Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing several holiday looks centered on “wearable” everyday pieces, as holiday dressing doesn’t necessarily entail glitter (okay, in this post, it does).

Loosely speaking, holiday dressing can be distinguished in two ways: with color (red, green, gold); or with texture (velvet, sequins, brocade). If you incorporate just one of these elements and accessorize appropriately, it doesn’t take much to transform a weekday favorite for a holiday gathering.

The knit minidress* featured here is done in a very festive material, even if the style of dress doesn’t scream holiday dressing. The metallic fibers in the material are rather eye-catching, and can be accentuated with gold-tone jewelry (or mitigated with a bleaker color). Wear it with a pair of dressier pumps–metallic or mesh–and top it with your fanciest faux fur coat or stole (I like this one), if you are feeling extra.

Quay Australia My Girl 50mm Cat Eye Sunglasses in Tortoiseshell/Brown || Free People Classic Fur Coat (past season) || Free People French Girl Sweater Minidress (size XS; also here, here, and here) || Ann Taylor Pearlized Cuff Bracelet || Ann Taylor Tweed Clutch (past season) || Chanel Pearl CC Long Necklace (a few are available on eBay here) || Kate Spade New York Licorice Metallic Leather Pumps (color is past season)

* The dress is now 40% off online at Nordstrom and is worth considering at this price; I would not have recommended it at full price, as the material is mediocre (thin, and enables wrinkles) and the adjustable buckle belt cheapens the design. Fit-wise, it runs short (it is a mini dress, after all) and the three-quarter sleeves are full-length on 5’2 me. The dress is a pullover style with no zippers.

Free People French Girl Sweater Minidress (size XS): waist: 11.5″; bust: 13″; length: 31.5″; sleeve length: 22.5″

Another knit option that you might consider is the Hinge Maxi Sweater Dress, which I will feature soon. The material is also lackluster, and it fits about a size big, but I am intrigued by the idea of a sweater maxi dress, so have kept it to experiment with.

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