What to Wear for the Holidays?

‘Tis the season for holiday parties: with family, at the office, and a multitude of social engagements, it’s also that time of year for a sudden depletion of any spare time to go shopping for the perfect outfit. Or two. Or more…

Hence, the agonizing refrain: “What am I going to wear?” is now almost it’s own Christmas Carol.

Take a deep breath and enter your closet. Try things on – even that dress you haven’t worn since your cousin’s wedding – and keep the following in mind:

First of all, you want to be comfortable. That doesn’t only apply to ruling out those painful stilettos, but also to your choice of clothing. Love how that dress or blouse makes you feel, even if it is old? It’s a keeper.

Comfort is paramount.

Secondly, whatever you wear, make sure it fits. Any piece of clothing that is tailored, from the most basic tank top to an haute couture gown, will look like fantastic when compared to the same item that is too big or too small.

Fit is key.

Thirdly, if it’s a black tie event, dress appropriately (but still in keeping with the above). A

LBD goes a long way with styled hair, perfect accessories and elegant shoes. At the same time, if it’s a neighborhood BBQ, Paige jeans and a fitted sweater with a pair of classic booties can be a great option: it’s both casual for the venue and dressy for the Holidays.

Stand out for looking like an amazing you, not for looking out of place.

Me? I’m keeping it simple. I’ve decided on my latest dress from ba&sh:

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I’m pairing it with green L’ Autre Chose shoes from Italy. I bought them years ago and rarely wear them, which makes me think that finding this ba&sh dress was kismet, as they are perfect together!

What are your thoughts for holiday dressing?


Welcome to Emily’s Armoire

Hello World!

A little bit about me, Emily, the proprietor of Emily’s Armoire.

As a seasoned writer (The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, The Huffington Post, etc.), I moved to Port Townsend in October of 2015 to work on my memoir about being a traveling art model for photographers.

One day, unable to find a much-needed bra in town, a dress or even shoes for an event, I realized I could marry my secret sartorial affair with a new career: a boutique that not only sold fine lingerie, but also high quality, timeless fashion that would suit women of any age without being trendy.

I temporarily halted working on my memoir (well, not quite…) and opened Emily’s Armoire to serve Port Townsend, Seattle and the rest of the country with a finely curated selection of clothing, lingerie and accessories.

Come, open the Armoire and browse what I have selected for you: the modern, quality-conscious woman who avoids fads and fast fashion.