As much as I might not be ready, the holidays are coming. In the next eight weeks, you will get invitations to events spur of the moment that you will not expect. You will wake up feeling exhausted from to much eggnog and think, "What can I possibly put on that will make me look slightly presentable?" You will realize against all odds everything you own (that still fits) is at the dry cleaners.
That is why you should get ready now. Look in your closet, head to the mall and find a few outfits that are so simple, yet classic you can wear them anywhere this holiday season. Lunch, dinner, work, a cocktail party, and feel like you are pulling it off effortlessly.
Here is an example of such an outfit.
The coat looks like I borrowed it from Audrey Hepburn. Even if you had sweatpants on underneath, you would look adorable. We can be twins in this coat because I LOVE it and hope to wear it everywhere. ;)
The dress is your basic LBJ. However, throw on some pearls, find a brooch and it will look instantly more expensive. The other note is this dress is very forgiving. The more cookies, the more punch, the more cocktails, and the tighter your pants can get. Consequently, I would start out the holiday season in something not so form fitting and enjoy all the candy canes you can get your hands on. You can diet in January. I know you will see dresses with sequins, ribbons, bright bold colors when shopping. I promise you none of these dresses will be your saving grace in a moment of fashion panic when you are running ten minutes late.
Now depending on how much energy you can muster, I prefer the boots. However, after a few holiday parties with your feet in heels, you might need (NEED) to switch to ballet flats.
If you keep most of your accessories in basic colors (I know boring, but practical) you can easily make them look timeless and might even get a few more seasons out of them.