Five Fabulous Steps to Achieve the Perfect Holiday Style


The holiday season is almost upon us and I could not be more excited! One of my favorite things about the holidays is dressing up for a special evening with my family. As a little girl my mother always made it a point to dress me up every holiday in a cute little dress. I still try to continue that formality during the holidays by dressing up in my best of the best! This holiday season I teamed up with the fabulous store DownEast Basics to share the perfect holiday outfit. This look is great for either Christmas or Thanksgiving and the red tones add the perfect amount of holiday cheer to the look. DownEast Basics is the best place to shop for your new favorite blouse or to create the ultimate layered look with their cozy and comfortable knits and t-shirts. Their affordable, fun and modest styles really suit me!

I love this combo of the crimson blouse and the pleated skirt. The red and black details in the skirt really pull the entire look together without looking too matchy-matchy. DownEast Basics’ cheerful take on these classic styles make styling a holiday outfit easy. I styled this look with my pair of Mary Jane pumps. They are such an innocent style of shoe, but this modern design makes them incredibly chic! Whether you are hosting a holiday party, if you’re a guest at Grandma’s, or simply just there to eat all of the food, you can rely on DownEast Basics to find the perfect holiday outfit! Below I have prepared 5 tips on how to achieve the perfect holiday style this season.

1. Color Coordination – Try to find a solid colored top and pair it with a skirt, pants, shoes, or bag that have a hint of the same color. During the holiday season we see a lot of red, green and sparkle. Try to style your outfit around the colors of the holiday season, but don’t go overboard – you don’t want to look like a crazy blinking Christmas tree! This red DownEast Basics blouse I styled in this look will be PERFECT for any holiday party. Styled with the skirt, the color coordination is so effortless.

2. Put A Bow On It – Styling a pussybow blouse is such a sweet way to celebrate the holidays. I especially love this style of blouse and according to my previous styled post, the bow will be a hot ticket this season! There’s just something so magical about the bow at the neckline. When I wear my DownEast Basics red bow blouse I really do feel like Mrs. Clause!

3. A Full Skirt – I love the A-line skirts because they are not only modest enough go to Church in, but they are also extremely comfortable to wear after a large meal. Oh, and they are fun to dance and twirl in!! This skirt checks off three boxes of holiday fun! Style your full skirt with a pussy bow blouse for the cutest holiday look.

4. Lip Color – I know we all love leaving kissy marks on our cute little cousins!! A bright pop of red lips is the perfect way to tie together your holiday outfit. Also try a matte burgundy for a more subtle look, or a dark lip for new years! I’m loving these colors: Meet Matt(e) Hughes in Dedication and the Urban Decay Vice Vintage Lipstick Collection in Bruise!

5. Holiday-Themed Nail Art – This season try turning your nails into little Christmas trees, candy canes, holiday lights or get a pretty snowflake design! This is such a cute way to add some quirky holiday cheer to your look. I am a huge fan of nail art whether you are DIYing it or getting a professional design on your nails, nail art is the perfect festive touch to your look!
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Top: It’s a Tie Blouse in “Red Beauty” by DownEast Basics. Skirt: Ribbon Pleat Skirt Jacquard Stripe by DownEast Basics. Shoes: Selma Mary Jane by Sole Society. Bag: Trapeze Cross Body by Forever21.

Thank you DownEast Basics for sponsoring this post!




  1. November 11, 2016 / 3:30 PM

    Loving these tips and that skirt is everything!! I cannot believe how quickly the Holiday’s are approaching!!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:40 PM

      It’s never too early to start planning.For once in my life I’m trying to get ahead this holiday season hahaha! This outfit is so perfect and I can’t wait to style these pieces in different ways!

  2. November 11, 2016 / 3:34 PM

    Really love this outfit on you! I have to check out DownEast Basics because this entire look is PERFECT!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:39 PM

      Thanks so much, it’s the perfect brand!

  3. November 11, 2016 / 3:53 PM

    Aw I love this top it’s so cute!! And the picture of you laughing is so perfect! This company has such cute pieces. Love this babe 🙂

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:38 PM

      That’s my fiance’s favorite too. I love candid photos, they are the best 🙂

  4. November 11, 2016 / 4:05 PM

    Obsessed! I love this color combination. I’m all about adding a bow on it at this time of year and your blouse is perfect! Plus who can resist a bit of winter white?! 🙂 Someday I wish I would stop chewing on my nails so I could do nail art and not look like a 6 year old! haha! Happy weekend, babe!


    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:38 PM

      Kristin, I am no good at nail art either, especially when it comes to my left hand. HAHA! I leave that for the professionals. Thanks so much for your sweet comment!

  5. Nataly
    November 11, 2016 / 4:14 PM

    I really love that skirt and top! Such a great color combo!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:37 PM

      Thanks Nataly! I really do love this look.

  6. November 11, 2016 / 4:23 PM

    What a great post! You are looking so gorgeous! And DownEast Basics sounds like a perfect brand, I’m totally shopping around right now!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:36 PM

      Shop away girlfriend! They have such a cute selection!

