With so many mittened hands clutching red Starbucks cups and lovely displays of all things Christmas popping up in our favorite shops, a girl’s thoughts turn to the inevitable question of the season, “what will I wear to the upcoming multitude of holiday events?”  While it may be tempting to squander your gifting budget on various items to bulk up your holiday wardrobe, remember ‘tis the season of giving.  You can navigate every event in your Outlook calendar with a simple staple you most likely already have in your wardrobe – the versatile and always oh so chic black pencil skirt.
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Forget the LBD, this season, it’s all about the BPS.  Polished and providing a look that is always pulled together, the BPS is your blank canvas for creating memorable looks for a variety of occasions. Your best BPS should be fitted enough to show your shape and fall just to the knee or slightly below.  To get the best use out of your BPS, choose a good fabric with few embellishments and simple texture, allowing it to be a look chameleon.  Incorporate some of your favorite pieces of jewelry, do a bold red lip, style a quick fishtail, rock a fun nail color.  This season, no matter the occasion, you’ll be sure to make your mark.
Holiday Event #1 – The office party Not just for boring days at the office, your BPS and white button down can make an easy transition from water cooler to cocktails with a few key pieces.  Look party ready in a glamorous, shimmering jacket. Add a little sparkle with drop crystal earrings and change out of your work shoes into a good pair of heels.  Brighten up your makeup and put your essentials in a bright red clutch.  There you have it, a look that is completely fabulous and coworker-appropriate!

1.  Ann Taylor Blazer, 2. Banana Republic Shirt, 3. DSW Poppie Jones Clutch, 4. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Pumps, 5. Banana Republic Earrings


Holiday Event #2 – Breakfast with Santa

You’ll be the most stylish in line for pancakes by dressing your BPS in chunky knits and a cozy scarf.  Layer a thick cardigan over a soft tee and tie it up with a plush plaid scarf. Add some texture to your look with red over the knee socks and a pair of great tall boots.

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1. BR Sweater Toggle Coat, 2. Gap Scarf, 3. Banana Republic Timeless Tee, 4. Aerosoles Boots, 5. JCrew Herringbone Tights


Holiday Event #3 – Christmas Festivities with the Fam Hit just the right note in your BPS with this red peplum top and gorgeous statement necklace.  Polka dot tights and bedazzled ballet flats add a little fun to the look.

black pencil skirt1. Anthropologie Tank, 2. Banana Republic Sparkle Chandelier Necklace, 3. Steve Madden Flats, 4. Banana Republic Sheer Dot Tights


Lauren Swanstrom is The Little Style File's Women's Wear Contributor.  Lauren has a passion for fashion and loves to inspire everyone to find their own personal style.  Look for many more posts from Lauren in the new year!  Does your closet need a style overhaul?  Have a wardrobe question?  Send an email to info@thelittlestylefile.com!  Connect with Lauren at @LaurenSwanstrom.