The lights. The costumes. The music. The magic. The Season would not be the same without Sugarplums dancing in our heads to the ever popular Nutcracker tunes. This week, we focus on the iconic Nutcracker ballet seen continuously on stage every year throughout the world since 1892. Though not all of us can be as graceful as a ballerina, this week we focus on fashion inspired by this beautiful holiday classic. Whether you go see “The Nutcracker” ballet at the theater or only dance to the music in your head, you’ll feel a part of this holiday tradition with our top picks based on the iconic characters from the story.
Fight off the winter chill and emulate the ballet’s hero in a chic military-style jacket, snug leggings, and knee high boots. From DSquared2 to Rag and Bone, military jackets are one of this Season’s trendiest coats of choice. We like Hale Bob’s taupe beaded stretch Ponte jacket paired with grey ultra suede leggings and suede knee high boots from Sole Society. Switch up your look by changing the color of your pants each day from red suede, to winter ivory, to chocolate brown. If you prefer dresses over pants, you’ll look smashing in Hale Bob’s black long sleeve silk jersey wrap dress accessorized with chic slouchy ankle booties from Vince Camuto or classic shiny black knee highs from Franco Sarto. You are sure to win this holiday Season in a outfit inspired by the iconic star of “The Nutcracker” ballet.
Like Clara, the heroine of the story, you will shine like a star in a luscious blush pink maxi dress this Season. Rather than go with traditional red and white, wow your “audience” in style with one of this year’s most popular colors. We love Liberty Garden’s pale pink embroidered cami crinkle maxi dress paired with matching delicate heels from Betsey Johnson and a “Nutcracker” themed handbag. Top with a warm grey cashmere sweater from Tibi, perfect for the chilly theater or a cold winter night. For true “ballet” fashion, go with ballerina flats from Steve Madden and a cozy ballerina wrap sweater from Diane von Furstenberg, perfect for any holiday occasion.
Entertain your guests this year with an outfit inspired by the “Party children’s” favorite gift from Uncle Drosselmeyer. Look for colorful geometric patterns on blouses, skirts, and dresses to dazzle in style at your next holiday party or event. We like Hale Bob’s black and blue printed crepe de chine shift dress paired with warm black tights and black booties from Topshop. On dressier occasions, whip your hair into a topknot, swipe on a splash of cherry red lip tint and top with Eileen Fisher’s cozy velvet stole, embellished heels from Badgley Mischka, and a sparkling silver clutch from Rebecca Minkoff. Forgo the dress and try Vince Camuto’s soft pastel colored geometric print sweater paired with your favorite jeans on casual winter days. However you choose to style, try the “ballerina doll’s” geometric patterns this Season.
Spice up your holiday style this in a fiery red look inspired by “The Nutcracker’s” Spanish hot chocolate. From dresses, to blouses, to pants, to shoes, brighten up your wardrobe this year with one of the Season’s favorite color schemes. We like Hale Bob’s long sleeve red lace dress with peplum topped with black patent leather pumps from Charles David, a velvet black clutch from Claire V, and accessorized with a handmade red rose hairpiece. We also like Hale Bob’s elegant red stretch silk Charmeuse gown perfect for a night at the ballet, or go with Michael Kors’ red fringed cowl neck sweater paired with your favorite jeans for easy, everyday style. However you choose to style, add a pop of “Spanish” red to your wardrobe this winter.
Bring a touch of the Orient to your holidays with an outfit inspired by “The Nutcracker’s” Chinese Tea. Start with Hale Bob’s cute cropped floral pants in pink or mint paired with Liberty Garden’s pink “tattered” long sleeve shirt or go with a trendy mixed pattern style in A.P.C.’s striped tee and Ralph Lauren’s bright burnt orange overcoat as featured above. For your next holiday party event, we like Dosa’s “Chinese”inspired tunic dress paired with Chinese Laundry’s “ballerina” embellished flats and pearl clutch from Badgley Mischka. Brew a hot green tea and spread holiday cheer this Season in your “Oriental” style fashion.
Like “The Nutcracker’s” Arabian Princess, bring an air of mystery and romance to your holiday Season this year. Start with Hale Bob’s wide leg crepe de chine pants in blue or grey and top with a blue beaded silk blouse with dolman sleeves. On casual days, go with Liberty Garden’s grey quilted jogger pants paired with the black long sleeve shirt with mesh inserts and embellished pointy toes flats from Kristin Cavallari. Sparkle in gold, Arabia’s favorite metal, at your next holiday party in Hale Bob’s gold sequined sleeveless dress accessorized with ankle strap heels from Betsey Johnson, gold box clutch from Moschino, and a spritz of spice from Marc Jacobs’ Decadence fragrance.
As mentioned in last week’s “Holiday Party Trends,” floral is trending for Winter 2015 and what better way to usher in a hint of warm Spring air than with a lovely floral pattern dress a la “Waltz of the Flowers.” We like Hale Bob’s coral knit maxi length dress paired with black open toed pumps from Kate Spade and a matching black leather jacket to protect against Winter’s chilly weather. Or keep to the Season’s warmer colors in Hale Bob’s purple rushed floral wrap dress accessorized with black suede booties from Tory Burch and an embellished floral stone cascade necklace from BCBGMAXAZRIA. Get ahead on the Spring trend and surprise with floral at your next holiday gathering or event. You’ll be “waltzing” down the streets in style.
Whether you favor Clara’s pink dress, or The Prince’s military jacket, or Spanish’s fiery red, or the Flower’s floral pattern, you can bring a touch of “The Nutcracker” to your winter wardrobe this Season. If you get a chance, attend your local ballet school’s annual production this year and donate to the live arts. You don’t have to be a dancer to be a part of the loveliness of the art form. Channel your inner ballerina dreams this Season, choose your favorite inspiring character, and twirl in style at your next holiday gathering.