  7. November 11, 2016 / 4:32 PM

    I’ve said it many times to you but I’ll say it again but crimson is seriously your colour! I love these tips & it makes dressing for the holidays so easy. I think colour coordination is so key & it just ties everything together & can never go wrong with a sassy red lip! I’ll def check out those colours you mentioned, I’m on the hunt for the perfect holiday red! xx Shannon

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:36 PM

      Thanks Shannon! I love this red because it’s so deep and rich. The quality of the blouse is also so soft. SO perfect for the price point. Thanks for the love!! <3

    • tayloraube
      November 15, 2016 / 1:58 PM

      Thank you so much, you are so sweet!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:34 PM

      Thank you Amanda!! 🙂

  8. November 11, 2016 / 4:53 PM

    Great post, Taylor! I absolutely love wearing full skirts and Mary Jane shoes all the time! Vintage is definitely my go to style for all holidays!

    xo Mariam

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:34 PM

      Mary Jane shoes are so your style. I was so giddy when I found this pair because they are so modern and chic, and not grannylike. I love vintage too – but these MJ’s with the heel are just to die for!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:33 PM

      Thanks so much! It was really fun to come up with these tips 🙂 Hope you consider them for the holidays!

  9. November 11, 2016 / 4:59 PM

    I’m in love with this top! The bow detail is so cute!!

    By Lauren M

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:33 PM

      I’ve got a thing for bows! They are the cutest little detail.

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:33 PM

      Thanks Leah! It makes me so excited for the upcoming holidays! <3

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:32 PM

      Thanks so much Victoria!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 6:32 PM

      Thank you so much! These two pieces were so easy to style together 🙂

  10. November 11, 2016 / 6:48 PM

    This is perfection! You look gorgeous and I love this look 🙂

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:40 PM

      Thanks so much Aly, you’re so sweet!

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:40 PM

      That’s so awesome! I hope you have a great trip 🙂

    November 11, 2016 / 7:44 PM

    WOW … love everything about this post … plus being festive is fun !!!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 7:55 PM

      Agreed! I really loved styling these pieces, they are so festive!

  12. Amanda
    November 11, 2016 / 7:46 PM

    I love that shirt <3

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 7:55 PM

      Thank you Amanda! It’s so cute and comfortable.

  13. Anna
    November 11, 2016 / 8:13 PM

    The pleated skirt is gorgeous! It has such a festive feel to it! And I can’t believe how affordable that gorgeous bag is!
    Also the bold lip is amazing! I need to take notes from you!

    • tayloraube
      November 11, 2016 / 8:54 PM

      You are so sweet! I bet this entire look would be so fabulous on you! Thank you for your kind words.

  14. November 11, 2016 / 10:25 PM

    I love that blouse! Paired with that skirt and bag is so perfect for the holidays!

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:39 PM

      Thank you Jen, so glad you think so.

  15. Ashley
    November 11, 2016 / 10:57 PM

    This is a gorgeous holiday look! I love that tie neck blouse! So pretty, girl!!

    xo Ashley

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:39 PM

      Thanks so much, the bow blouses are a wardrobe staple of mine 🙂

  16. Diana
    November 11, 2016 / 11:47 PM

    I love this whole outfit! The blouse is definitely my favorite. There is a DownEast store here in Salt Lake City, I will for sure be getting my holiday outfit from there.
    You look wonderful in the pleated skirt. The great thing about pleated skirts is that women of all ages can look awesome in them. I will look for one at DownEast as well. In a different color of course. 🙂
    Have a fantastic holiday season. I know you will look great the whole way through.

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:38 PM

      Thei HQ is in SLC! That is so awesome, I wish I could visit one of their storefronts. It’s such a great shop!

  17. November 12, 2016 / 12:51 AM

    I love the pussy bow blouse and those shoes! They shoes are so classic and I love the red color of your top.

    Cheers, J

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:37 PM

      Thank you Jenna, I really appreciate your comment!

  18. November 12, 2016 / 2:20 AM

    You look beautiful in red!! I love the blouse and your Mary Janes are perfect with this look!!????????????

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:37 PM

      Thank you so much Samantha! I love this blouse, it’s my new obsession!

  19. Bernadette
    November 12, 2016 / 11:46 AM

    Great outfit and it looks terrific on you!

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:35 PM

      Thank you so much!

  20. Anne
    November 12, 2016 / 1:19 PM

    Love it, and the Down East site has some fantastic finds. Thanks, Taylor!!!

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:34 PM

      They really have a great selection! Thanks for stopping by Anne 🙂

  21. Jonathan
    November 12, 2016 / 11:23 PM

    OMG Tay honey, that pleated skirt is the most adorable thing ever! I love the color coordinating too, soo pretty!

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:33 PM

      Thanks so much Jonathan!

  22. November 14, 2016 / 4:00 PM

    Girl, this holiday look is absolutely stunning!! What a great skirt and top combo! This is great inspiration as I start shopping for holiday party outfits!

    • tayloraube
      November 14, 2016 / 4:32 PM

      Thank you so much! I really do think it’s perfect for the holidays. It’s fancy, but still very fun 🙂

    • tayloraube
      November 15, 2016 / 1:56 PM

      Thank you so much Amy!

  23. November 18, 2016 / 7:13 PM

    You look beautiful Taylor! I love your crimson top, not only does it look great paired with your skirt. But the colour looks so pretty against your complexion. Love all your holiday tips too! Have a great weekend!

    xo, jackie

    • tayloraube
      November 18, 2016 / 8:36 PM

      Thank you so much Jackie, you are so sweet 🙂

    • tayloraube
      November 20, 2016 / 8:57 PM

      Thank you so much Kait 🙂

    • tayloraube
      November 22, 2016 / 2:06 PM

      Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m loving red right now 🙂

    • tayloraube
      November 22, 2016 / 2:00 PM

      Thank you so much! You are so sweet 🙂

    • tayloraube
      November 25, 2016 / 4:57 PM

      Than you so much! You are so nice 🙂

  24. December 22, 2016 / 5:33 AM

    You are so beautiful and I love how you styled this look!


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