(Family Features) Creating on-trend ensembles when you just want to stay warm can be a challenge, but this season’s hottest looks make it easy to keep it cozy while dressing smart or casual. Whether you’re aiming for style for a holiday celebration or planning an evening of shopping and enjoying the holiday lights, this season’s trends have you covered.
Stylish layers and winter wardrobe updates are two keys to perfecting this season’s on-trend looks, according to acclaimed American fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, who works with Walmart as creative director for Free Assembly and Scoop, the retailer’s exclusive, upscale fashion brands.
“Like many people across the country who live in a small town, Walmart was the destination for everything I grew up including vacation wear,” Maxwell said. “When I first partnered with Walmart, I was excited to bring the joy of fashion to people across the country. Everyone deserves to enjoy their vacation in clothes they love. We’re proud to offer the biggest trends in holiday fashion this year, from cozy outerwear to glamorous party looks.”
Maxwell offers these tips to create the perfect affordable look no matter where your plans take you this winter:
Metallic shine: Metallic jumper sets, like a boxy crew neck and matching mini skirt in a glittery gold hue, are must-have pieces for the holidays. Wear the stunning set with matching gold earrings and platform sandals for a stunning party look.
Levels of style: Team festive multicolored intarsia knit patterns like this Fair Isle sweater from Free Assembly with a checked down jacket for an easy update to winter wardrobes like slightly ripped jeans and booties.
party perfect: Sophisticated outerwear pieces like a double-breasted coat add a modern twist to classic holiday party looks. Pair with a berry toned mini dress, black tights and black boots for an edgy look. For a bit of edge, choose a faux motorcycle jacket layered over a sequined cami top or metallic sweater to complement a faux leather skirt.
Casual comfort: This season, menswear is all about intentional layering and looks that prioritize both comfort and style. Update vintage-inspired flannel shirts by pairing them with a quilted puffer sweater and pairing them with wintry prints and cargo joggers for a casual yet layered look.
Little eye-catchers: Even the fashionable little ones can dress up this season. Colorful glitter girls’ dresses from Scoop complement perfectly matching versions for women, ideal for family photos and mommy-me moments that make the season extra special. For a more casual event, Fair Isle sweater dresses in fun hues like lavender can make for a classy look, oh yeah.
Visit Walmart.com for more festive fashion inspiration.