This time of year, social media would have you think that we’re all jumping into ball gowns to go to holiday parties and events.
But, the truth is, most of us grab our best-fitting-at-the-moment black pants, find a pretty blouse or sweater that we wouldn’t wear to work, and boom, holiday outfit.
So today, I’m featuring just that, some festive options that will turn your black pants into a celebration-ready outfit.
As we wrap up the year, please keep in mind that items are indeed selling out faster than I can keep up with.
So much so that I have only a few shopping posts left on the schedule, and some of them won’t ever go live because the featured pieces keep selling out.
However, within this post are as many options and sizes that I can find, along with suggestions for shoes and accessories to complete your look.
Holiday Tops to Wear with Basic Black Pants
Before we start, let’s talk about the black pants. You can pair any cut and style with the tops below, including full length or ankle, skinny or straight. Just pick the pair hanging in your closet that you feel best in.
Beaded Sweater, $50
H&M always has a fun assortment of tastefully embellished sweaters this time of year, and I’m always happy with the quality. Priced well, you can wear them all season, and throughout the winter for nights out.
This one, with beaded detail around the neck and sleeves is lovely. I also like this ivory sweater with a gold chain detail.
They say they run true to size, but I find sizing up to be helpful.
CeCe makes affordable tops and knits that are ideal for pairing with your better basic bottoms. This ruffle cuff top in crepe is as easy as it gets. Pair with an oversized earring and a shoe with some personality, like these green plaid flats from Ann Taylor, currently 40% off.
Off-the-shoulder Sweater, $109
Banana Republic is one of the few retailers on The Nice List for 2021. They always have inventory, with inclusive sizes, and their quality is always on point.
This off-the-shoulder sweater will add some much needed drama to your better basics.
Bow Detail Sweater, $89
I just placed an order for this adorable bow detail sweater, also be CeCe. Fingers crossed it gets here in time. You can wear this with any black bottom, pants and jeans, obviously, but also a black skirt with tights and boots.
Bouquet Tie Back Blouse, Originally $65 NOW $32.
Finally, how pretty is this floral blouse? The pattern is striking against the black and the tie neck back is a surprising detail. Pull your hair up or to the side to show it off, and add an earring, like these pearl drops from Julie Vos, on sale for under $100.
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