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From work parties and holiday parties to galas and the theater — there’s a lot going on in Charlotte this month. It’s almost as if you need an entire wardrobe just for the holidays and all the festive activities that take place. We stopped into three local boutiques, The Cheeky Bean, K-La and Leola and Simone, to put together nine outfit ideas — with the help of local stylist Jen Grano — that’ll get you through almost any holiday affair with a little sparkle.

Holiday dress|

Stylist Jen Grano helps us get ready for the holidays!

The Event: Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker

  • December 3 – 23, 2016
  • Tickets start at $25
  • Learn more and purchase tickets at

Enjoy a night with dancing sugarplums, elaborate costumes and great music at the Charlotte Ballet’s take on this holiday classic. This year’s show is set to be the glitziest yet, with all new costumes and sets.

What to wear: At the theater you can be as over-the-top as you want, so why not take full advantage of it and rock some sparkle and sass?! Wear an item with a lot of  flash like a fun sequined skirt and temper it with a simple, yet elegant solid top. You can also put together a classic white and black outfit and top it off with flashy accessories.

Look #1:

sequined skirt|

From Leola and Simone Boutique: Champagne sequin skirt, $49; glitz necklace, $52; purple shell top $28.99

sequined skirt|

We love the contrast of these colors and how the solid top subdues the sequins.

Look #2:

red clutch|

From Leola and Simone Boutique: White open-back sequin top, $49.99; red clutch, $32

sequined top|

We love the back on this sparkly top!

sequined top|

We paired the sequin top with a classic black leather skirt, $67.99, from Leola and Simone.

Look #3:

Blue holiday dress|

From K-La: Strappy blue sparkle dress $48; necklace, $22

Blue holiday dress|

We love how eye-catching the shimmer of this dress is. Pair with a grey or silver wrap to stay warm.

The Event: Whiskey Women of Charlotte’s Holiday Soirée

  • December 14, 2016
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Tickets are $35 and can be purchased here.

This is one of those events that is a guaranteed good time. Join the Whiskey Women of Charlotte for a soirée that is all about WHISKEY — oh, and holiday cheer (but mainly whiskey). The night will consist of small bites, whiskey-infused sweets, cocktails and goodie bags. For more information, click here.

What to wear: It’s girls’ night out! Just add whiskey, and it’s time to paaaaartay — so a Plain Jane outfit just won’t do for this fun, festive event. It’s time to pull out something that makes a statement. Sequins, color, sparkle — whatever’s fun is appropriate for this cocktail party.

Look #1:

sequin skirt|

From The Cheeky Bean: Bow top, $44; the sequin skirt is sold out, but here’s something similar from KK Bloom for $79.

White bow top|

We love the simple elegance of this white bow top.

gold earrings|

Add some gold detail with these earrings from The Cheeky Bean, $72.

Look #2:

sequin dress|

From The Cheeky Bean: Sequin dress, $60; leather jacket, $86

leather jacket|

Add a cool leather jacket to stay warm! The Cheeky Bean tassel earrings are $32.

Look #3:

Off-the shoulder top|

From The Cheeky Bean: Off-the shoulder top, $50; sequin pants, $49; clutch, $42

druzy bar necklace|

From The Cheeky Bean: Druzy bar necklace, $68

sequin pants|

Sparkles on sequins scream, “Happy holidays!”

The Event: Work Party

What to wear: Figuring out something to wear to a function with coworkers (and bosses!) outside of work can be daunting — especially when it’s a holiday party. To play it safe, but still look polished and holiday-esque, opt for a beautiful red or green dress that has great coverage, but also has a flirty detail like bell sleeves or a full skirt with a lot of movement. Or, a black dress is always a smart go-to option that can easily be dressed up or down with accessories depending on the formality of the event.

Look #1:

black dress|

From K-La: Black dress, $52; burgundy clutch, $42

Gold cuff bracelet|

Pair an LBD with delicate gold accessories. From K-La: gold cuff bracelet, $22

burgundy clutch|

A colorful clutch adds contrast to the black dress.

Look #2:

Red holiday dress|

From K-La: Red holiday dress, $64

red holiday dress|

From K-La: Show off your holiday spirit with this cheerful red off-the-shoulder dress, $64, and detailed gold cuff, $22.

Look #3:

black and white printed pants|

From Leola and Simone Boutique: Burgundy off-the-shoulder top, $45.99; black and white pants, $36.99

black and white printed pants|

Simple and easy, this outfit can transition from office to office party.

Thank you to Jen Grano for her time and styling. You can see more of her work on Thank you to Avonné of Avonné Photography for the incredible pictures. Make-up done by Dawn Richardson.


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