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makchic Style Files: How to Style Your Wardrobe Staples This Holiday Season

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Holiday season aesthetics are all about standing out, from bold statement pieces and sky-high heels, to stylish shimmer and rocking red lips. After endless MCO-bound months however, some of us might have lost the knack for dressing up  – and many might still be erring on the side of conservative spending during this period.

If you’re looking for a wardrobe refresh that’s easy on the wallet, there are basic key pieces that most of us have in our closets that can be mixed, matched and accessorised to create the perfect outfit to suit the occasion. Here are some festive styling tips built upon your wardrobe staples to help you put together a fun, yet stylish, look this festive season:

1. Black Jeans

Black jeans are one of the easiest items to style, and can go with almost everything. This first look is great for a slightly more formal, indoors event, such as an office party or dinner at a restaurant. Pair your fitted black jeans with a statement top in a luxe fabric like velvet, satin, taffeta, lace, etc. Keep the rest of the look fairly neutral in order to let the blouse do the talking. Cap off your outfit with high heels for a polished look, paired with shimmery eyes, a strong lip colour and glittery nails for a glam night out.

2. White Shirt

The late Karl Lagerfeld once said, “The white shirt is the basis of everything.” A crisp, cuffed, buttoned down white shirt should be in every woman (and man’s) wardrobe. This timeless classic can take you from boardroom on weekdays, to Sunday brunch with the family on weekends. You can even glam it up for the holiday season by tucking it into a dramatic organza or tulle skirt, or high waisted trousers in eye-popping colours for an effortlessly pulled-together look.

If you’re up for it, try matching your white shirt with a sequinned miniskirt and layer with a bralette. You’ll definitely look nothing like what your colleagues are used to in this outfit.

3. Black Dress

The Little Black Dress (LBD) is a wardrobe staple that’s often left hanging at the back of the closet because we think it’s something only reserved for special events. But with the right additions and accessories, the LBD becomes a versatile outfit that can even be worn to a casual get-together with friends.

Layer your LBD with a khaki jacket, denim shirt or an interesting vest for a more relaxed look. Stick to laidback accessories, such as espadrilles, a raffia tote, layered necklaces and natural makeup, for an elevated beach vibe. Complete the look with a bright coloured twilly in your ponytail for an ensemble that’s more fun than formal.

4. Camisole Top

A satin camisole top in a neutral colour is a versatile staple that you can wear time and again due to its inherent simplicity. Dress up your camisole for the holiday season with textures, such as a lace pencil skirt, jacquard pants, metallic palazzos or pleated skirt. The camisole top works really well under a blazer, but you can pare down from looking too office-like by tucking the camisole into ripped jeans and ballerina flats. Keep the accessories minimal, but blinged-out for the party look.

Take the time to experiment and “style” your outfits. Try rolling your sleeves up to the right length, tucking in your shirt just the right way, or folding up the hems of your jeans – these little stylist tricks will give your outfit a polished, effortlessly nonchalant look!

Have fun dressing up and take care over the holidays, #makchicmumtribe.

All images from MyTheresa.


Life before little humans involved hanging out with beautiful people and styling models for television commercials and photo shoots. Now, Su Ning can often be found at the park with a trio of girls dressed in various shades of pink.