The first look from my real-life holiday capsule wardrobe is one of the more casual options. This could be worn to Thanksgiving, to a work party right after being at the office, a dinner party at a neighbor's house. To make it more festive I swapped out the traditional brooch for one shaped like a snowflake.
Sweater: Audrey Cashmere Sweater c/o Talbots (Large) | Pants: Velvet-Trim Bi-Stretch Wool Slim-Ankle Pants c/o Talbots (14P) | Brooch: Amazon | Earrings: Cristabelle | Bag: Suede Clutch c/o Talbots (this year's version) | Shoes: Nine West
If red lips are too bold for you, my favorite trick to soften the look is apply a lip balm or gloss first, then the lipstick. Here, I used Fenty Gloss Bomb before I applied L'Oreal's Matte-Traction Red (my favorite red lipstick). I've even used good old Carmex before red lipstick to soften the look.
Yes, you can mix navy with black. Matching navy with navy from a different brand is near impossible. Black is an appropriate neutral and doesn't take away from the outfit. If you wished to dress this look up more, switch out a closed-toe pump for a heeled sandal, or add a pair of shoe clips to your pumps or flats. What makes the pants of this navy cocktail pantsuit special is the velvet tuxedo stripe down the side. This subtle detail elevates the pants from office to cocktail party (here's the link to the matching blazer). To see all the pieces from my real-life holiday capsule wardrobe visit this blog post. And stay tuned as I will be featuring outfit posts throughout November that are taken from this capsule wardrobe.