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Christmas is by far my favourite holiday. I like it even more than my birthday (I think this happens as you get older haha). I love to watch Christmas movies, bake and eat too many cookies, and get together with family and friends. However, I very much dislike dressing for holiday parties. I don’t like wearing red or green (or any colour, for that matter) and I find that too much sparkle makes you look like an actual Christmas tree.

Anyway, with the holidays fast approaching (how is that even possible?!), I wanted to get a headstart on holiday party dressing. The best way to make a neutral colour like black look “festive” is with the texture. Velvet has made a comeback and I think it’s the perfect holiday fabric. Just please don’t do crushed velvet – trust me.

Sparkle is great in small doses and this choker does the trick. I kept all other jewelry very simple to let the choker shine (literally). Add a shearling jacket, soft smokey eye (see tutorial here) and a pair of boots for a little bit of edge.

What are you guys planning on wearing this holiday season? Do you have any tried and true outfits?

Express velvet dress, choker necklace, shearling moto jacket | 3.1 Phillip Lim boots | Mejuri rings

Photos by Andrew Cameron
Shot in collaboration with Express



  1. Lynette
    11.14.2016 / 11:03 am

    Love. Love. Love. This outfit is the bomb.

    • August Diaries
      11.15.2016 / 1:19 pm

      Thanks Lynette!

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      11.15.2016 / 1:15 pm

      Thanks Samantha! Agreed, love the velvet 🙂

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      11.16.2016 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks Vera 🙂

      xx Jill

  2. Lauren
    11.15.2016 / 11:26 pm

    Is this dress no longer available? Any suggestions on something similar?

    • August Diaries
      11.16.2016 / 12:17 pm

      Hi Lauren,

      Yep, it is! Just follow the link above 🙂

      xx Jill

  3. 11.16.2016 / 9:35 am

    Amazing outfit!! You look just stunning! Black and a touch of brightness is a perfect combo. I love the jacket you chose. Definitely something I would wear to a christmas party. So nice inspiration!

    • August Diaries
      11.16.2016 / 12:17 pm

      Thank you so much!

      xx Jill

  4. 11.18.2016 / 6:10 am

    wow, this dress is stunning. Well, it’s probably you…more than the dress. Love everything about this look. Those booties! I keep saying it, but they are just an absolute masterpiece! LOVE.

    XO, Gina

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