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Five Fabulous Steps to Achieve the Perfect Holiday Style

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!


  • Ruthie/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

      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!

  • maria/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

      Thanks so much, it’s the perfect brand!

  • Nicole Leffew/ 11.11.2016Reply

    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/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

  • Kristin/ 11.11.2016Reply

    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/ 11.11.2016Reply

      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!

  • Nataly/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

      Thanks Nataly! I really do love this look.

  • Jessica/ 11.11.2016Reply

    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/ 11.11.2016Reply

      Shop away girlfriend! They have such a cute selection!

  • Shannon/ 11.11.2016Reply

    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/ 11.11.2016Reply

      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

  • Katerain/ 11.11.2016Reply

    That outfit is so beautiful and perfect for the holiday season! These are such great tips my friend!
    Thanks for sharing love,
    Kat |

    • tayloraube/ 15.11.2016Reply

      Thank you so much, you are so sweet!

  • Amanda | The Golden Girl Diary/ 11.11.2016Reply

    I love this outfit! You’re style is AMAZING!

    xo, Amanda |

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

      Thank you Amanda!! 🙂

  • Mariam/ 11.11.2016Reply

    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/ 11.11.2016Reply

      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!

  • Kelsey/ 11.11.2016Reply

    I love all of these tips- so true!! This is such a cute holiday outfit!

    xo Kelsey |

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

  • Lauren/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

    By Lauren M

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

  • Leah/ 11.11.2016Reply

    Completely obsessed with this look! That skirt is to die for and you styled it perfectly!

    xx Leah /

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

  • Victoria/ 11.11.2016Reply

    i love this holiday look! and your tips are on point!!


    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

      Thanks so much Victoria!

  • sarah lindner/ 11.11.2016Reply

    Love how you styled that skirt! Looking gorg girl!

    Sarah Lindner

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

  • Aly/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 14.11.2016Reply

      Thanks so much Aly, you’re so sweet!

  • Brittani/ 11.11.2016Reply

    We’re traveling for the holidays so I have to plan my outfits out early so I can pack. These tips are super helpful!


    • tayloraube/ 14.11.2016Reply

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

  • 11.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

  • Amanda/ 11.11.2016Reply

    I love that shirt <3

    • tayloraube/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

  • Anna/ 11.11.2016Reply

    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/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

  • Jen/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 14.11.2016Reply

      Thank you Jen, so glad you think so.

  • Ashley/ 11.11.2016Reply

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

    xo Ashley

    • tayloraube/ 14.11.2016Reply

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

  • Diana/ 11.11.2016Reply

    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/ 14.11.2016Reply

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

  • Jenna/ 12.11.2016Reply

    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/ 14.11.2016Reply

      Thank you Jenna, I really appreciate your comment!

  • Samantha/ 12.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 14.11.2016Reply

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

  • Bernadette/ 12.11.2016Reply

    Great outfit and it looks terrific on you!

    • tayloraube/ 14.11.2016Reply

      Thank you so much!

  • Anne/ 12.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 14.11.2016Reply

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

  • Jonathan/ 12.11.2016Reply

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

    • tayloraube/ 14.11.2016Reply

      Thanks so much Jonathan!

  • Elizabeth/ 14.11.2016Reply

    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/ 14.11.2016Reply

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

  • Amy/ 15.11.2016Reply

    This is such a cute look! Love your tips and loving that pleated skirt!


    • tayloraube/ 15.11.2016Reply

      Thank you so much Amy!

  • Jackie/ 18.11.2016Reply

    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/ 18.11.2016Reply

      Thank you so much Jackie, you are so sweet 🙂

  • Kait Elizabeth/ 20.11.2016Reply

    This red is so good on you babe!!!! I love all your tips too- I’m going to have to try some holiday nails soon. Hugs, Kait

    • tayloraube/ 20.11.2016Reply

      Thank you so much Kait 🙂

  • Cinzia Satta/ 21.11.2016Reply

    A holiday style really beautiful. Also I love this type of shirt , this crimson color is fab! Your tips are absolutely helpful!

    • tayloraube/ 22.11.2016Reply

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

  • Amy/ 21.11.2016Reply

    You look perfectly holiday! I love those shoes!
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

    • tayloraube/ 22.11.2016Reply

      Thank you so much! You are so sweet 🙂

  • Courtney Bentley/ 23.11.2016Reply

    I need to get shopping you always put together the most gorgeous outfits! I love the flow of this skirt!
    Courtney Bentley ||

    • tayloraube/ 25.11.2016Reply

      Than you so much! You are so nice 🙂

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  • Nikki/ 22.12.2016Reply

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


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