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Valley: I sigh. I don’t know about you, but it seems like yesterday when we were preparing our closets for fall, more specifically, and ryan fall. But now that we’re firmly into December, there’s a new occasion to dress up, which brings me to today’s topic: the holiday season. What’s on your social calendar this year, Meg? Are you going out? Stay in? All previous?
Mega: Like most things in life, it’s about balance, at least in my opinion. This holiday season, I will have my cake and eat it too. By that I mean I’ll be partying and lazing in equal measure. This is life. However, I must confess that I really struggle with dressing for cold weather. It’s so hard not to feel shapeless in layers and bulky clothes. When it’s cold, I just want to live in sweats and leggings, but obviously that’s not always flattering. Unfortunately, my hopes have not yet been dashed. I’m holding out hope that this is the winter I finally find out. And you? Have you already planned and prepared your Christmas outfits?
Valley: Dare I say that I leave my wardrobe planning to the last minute in case of parties? This year’s NYE plans are currently up in the air, as are my outfits. My usual modus operandi for parties is an embellished version of what I would wear any day…and if I can get away with it, I will. Assuming I’m spending a cozy weekend in a cabin and by a fire with friends, watching The holidays“I’ll swap out the jeans for a pair of warm shorts and shimmery socks topped off with a sweater (I’m nothing without my winter knitwear) for an easy ensemble. To make it party-friendly, I’m going to focus on standout jewelry and the loveliest velvet. Mary Janes I’ve been obsessing all year: the Ballet slippers They double as slippers, too, so there’s that, too.
From spending the holidays with the family to ringing in the new year with friends, there are plenty of scenarios (and dress codes) for getting dressed. By the way, your birthday is coming up (!!)—tell me what you’re wearing, because I know that you, a Capricorn, are definitely think about it.
Mega: Gasp! you’re right, i to do There’s a birthday coming up, but even before that it’s New Year’s Day, baby. I’m planning a sleepover at home for New Year’s Eve to celebrate. Three cheers for welcoming 2023 comfortably! Like you, I too will be diving into my most comfortable pieces: my favorite yoga pants, the softest socks I’ve ever felt, and some proprietary knits are heavy in my rotation this season. I could throw on a pair of baggy jeans if I feel like dressing up. As any good partygoer knows, the key to low-key soirees at home is not to show up empty-handed. I recently received the most beautiful beaded bottle bag that fits wine, spirits, or even my 40 oz Hydro Flask. I think it will make the perfect accessory for a festive evening at a friend’s apartment, perhaps with a side of champagne and fondue.
Valley: Honestly, a fancy bottle holder might just be the hottest accessory for winter festivities. If you’re not used to bringing a bottle of wine as a hostess gift, bring that 40 oz bottle. Hydroflask! Thoughts of taking it for a spin on a night out? For a moment, glitzy water bottles (and holders) dotted the catwalks, so why not our nightlife? We need water this winter, either for the sake of our skin or for the sake of our liver.
Mega: Totally agree. Water is the way, and to answer your question, I’m all for playing the headline for a night on the town. However, I think his (dazzling) color scheme would clash with the party outfits I’ve planned, so I’ll probably wait until he starts rocking spring looks. But now I’m getting ahead of myself…
Holiday party edits are usually full of jewel tones and shiny metallics, which is not my pace. For my current social calendar, I’m focusing on finding new ways to elevate my tried-and-true, mostly black ensembles (okay, maybe I was a little inspired by Jenna Ortega Wednesday). Make no mistake about it, I’ll still make the most of a little sparkle here and there. As a fan of fine jewelry, I know you will appreciate this stunning diamond necklace I am looking at. And yes, this is essentially what I wear to my birthday party. Spoiler alert!
As for you, party girl Dale? As the clock strikes midnight and a new year approaches, what outfit will you wear under the glittering disco ball? (Suddenly, I am a poet).
Valley: In truth, the idea of being under a glittering disco ball couldn’t have appealed more to me. Disco Dale is the real me. But for now, Party Girl Dale, which, I admit, is a vibe, will do.
By the way, I’m all for an all-black ensemble as a go-to look, and yes, I’m so on this necklace (I’m a huge Dorsey fan too!). There’s always the tried-and-true staple of an LBD, just like yours, and that’s never going to go out of style (plus, you’ll always look good in whatever photos you look at, which is obviously a big factor). If I were to wear one this year, it would be an updated, modern version to shake things up.
This is New Year’s Eve, though, and I can’t help but take the opportunity of a big night to wear my edgier things, like an electric blue corset and matching pants. The final touches? Metallic platforms and a pair of earrings where the balls are literally drop, because there is always room to be on the theme of the night.
Speaking of topics, do you have any goals for 2023 worth sharing? I think the most important one could be to clean and organize my closet 😅.
Mega: Okay, so… on a scale of one to 10… how angry would you be if your New Year’s Eve outfit was stolen? I joke, I joke. In all seriousness, I think my biggest goal for the new year is to become better at time management, and that includes waking up at a consistent time every morning. I have my work cut out for me. On that note, I’ll manage my time right now and fire you. Until next time!
Dale Arden Chong is a Senior Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Previously, she was an editor at MensHealth.com and has written for Who What Wear, GLAMOUR, The Coveteur and more. She loves fashion, food, and art, among other things, but her biggest love is K-pop idol V from BTS.
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Meg Donohue is Associate Fashion Commerce Editor at ELLE.com. Her passions include spicy foods, sustainability and the new Y2K version of Charlie’s Angels. She will never stop hoping for a One Direction reunion tour.
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