The Minimalist’s Guide to Mastering Holiday Season Style

There’s no shame against a full sequin gown or embellished party suit, but there’s more than one way to dazzle this holiday season. Leave the shimmer and shine to your accessories this December, and keep your partywear on the more understated side for a more minimalist look. Of course, we won’t rule sparkle out completely; take Altuzarra’s maxi skirt and turtleneck shirt set as the prime example. A deep gold Lurex is striking yet still subtle. 

One rule of thumb to keep in mind is following the expected color palette of the minimalist wardrobe: Neutrals, ivories, and of course, black. However, do explore marvelous textures like sumptuous draped or gathered silk, delicate lace, and rich velvets. The combination of the two in a sleek silhouette, say a one-shoulder gown or a wide-neck minidress, makes for an exceptional eveningwear look. In fact, a pair of satin trousers, a velvet tuxedo, a lace-trimmed camisole, or scrunched silk skirt have absolutely no ounce of sparkle but will be just as mesmerizing.

Adding accessories, however, is one way bring in the holiday spirit to your look in a less obvious way. For example, Totême’s pearl ankle-strap pumps or Khaite’s gold hardware clasped clutch both feel festive in their own way. As does a pair of tiny emerald drop earrings or pearl collar necklace.

Find everything you’ll need to master holiday season style the minimalist way, below.

Refined Ready-to-Wear

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Totême Dupioni midi dress

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Saint Laurent silk-satin maxi dress

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Stella McCartney embellished maxi dress

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Zara open-back sequin knit dress

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Esse Studios one-sleeve Cady maxi dress


Raey Lace-trimmed silk-satin cami top


Ganni velvet flared-leg trousers

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Tove Naomi twisted silk tank

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The Row Azelia silk-blend velvet maxi skirt

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Mango Sujetador Brrillantes bra

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St. Agni low-waist pencil skirt

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Vince velvet paneled slip skirt

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Totême gathered duchesse-satin top

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Cefinn Jules cotton-velvet jacket

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Cefinn Taylor velvet wide-leg pants

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Khaite Maddy sweetheart-neck ribbed-knit top

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Attersee soft cowl neck dress

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Attersee tailored trousers

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Altuzarra Melitta sequinned-knit sweater

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Altuzarra Dione sequinned-knit midi skirt

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Asceno London velvet pajama top

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Asceno high-rise straight-leg velvet pants

Fancy Footwear 

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Neous Toliman ankle-strap pumps

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Gucci Demi 35 GG-crystal pumps

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Manolo Blahnik Maysale 10 jewel mules

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Vibi Venezia velvet Mary Jane flats

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Khaite Seville d’Orsay patent-leather pumps

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Jimmy Choo Saeda crystal flats

Elegant Evening Bags

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Savette Symmetry 19 leather shoulder bag

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Loewe Flamenco metallic clutch bag

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Saint Laurent envelope patent-leather clutch bag

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Khaite Lilith evening bag

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J.Crew Florence convertible clutch

Extraordinary Subtleties 

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Bottega Veneta drop earrings

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Beaufille white pearl perennial necklace

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Dorsey James white sapphire gold riviere bracelet

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Roxanne Assoulin cubic zirconia and gold-plated earrings

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Completedworks graduated crystal and gold-vermeil drop earrings

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Laura Lombardi Spira gold-tone hoop earrings