Dressing Up Winter Style

Kuzak's Closet Winter Looks

This time of year is so busy that I often forget about all of the fun holiday parties I get to attend. Some with clients, some with friends, and others for my husband’s job. In year’s past I would settle for a single holiday look but this year I decided to be proactive and put a few looks together with help from my friend and Kuzak’s Closet marketing gal Monica. My experience shopping with Stitch Fix helped me to realize it is important to add a few key pieces to your wardrobe each season and then snap some photos to see how I look.

This year I will be attending two holiday parties at Google, dinners with friends, a festive lunch, Christmas church service, and a New Year’s wedding for my friend Wheels in Michigan. The looks I am sharing today have helped me decide what to wear to each event and also (hopefully) inspire some of your holiday looks! I am not a model, just a regular girl next door with some chub so don’t judge me too harshly, HA!

This first look I’m sharing could be worn for a holiday lunch, winter conference, or work presentation. I bought this dress at Nordstrom and it is so comfortable. I think it will become a staple to my wardrobe! The fabric is a stretchy cotton blend so it will work well if I travel. I have paired it with my favorite black and white pump and over-sized handbag in this photo. I could see it paired with boots, a fun scarf, or even flats.

Kuzak's Closet Work Look

Tips from Monica …

Winter Work Look

A little black dress (LBD) is an effortless winter work option. Black is always slimming and never goes out of style. The key to buying the right LBD is picking the perfect silhouette for your body shape. I personally love sheath dresses. They elongate well and are structured but not fitted. A head-to-toe black and white ensemble is a classic look. For a current spin, play with textures, fabrics and jeweled details. This outfit is ideal for a speaking engagement or a client meeting.

 SHOP FOR THE LOOK HERE: Dress, Pumps, BanglePurse 

Kuzak's Closet Winter Work Look

This next dress is from TJMaxx. Monica picked it up for me for a bargain price of $24.99. Yes, it is just as comfortable as it looks! I love the quilting and the color, you know I love turquoise! I’ve paired it with patterned pumps and my favorite fall Tory Burch tote. I think it would also pair well will with chocolate tights and tall riding boots. A colorful scarf or large earrings might work as well! I am planning to take this dress home to Michigan with me over the holidays to wear at a family get together.

Kuzak's Closet Weekend Day Look

Tips from Monica …

Winter Weekend Daytime Look

With friends and family coming into town for the holidays, weekend brunch dates are certain to come-up. Play up your look by mixing and matching color and print. A staple seasonal print is leopard. Leopard print has practically become a “neutral” shade, and has been named “the new black” by many top fashion bloggers. For an en trend ensemble, pair this print with jeweled-tone colors such as oxblood and emerald. This outfit is ideal for holiday brunch or happy hour.

SHOP FOR THE LOOK HERE: Dress, Purse, Belt, Pumps

Kuzak's Closet Winter Weekend Look

This next looks is completely from TJ Maxx! Monica picked up the velvet Vineyard Vines cropped pants, lace top by Cynthia Rowley, and the faux fur vest for under $100. When she originally showed it to me I was a little suspect but once I got it on I really felt comfortable and put together. I’m headed to the Los Altos Country Club for dinner with a friend next week and I think this will be the perfect look. It’s comfortable, sophisticated and professional. I’ve been wanting to try faux fur because it is so hot this season. What you can’t see in this look is that the vest is only fur in the front, the back is a sweater material. I’ve added a pop of color with a fun handbag that has been lingering in my closet.

Kuzak's Closet Weekend Night Look

Tips from Monica …

Winter Weekend Evening Look

Nothing screams winter like fur. Consider infusing edgy details, like fur, for a night out on the town. One option is to invest in a designer faux fur vest. For a budget friendly alternative, shop for a jacket or cape with a fur collar. Pair your fur accessory with a black skinny pant, completing a simple yet sophisticated look. This outfit is ideal for cocktails with the girls or date night.

SHOP FOR THE LOOK HERE: Vest, Shirt, Pants, Pump, Purse

Kuzak's Closet Weekend Night Look

I’ve already worn this look to a party this holiday and I love it! Last weekend we went to a Google finance party in Mountain View and I wore this style head-to-toe. I received a ton of compliments on the dress, I think the color really stood out. I paired it with a simple pair of pumps but I could probably dress it up with a pair of gold strappy heels. I also got a chance to use my new Kate Spade pink clutch that I bought at our fall event at Santana Row. I bought this dress at Nordstrom, it’s Tadashi and I love the fit.

Kuzak's Closet Special Occassion Day Look

Tips from Monica …

Winter Special Occasion Daytime Look

Lace is a great fabric choice for a formal winter occasion. When shopping for lace pay attention to the cut. As a skirt or a dress, a lace ensemble should be sultry not over-the-top sexy. A low neckline or a high hem can really make or break this look. Stick with pieces in classic cuts instead, using modern color choices to make the outfit pop. This look is ideal for a wedding or holiday dinner party.

SHOP FOR THE LOOK HERE: Dress, Heels, Purse


When I was shopping at Nordstrom I asked my sales person to tell me her favorite dress in the store at the moment. She quickly pointed me in the direction of this Ralph Lauren number. It comes in black and gold but I was drawn to the navy. I love the neckline and the sequins, you know I love a little sparkle! I’m not much for accessories so the glitz really makes this look. I’m planning to wear this to this weekend’s Google Privacy party and to my friend Wheel’s wedding. I think it will be a piece in my closet that I can wear again and again.

Kuzak's Closet Special Occassion Night Look

Tips from Monica …

Winter Special Occasion Evening Look 

The holidays are not complete without a little sparkle. For a statement look, shop for a sequined dress, highlighting it with metallic accessories. Incorporating sequins into any ensemble is all about sticking to neutral colors. Sequin pieces in bright hues can easily start to look cheap or worse, tacky. For a sophisticated shimmery look, blue and black sequins are fool-proof. This outfit is ideal for a holiday party or New Years Eve event.

 SHOP FOR THE LOOK HERE: Dress, Heels, Purse

Kuzak's Closet Winter Wedding LookFor more style tips make sure to check out our Kate Spade Style Feature and our Layering Style 101 guide!

I am eager to hear your opinions about the looks we’ve shared today! Let me know your favorites and also what you might be wearing to events this holiday season!

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