Struggling with what to wear this holiday season? Celebrity stylist Melanie Pace offers tips for updating your look while maintaining your individual style

Work parties, family gatherings and festive events…the holiday season is chock full of opportunities for you to sport the latest trends in winter fashion. If you’re looking to switch up your look for the holidays, read ahead to learn about quick, easy makeovers that can polish your look this season.

Hair for the holidays

Looking to switch up that summer color for a more sultry shade to match the season, but afraid to go too dark? Try lowlights first, to test the brunette waters, then make the decision on whether to go fully dark. Other shades gaining steam are soft auburns and, if going darker isn’t your thing, icy blondes are also in this holiday season. For the color-shy ladies, try switching up your style with a fishtail or side bang braid, and for those holiday parties, a messy bouffant or a sleek, high ponytail adds class to any look.

Festive, fresh face

Just because it’s a festive time of year doesn’t mean your makeup needs to resemble an artists color palette. I’m a firm believer in the less is more theory. Red lips are in just remember, pick a statement feature and stick with it. If you go heavy on the eyes (smoky metallic shades are in), leave the lips bare or opt for a nude gloss. Similarly, if you add a pop of color to the lips, like shades of red or pink, keep the eyes simple by adding a dash of mascara and a soft, earth-toned eyeliner. Add a wind-kissed look to your cheeks, with blush in soft rosy hues or bronzes.

‘Tis the season to be timeless

The secret to a refined wardrobe comes not in settling for less, but in selecting truly special pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways. With a focus on lush fabrics, decisive cuts and neutral hues, your closet wont require a periodic purge, just a considered infusion of new favorites that offer fresh options. You’ll want to build your closet around the following wardrobe staples:

  • Made-to-layer tee: fitted and flattering without sacrificing comfort; perfect under sweaters and jackets or a la carte
  • Modern tuxedo jacket: a feminine take on a classic menswear piece
  • The midi skirt: falls between the knee and ankle, the midi is this seasons easiest piece to style.
  • Cozy cashmere sweater: light enough to keep you reaching for it all year-long
  • Cigarette pant: a black cigarette pant cut perfectly to flatter the legs and derrire
  • The white dress shirt: a classic oxford in pure white cotton
  • Silk shift dress: this retro-inspired, flattering dress has a chic, yet comfortable, feel
  • Strappy stiletto: wears with everything and suggests edgy sophistication

Seasons details

The smallest details are what tie up the entire look. For the holidays, try trendy metallic nail coats. Silvers and golds are in this season. Creamy, opaque nudes, earth tones and slate grays are great shades for everyday wear, while lacquered burgundies and lilacs pair well with a LBD (Little Black Dress). Just remember, have fun with your look and be confident. Confidence is the real key to working any look this season.

Melanie Pace is a wardrobe stylist, fashion consultant/correspondent and personal shopper with degrees in fashion merchandising and business from Florida State University. Melanies work includes serving as a wardrobe stylist for E! with Giuliana Rancic, Walt Disney World and Golf Digest, an on-air fashion expert for Fox 35 News and People StyleWatch, and Ferragamo Fashion show production and styling.