Dressy Casual Holiday Style | On the Daily EXPRESS

12/12/18

Dressy Casual Holiday Style

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Whenever I have reward dollars or gift cards to a favorite retailer, I can feel them burning a hole in my pocket. I have some friends who save them up or forget they exist altogether, but I can't say that happens to me! When I get an email about a reward I usually head straight to the retailer site to find a good way to put it to use. And that's how I ended up with this metallic moto jacket! I had a couple of Express rewards, and it didn't take long for me to browse around and decide this might be a fun piece for the holiday season. I certainly didn't need it, but I thought I could put it to good use anyway.

My pictures don't really do this jacket full justice because in person it has a metallic thread detail. It adds a nice subtle sparkle that I think makes it perfect for the holidays. I'm sure I'll wear it beyond the holidays for date night and other dressier events since doesn't have any distinctly holiday colors. It also has a lining, so although it's not a super warm coat, it's not a thin jacket either. One reviewer thought it ran big but I didn't find that to be the case. I'm wearing an XS, which is my normal size in Express jackets and it fits as I expected.

As for these LOFT zip detail pants, reviews on these all said they run small and order up one size. I followed that advice and ordered one size up (from what I normally wear at LOFT Express) since I'd rather have a little spare room than have them be uncomfortably snug. I think that was the right move since these are a stiffer material without a lot of stretch. Maybe I could have squeezed in to my normal size but I doubt I would enjoy wearing them much in that case! For what it's worth, I'm 5'4" and wearing the Regular Length on these. I will say I wouldn't mind if they were narrower in the ankle. With the way they're cut, I wasn't able to pair them with any ankle boots I tried. They ether have to be worn with shoes that expose the ankle or boots that come up over the hem. Or maybe sock booties that are fitted enough at the ankle to go under the pants? At any rate, just one of those things I didn't expect when ordering that I like to pass along to you all so you know what you're getting with any piece I recommend! And I do recommend these pants! They just require a little trial and error with shoe pairing.

This Rebecca Minkoff Bag is a great little crossbody size. It fits my small wallet + keys and has an exterior compartment for easy phone access. I got it during a recent Shopbop sale so it sold out quickly there, but it's still in stock at the RM site linked. If you want a killer deal on a Rebecca Minkoff bag (or Kate Spade or Tory Burch bag or any number of other brands!), Shopbop currently has 30% off all Sale items with code JOY18.
You can browse all the sale selections here or just the bags on sale here. I took a quick peek at the selections last night and saw plenty of bags that will be under $100 with the sale code!

Going back to my jacket, I had a couple of other ideas in mind for styling this piece for dressy-casual holiday events. I actually wore this exact outfit to two holiday gatherings last weekend (with different people)! But next time I want to switch it up and try option two or three depending on the event.
THREE: Jacket | Exact Dress in Black or Grey | Ankle Boots

The dress outfit is the most dressy of the three, but it's a knit/sweater dress material so it doesn't really feel that fancy. My color is a dark charcoal (sold out) but black, grey and more colors are still available. But the other two outfits are really just a t-shirt and jeans! It's the jacket and shoe choices that make it "dressy casual" to me - but still comfortable!

I don't have much more to say today since it's already been a busy week on the blog! If you missed Monday's post, I shared some updates on TV and movies I've enjoyed lately. And Tuesday was my monthly book reviews! Always one of my favorites in any given month! I also updated my menu bar up top (or the three horizontal bars under my blog name if you're on a mobile device) for convenient access to holiday content from gift ideas to outfits. So if you've got a little more time to kill, feel free to browse around any of those posts. Otherwise I'll see you back on Friday!


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26 comments:

  1. I think that was a cute jacket to use your rewards on :) I have that Rebecca Minkoff bag in a different colour and I love it! Such a cute bag! I've been trying to be good and avoid the shopbop sale on sale too, haha! I'll see how long I last!

    Hope that your week is going well so far :) It's my last day at work tomorrow before the Christmas holidays and I am so excited! :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Isn't that bag so great? It's the perfect crossbody size. I wouldn't mind having it in another color!

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  2. Great outfit Gina! I love a special detail like a little sparkle in a piece. It's nice that it's not just holiday wear either, the colors are nice and neutral as far as that's concerned. I have a tweed jacket with a sparkly thread in it and it's blue - haven't worn it much lately but this is a good reminder to pull it out. The zip pants are perfect with the moto jacket. I just finally ordered a pair of comfortable black pumps because I was noticing the same thing - some of my pants a weird length and finding the right shoe was a challenge! The week is flying by - hope yours is going well!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Okay, glad to know I'm not alone with this pants/hem issue! I just ordered a pair of shooties to try for exactly this pants issue in colder months. Fingers crossed that they work out!

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  3. Looking for great deals on fashion womens dresses in USA, then Wangaya International Store is one of the best choices for you.

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  4. What a great jacket! I love that it's festive but isn't limited strictly to the holidays! Those pants are really cute with the zipper details!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  5. Phenomenal jacket, I bet it is even more spectacular in person. You were made to wear and style it so sweetly! Happy Wednesday gorgeous! xo

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  6. I have an Express reward burning a hole in my pocket right now, and now I need that jacket! Perfect for the holidays <3
    Green Fashionista

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    1. Oh you'll love it! It's perfect for the holidays and beyond!

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  7. I'm right there with you- I can literally FEEL the gift cards calling me from my wallet/inbox! Haha. I love this jacket, lady- suuuuch a killer piece!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Glad to know I'm not alone in that! Those rewards are MEANT to be used immediately! LOL!

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  8. That's a really cute jacket and yes, very versatile. I'm thinking you could add so many different tops under it. I also really like that dress. I keep buying (and returning) the Leith dress from Nordstrom that is part of the "blogger code" apparently, but it's just too form fitting for my body. I'm thinking this one might be just a tad more forgiving? What do you think? You are such a tiny little thing and cute as a button!!! XO

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    1. I actually haven't tried the Leith dress! (Though I do know exactly which one you're talking about!) So I cannot directly compare them, but if that's a "hugging" type of dress, this a softer curve-fitting dress, but it doesn't hug you in. It's stretchy and comfy, but it's still fitted so I'm not sure if I would call it "forgiving" because it may still feel revealing unless you're wearing spanx or a shaping garment underneath. Sorry, I know that's not the most direct yes/no answer but I hope it helps a little!

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  9. I enjoyed your informative blog post today. Actually, I am from those people who forget about express reward.Just now I realized I have 3 rewards and I need to use them SO i am totally considering this jacket since but I am worried it will look short on my torso since I wear XS as you do in tops. I will see if I can find it in-store before I buy :). Thanks for reminding me of the rewards OPSS
    www.chez-rama.com

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  10. That jacket is stunning and right up my alley colour-wise!

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  11. That jacket is fabulous! You know I love a moto jacket and this one is perfect for dressing up for the holidays and beyond! Great choice :)

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    1. Thank you Noelle! I love your burgundy moto jacket too!

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  12. That jacket was a great way to use your rewards! It's fun and festive, but still appropriate after the holidays. The gold zippers on your pants really adds to the metallic touches!

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    1. Thanks Laura! And just in case anyone else sees this - to be clear the zippers are actually silver. Must be the lighting making them look gold! :)

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  13. Gina, this is a super sassy look! I love it! The tweed jacket is amazing and I love the zipper details on your jeans!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  14. What a fabulous coat! So chic and classy! My favourite is with the black pants and black pumps <3

    Amanda xo
    http://www.ontothenextpaige.ca

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