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Understated Luxury Is In This Season: 18 Holiday Outfit Ideas That Scream Modish!

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The end of the year is usually time to unwind, reflect and make plans to veer into a new or hopeful adventure. Embracing this in modish ways, festive holiday outfits are in and on a merry streak this season. 

From ensembles in both neutral and iridescent colours to extravagant fabric and fancy accessories, your virtual parties or in-house celebrations are in for a stylish treat! Even more exciting, the latest holiday outfit trends combine functionality, personality and comfort to a tee.

Although the upcoming Christmas holiday has an unconventional and unusual feel to its anticipation, striking the perfect balance between fabulous and convenient is what the latest trends are all about. In other words, understated luxury is the name of this festive game.

So if you’re leaning towards having a wardrobe that is as snug as it is luxurious, we’ve got you covered.

Check out 18 festive holiday outfit ideas that scream ‘modish’…

Ensemble pieces

#1. The Classic LBD

Rita Dominic LBD little black dress organza sleeves stylerave

Rita Dominic LBD little black dress organza sleeves stylerave

Rita Dominic
little black dress stylerave

little black dress stylerave

Mihlali Ndamase

Effortless, classic and versatile! These are words that embody the charm and quality of the little black dress. The accessible outfit staple is perfect for jolly festivities as it shines in both casual and refined silhouettes. Whether you rock one with a pair of snazzy stilettos or some fun edgy sneakers, it never disappoints.

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#2. Knitted Vests

white oversized shirt dress knitted vests stylerave

white oversized shirt dress knitted vests stylerave

Victoria Barbára

Uber-chic and hot this festive season, knitted vests continue to steal the hearts of stylistas everywhere. You can style them over a classic white shirt dress, alongside a pair of upscale thigh-high boots and voila! You’re a solid trendsetter!

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Acne Studios Wool & Silk Vest | SHOP NOW

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#3. Leather

One festive holiday outfit idea that maintains its ritzy identity in the wintertime is the leather trend. It’s in vogue, it’s on point and it comes in a variety of colours like brown, red and black, also its pattern range is as extensive as it can be. From contemporary longline jackets and trench coats to dapper trousers and corsets, your options are endless!

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black leather shirts holiday party outfits stylerave

Mihlali Ndamase

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#4. Loungewear

The loungewear trend undoubtedly elevated autumn staples this year and became the go-to outfit for every style enthusiast working from home. Taking things up a notch with a play on knit textures, also replacing loose or baggy forms, one piece within the item that continues to shine is the bodycon dress. While accentuating the female form in elegant ways, bodycon dresses serve as an upgrade to the “comfort is key” mantra. So swap that silk midi garb for a comfy knit fitted bodycon dress today.

brown loungewear latest fashion trends stylerave

brown loungewear latest fashion trends stylerave

Mercedes Benson

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#5. Feather-Trimmed Pajama Sets

The art of detail in fashion should never be underestimated and feather-trimmed pajama sets prove this and more. The fashion-forward two-piece is cosy enough for a zoom office party or a casual night in with the girls. Not only is it fabulous enough to make an impression, but it’s also comfortable enough for you to bust a move or two in! And if you’re the stylista in your family, you can always own your title with a feather-trimmed pajama set at a family gathering on Christmas eve.

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feathered pyjamas holiday outfit ideas stylerave

@maryljean

#6. Statement Sleeves

Adding the perfect amount of pizzazz and glam to your list of festive holiday outfits, statement-making sleeves are in and on point! Ever since waist-up dressing became a thing for the current semi-virtual climate, the exaggerated shoulder fad has been embraced with ease. With an array of choices like puff, feathers or fringe features, the possibilities are limitless.

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white monochrome fashion holiday outfits stylerave

@melissaswardrobe
Olivia Culpo exaggerated sleeves stylerave

Olivia Culpo exaggerated sleeves stylerave

Olivia Culpo

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#7. Fringe/Fringing

When powerhouses like Burberry and Salvatore Ferragamo have incorporated the fringe craze in their Autumn/Winter collections this year, why shouldn’t you? From dresses, skirts and tops, the frill-like detail has become a must-have, and it undoubtedly fits into the unconventional theme of the festive season ahead.

Black fringe dress festive holiday outfit ideas stylerave

Black fringe dress festive holiday outfit ideas stylerave

Juliette Foxx
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fringe skirts holiday outfit ideas latest fashion trends stylerave

@hintofglamour

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#8 Metallic Garbs

Tracee Ellis Ross metallic jumpsuits stylerave

Tracee Ellis Ross metallic jumpsuits stylerave

Tracee Ellis Ross

It is without a doubt that metallic outfits are showstoppers, especially when rocked in unique forms. But to set a bar that surpasses this with finesse this coming holiday, fun and dainty colours are a must-try with the trend.

#9. Captivating Collars

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exaggerated collars chanel plaid blazer stylerave

Paola Alberdi

Validating a new sense of originality and creativity with festive holiday outfit ideas this year, captivating collars are in. They easily catch the attention of anyone you come in contact with, and even better, you can design them yourself. All you need are jewels, lace fabrics, broaches or feathers and you’re good to go!

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#10. Silk/Satin Dresses

Floating with regal ease this holiday, silk/satin dresses should be on your festive radar as they never go unnoticed. In a melange of colours like red, green or gold, and midi, maxi and asymmetrical dimensions, they are simply gorgeous!

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 green satin dress holiday outfit ideas stylerave

Bernicia Boateng
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maxi satin dresses holiday outfit ideas stylerave

Fisayo Longe

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Shoes

#11. Over The Knee Boots

Boots always have a certain allure to them that makes them ideal for exclusive events. Kicking things off in high audacity with the trend, over the knee boots are hot this season. Whether you rock them in plain colours like black and white, or in floral and animal patterns, you’re sure to make an impression.

Monica Denise Green floral over the knee boots stylerave

Monica Denise Green floral over the knee boots stylerave

Monica Denise
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over the knee boots latest fashion trends stylerave

@she.nobu

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#12. Pouch Bags

Pouch bags modishly took over the style scene this year in the summertime. With an assortment of soft and pastel tinges like powder blue, sand, lilac and rosy pinks, the hobo-like bag is a street style phenomenon that wins.

Mansur Gavriel Pink Cloud Clutch | SHOP NOW

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BOTTEGA VENETA Brown ‘The Pouch’ Clutch| SHOP NOW

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Jewellery & Hair Accessories

#14.  Embellished Headbands

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embellished headbands stylerave

@yas_ln

With a dynamic take on ultra-sleek hair accessories this winter, embellished headbands do more than they are perceived to. They take your holiday outfit from 0-100 real quick and they are great for lazy or bad hair days.

#14. Chainlink & Chunky Necklaces

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 gold chain link necklace holiday outfit ideas stylerave

Amra Olević Reyes

It goes without saying that dainty jewellery pieces have a way of completing an ensemble with a little something extra during the holidays. This festive season, however, chunky and chainlink necklaces are at the forefront of all things bijou! They have a way of complimenting multiple personal styles without taking away too much from an outfit’s ethos. From monochrome and minimalistic palettes to outright edgy and eccentric personas, they check every box.

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