5 Festive Outfits You Can Wear Year-Round

Original article written for Vitamin Daily.

I call them “uni-taskers.” Like tortilla-makers or cherry-pitters, they do amazing things to cherries and tortillas, but for the other 364 days, they sit around inhabiting valuable storage space and making you feel as if you need to “pit” something to assuage buyer’s remorse.

This is my struggle with holiday party dresses. Sequins, jewels and everything that sparkles is not gold, just burdens our closets. I’ve justified flashy festive pieces with naïve statements of undying love, only to bury them in the graveyard of good intentions. The reality is, I’m fashion fickle, when next December comes around, there’s a shiner dress I’m eyeing up.

My solution, choosing pieces that can transition into other seasons, and a few of Vancouver’s favourite boutiques seem to be on the same track. Each curated pieces versatile enough to stand out at a festive bash, and dressed down to become year-round wardrobe staples…until it’s time to shop again of course.

Misch

A charming shape with a painted pattern so beautiful it can be both a statement piece and worn year-round. Imagine this MSGM dress with a leather jacket for girl’s night out.

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Details: MSGM dress $990

Violet Boutique

Graphic florals are unexpectedly festive and colorful and contrasted with a bright, geometric clutch and bold jewelry makes holiday statements.

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Details: Rachel Comey Medina Dress 598.00, Rag & Bone Albion Pumps 556.00, Lizzie Fortunato Primary Necklace 600.00 & Port of Call Clutch in Tile 492.00

Oliver & Lily’s

Perfect for a holiday open house or dinner with family. This Ace + Jig dress is simply effortless. Add gold to highlight the copper sheen in the skirt, and it’s merry enough for any occasion.

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Details: Ace + Jig dress $348, Clare V clutch $240, Jen Ellis Skull & Claw necklace $40-48

Boboli

This winter-white, timeless Valentino dress rekindles my hope in undying fashion love. Apropos for anything, a summer soirée or even a springtime brunch paired with flats and a light cashmere cardigan.

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Details: Valentino lace tunic dress $2990. Tabitha Simmons suede pumps $1165. VBH gold leaf stingray clutch $1995. Thirteen31 black diamond 18k gold tassel bracelet & toggle closure necklace $3495.00 & $2895

Nicole Bridger

A stunning silk dress with a classic drape, this is an elegant addition to the noble family of Little Black Dresses.

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Details: Eternal dress $278

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