case for most sartorial occasions, understatement truly stands out. Mixing classic pieces in luxurious fabrics and one or two shiny elements is the key to success. Though spirits may be high, dressing festively can quickly become a little too festive, even a little jarring. We can all likely recall examples of this. Between the tartans and the tinsel, it can be easy to get swept up in merry mayhem. Choose the pieces that reflect your nature, the looks that you turn to regularly — but this time, with a spirited twist.

For a look that is equally timeless and sophisticated, command the room in a chic velvet tuxedo with a hint of Black Watch tartan paired with a feminine satin blouse, crisp cotton dress shirt or even a cashmere turtleneck and a pair of loafers. One of the best things about this look is versatility. The tuxedo jacket can just as easily be worn with dark trousers or jeans to dress it down; the pants mix with a variety of velvet blazers, shirts or silk tops; and the loafers are at home in the city or country (as well as most countries, if holiday travels are ahead) and will take you through at least three seasons year after year.

Mixing classic pieces in luxurious fabrics and one or two shiny elements is the key to success.

Dress up the look with our velvet pumps, a feminine, refined shoe that instantly transforms Black Watch to black-tie. Speaking of, these shoes are a beautiful pairing for our floor-length velvet gown or tuxedo dress, equipping you well for a night at the opera or holiday gala.

Heading to visit family and friends for a few days, or, even more, hosting? Turn to time-tested tartan (including, but certainly not limited to, Black Watch). A cashmere turtleneck sets the stage for pattern mixing here. Our wide-leg trousers bring fresh energy, especially when worn with tasseled loafers and black cashmere socks. Our slimmer cut is a true seasonal staple, designed with English countryside life in mind. Pair with either heels or flats, your go-to cashmere sweater, or a crisp dress shirt and a black double-breasted jacket. The plaid hacking jacket keeps you sophisticated with flair; paired with wool trousers and a dark merino sweater, it exudes refinement and warmth and works well for day or evening.

Let’s not overlook the enduring power of statement outerwear. An oversized cashmere coat drapes with grace over every look, from a tuxedo dress to a notch-lapel jacket to wool trousers — and every sweater in between. Dressed up or down, it’s a sumptuous finishing touch that, like a velvet ribbon or satin bow, elevates the whole look the moment it’s on. The elegant details define a thoughtful season of beauty, joy and spirited style.