Christmas looks different this year for all of us. I cannot remember the last time my extended family of 24 didn’t congregate to do grab bag and eat my aunt’s mac and cheese on Christmas Eve. This year will be the first. It hurts thinking about yet another celebration Covid stripped of us, but I remind myself I am fortunate enough to be with my immediate family over the holiday, a luxury many cannot manage in the given state. As opposed to previous years, where preparation began months in advance, very little thought has been put into this year’s rendition. I have taken it upon myself to take matters into my own hands. After extensive research, we will be ordering takeout from a struggling restaurant in Chicago, our pies from one of my favorite gluten free bakeries and to-go cocktails from a carefully curated list of the city’s best mixologists. All of this in an effort to do our part in pumping vitality back into the community. It’s often frowned upon in my family to order on Christmas and evade the classic home cooking ceremony. But we’ve thrown our consideration for self-judgement to the wind. The day before Christmas, I will be skirting around town, accumulating the various components to properly commemorate the day. And in true Katie Karmin fashion, I will be mandating my entire family to dress accordingly. It will certainly be a struggle to convince my father (a robe and slippers addict) to adhere, but reminding him that this year simply requires a little more effort on each of our parts to adopt the holiday spirit is a start. In case you are in need of some outfit inspiration, retail therapy or a taste of the energy I hope to cultivate, I have started my own rough draft of the looks I will be choosing from.
The tan lady print slip paired over the Gigi turtleneck hones in on the optimal seasonal color palette. I could pair this look with sneakers, or even my shearling slippers. The dress is roomy, but still holds structure, offering adequate room to waft while not feeling swallowed by the fabric.
This is for all of you enjoying the holiday with a significant other (but also more power to ya if you choose this one for dinner with the fam). This number is in a word, sexy. Whimsy and Row, time and time again, proves their ability to create a slip number for ALL body types. The slip is sultry but sweet, with the halter neck, the deep midnight shine and the way it clings to the figure.
The mini skirt of my dreams. The zip detail in the center adds some spunk, but it's strictly business with the rest from the high waist that invites any shirt to be tucked into and its universally flattering grazing of the mid thigh. Paired with my knee high boots and some chunky gold jewelry, this look reminds me that basics are sometimes the trendiest.
Sigh, the most romantic little red dress you ever did see. This dress demands the kind of dinner with mini candles, chocolate candies in dainty bowls, and soulful music whispering in the background. If this isn’t your vibe, pair with white sneakers to achieve a cheery but laid back look.