Fashion Raiding My Sister's Closet

Raiding My Sister’s Closet: Holiday Dressing for Warmer Weather

Dressing for holiday events when it's still warm outside Dressing for holiday events when it's still warm outside
Dressing for holiday events when it's still warm outside
Dressing for holiday events when it's still warm outside

Even though all three of us live in different states, we all happen to live somewhere that doesn’t get particularly cold (I guess when you grow up in Las Vegas, you naturally gravitate toward places that have no idea what snow is).

So when fall and early winter start to roll around, we’re all looking at people wearing coats, boots, and scarves and thinking, “it’s still 88 degrees here.”

Which can make it a challenge to dress up for holiday events because thick tights, coats, and fur seem a little out of place when your flip-flops are still weather-appropriate.

Here’s a few tricks I’ve picked up after all these years of living where snowmen can’t go:

Dressing for holiday events when it's still warm outside
Dressing for holiday events when it's still warm outside
1. Pick a dress. I love that dresses are appropriate for any season, and it’s not weird to have bare legs with a dress in December (whereas bare legs with shorts to a Christmas party might raise an eyebrow or two). This dress is pretty light-weight, but the longer sleeves and dark color help it look more wintery without overheating me. Plus, if you do live somewhere colder, it’s easy to add tights and a pretty coat to a dress.
2. Try ankle boots or open-toed booties. I almost didn’t buy these shoes because I thought, “I have at lesat three other pairs of nude or cognac heels and wedges.” But all of the other ones are more sandal style and definitely look pretty summery. These ones definitely feel less summery, but are still cool with the open toe and perforations (also they’re ridiculously comfortable, which was a happy surprise).
3. Go with a wintery nail polish. I should have taken my own advice here, but I think a dark or metallic nail polish is a great way to make your outfit lo ok more holiday-ish no matter what the temperature is outside.
4. Add some jewelry. I wear pretty light jewelry most of the time, but this is a fun time of year to break out some slightly fancier pieces to glam up your holiday outfit. I skipped a necklace this time, and went with these pretty earrings that I love but don’t often wear.  Dressing for holiday events when it's still warm outside
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Drop by Merrick and Landen’s blogs and check out their warm weather holiday attire:


Photos by Grace + Vine Studios

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  • Reply Tasha Dale December 13, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I love those sites! Do you agree with the review that says to order 1/2 size up?

    • Reply Tasha Dale December 13, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      And obviously I meant shoes, not sites.

    • Reply Janssen December 13, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      I ordered mine in my regular size and they're a perfect fit!

  • Reply Julia Manfredi-Hobbs December 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    I'm so jealous! It was -20 F here this morning. Canadian Winter *sigh*

  • Reply Rosanna December 14, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Are you wearing an XS? May I ask your height?

    • Reply Janssen December 14, 2016 at 3:01 am

      It's an XS and I'm just shy of 5'4." Good luck!

  • Reply Paige Flamm December 15, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    I'm just going to come out and say that you set the bar pretty high for pregnancy style.

  • Reply Jenn December 15, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    You look amazing!!! I love the whole ensemble!

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