Guest Post – Get Twisted: Holiday Fashion with a Flare

Hey Beautiful People! I’m Mary from StyleFyles (http://stylefyles.tumblr.com/) and I’m thrilled to be guest posting here at Leslie’s lovely blog.

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Almost every day, I take photos of my outfits and post them on my blog. Sometimes I discuss fashion-related material, but most of the time I share personal anecdotes, bits of history from my life (especially if they’re funny), or discuss lifestyle topics that are currently on my mind.

I’m highly sarcastic and often try to bring a smile to my readers’ faces. If you know me in real life, you’ll find that’s my real personality as well. Of course, not everyone is blessed with the ability to understand my highly sophisticated sense of humor…but we’ll leave those minions (like my boyf.) alone.

Can you tell I’m trying to impress you?

I just took a shot at my boyfriend.

Geez.

We should move on….

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Dressing for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do.  I love assembling an arsenal of holiday-specific pieces, but then incorporating one unseasonal item into the mix. While this teal dress is definitely an off-color for Christmas, I think it substitutes nicely for the more seasonal (but also more expected) green. But with deep red pumps, houndstooth printed tights and a wintery cardigan; this outfit still feels appropriate for a daytime holiday party.

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I know it’s all well and good to throw together a holiday ensemble when your full wardrobe is within arm’s reach. But if you’re traveling for the holidays (as many of us do), holiday wear suddenly gets a bit trickier. Despite living far from home, I’ve always had trouble packing light.
I absolve myself of all responsibility regarding my packing deficiency.

It is my belief this is an incorrigible genetic failure.

Just kidding.

It’s totally corrigible.    

But over Thanksgiving, I discovered a couple keys to efficient packing. (http://stylefyles.tumblr.com/post/1681120200/one-bag-packing-for-four-days)

First: identify versatile items that can be worn and re-worn without feeling repetitive. During my four day trip to Ohio, I wore the same cardigan three days in a row (the cardigan I am wearing right now, in fact!). And while it’s a pretty distinct statement piece, each outfit was so different so they each felt fresh.

Second: lay your outfits out ahead of time. Even though laying out your clothes seems elementary, it’s a fantastic way to determine what you’ll actually need. During my Ohio trip I wore almost every single item I packed. I was pretty impressed with myself, given my track record of often wearing less than half of the clothes I bring with me on trips.

Third: attempt the bundle packing technique. (http://www.academichic.com/2009/05/30/unpacking-methodologies-rolling-vs-bundle/) In my experience, it’s the most space-efficient way to pack clothes (of course, if you have another technique, I’d love to hear about it!).

Thanks for tuning in, and special thanks to Leslie for letting me take up some space around here.

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outfit details:

heels: Guess via Ross
black tights:  Express
hound’s-tooth tights: Target
dress: Goodwill, Dayton, OH
cardigan: Lulu’s
multi-necklace: Buffalo Exchange
pendant necklace: Mayme boutique, Silverlake, CA

(psst- yes, I am wearing two pair of tights. Since the hound’s-tooth tights end at the ankles, I almost always wear a second pair underneath, to cover my feetsies)

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What are some of your holiday fashion tips? What are your go-to fashion outfits and accessories this holiday season?

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7 Comments

  • Reply Lady Sophia's Lover December 15, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Come nightingale, tell me the word.
    The mountain from which you came is blessed.
    The rose burns you, my love burns me.
    You are crying, I will also cry.

    Thanks.

  • Reply Michelle December 15, 2010 at 10:29 am

    wow that is such a cute outfit!

  • Reply Patty O December 15, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Loved the outfit! Very fresh for late fall! I never thought of wearing two pairs of tights, but it sure works/looks great. Must cover your footsies in the COLD weather!

  • Reply Mary @ stylefyles December 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Thanks for the comments, guys…..

    @ Patty O – two pairs of tights is actually SUPER warm…..not just for your feet but it warms the entire body! Even though I don't usually need the extra warmth here in Los Angeles, it does come in handy when I visit my family in CT and OH. And aesthetically, I like how it eliminates the pop of pale skin you'd see if I wasn't wearing the under-pair.

  • Reply Anonymous January 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I really love your writing style… great read. You have a fun sense of fashion!!

  • Reply Julie January 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I totally agree about the mayhem of packing. I travel all the time and wear about 1/3 of what I pack. I will try the lay out method next time. Thanks!!

  • Reply Anonymous January 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    SO CUTE!!!! I would never be brave enough to pair this together. KUDOS!

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