Three Tips for How to Dress Up When It’s Cold + 40% off ModCloth Sale ENDS TODAY!

How to Dress Up In the Winter When It's Cold

Fancy holiday parties this time of year are fun, but it can be difficult to stay warm in pretty cocktail dresses!  Am I right?  I mean, I’m assuming that all parties are indoor and that no one is holding fancy holiday parties outdoors in the snow or downpour (if you’ve got one, sorry you’re on your own! :P).  But you’ve still gotta walk from your car to the party, and even indoor parties can be drafty and require more than the typical bare legs and bare arms that go with cocktail dresses.  If you’ve got fancy holiday parties this season, today’s post is for you.  I’m partnering with ModCloth to share a few tips for how to dress up when it’s cold!

Also, ModCloth is running their LAST huge sale of the year, and it ends TODAY!  You can get 40% off orders of $100+.  They have some amazing statement pieces that will be perfect for any special occasions you’ve got to attend this holiday season.  My favorites will be in a roundup at the very bottom of this post!


Black and Gold dress + Moto Jacket + Gold Clutch + tights + Black pumps Moto Jacket + Black and Gold Dress + Tights + Gold Necklace + Clutch Black and Gold Dress + Tights + Gold Clutch + Statement NecklaceTights + Pumps + Gold and Black Dress+ Statement Necklace

1. Wear a pretty dress with tights, a thin layer underneath, and a moto jacket or blazer over.
If you’re set to wear a cocktail dress, find one you can wear with tights.  The easiest way for me is to find a dress that works with my black moto jacket and black tights and black pumps or booties.  This black dress with metallic print is great for a sparkly holiday party or even for New Year’s Eve!  Shop all dresses HERE.  Maybe snag that ridiculously gorgeous embroidered dress I recently blogged about HERE for a Christmas event and the black one I’m wearing above for NYE and get 30% off! ? YESSSSS!

Shop the Outfit:
Dress (size M) | Similar Jacket | Similar TightsSimilar Shoes |  Similar Clutch


Navy top + plaid skirt + tights + heels Plaid skirt + navy top + statement necklacePlaid Holiday Skirt + Navy Top + Tights + Black Pumps

2. Wear a sweater dress or a sweater with a pretty, festive skirt.
Rather than a thin blouse with a skirt, stay a little warmer with a sweater.  You can wear a thin layer underneath the sweater, too.  Pair that with a festive skirt in a thicker material.  Even better?  Get a skirt that’s lined!

Below I’ve rounded up some sweaters and skirts you could pair together for a dressier look!

Shop the Outfit:
Sweater (size M) |  Skirt (size M) | Similar ShoesSimilar Tights | Similar Clutch


Shop Fancy Sweaters and Skirts:


Velvet Blazer + Velvet Pants + Floral Top + Statement Necklace + Gold Heels Velvet Pants + Velvet Blazer + Floral Top + Statement Necklace Floral top + Black Blazer + Velvet Pants + Gold Clutch + Statement Necklace Gold Clutch + Velvet Blazer + Velvet Pants + Floral TopVelvet Blazer + Black Pants + Floral Top + Statement NecklaceGold Clutch + Gold Heels + Black velvet pants + Velvet blazer Gold heels + Black Velvet Pants + Floral Top + Black Velvet Blazer

3. Wear thicker materials, like wool or velvet!
If you wanna stay warmer, go velvet!  The material is thicker but it’s got shine to it and makes everything look a little more luxurious.  Above I paired a fantastic velvet blazer with velvet pants.  This blazer is really, really soft and has some stretch, so it’s verrrryyy comfy to wear!  The pants also comfy with some stretch!  Both are ??.

I paired them with a gorgeous black floral print top which has pretty gold threads to elevate it.  The top is lined from just above the chest down–the only sheer parts are the collarbone and above and sleeves.  It runs a tad small.  I’m usually size medium but the shoulders fit a bit tight when I moved, so I sized up to L.  ModCloth now offers free return shipping, so you can order multiple sizes and easily return whichever doesn’t work out.  See the top and its pretty gold details HERE.

Lastly, all the gold accessories!  These sparkly gold peep toe heels have totally earned their spot in my closet since last year!

I LOVE this outfit as an option to wear pants to be dressed up and chic!

Fun note: Katie and the new PMT Executive Assistant Heather had a dressier event to attend.  We decked Heather out in this outfit but with jeans and a black moto jacket because she kept commenting how pretty this top was.  Then we dressed Katie in these velvet pants and THIS pretty teal top that Katie loved from my last post with ModCloth!  Katie said, “These pants are sooo good.  I love them.”  So fun!!!

Shop the Outfit:
Blazer (size M) | Top (size M) | Pants (size 6) | Shoes (size 40) | Similar Clutch


Shop More Velvet Pieces:

Hopefully this gives you some ideas for how you can dress up when it’s cold!  Have fun at those fancy events!



My ModCloth Favorites to Get for 40% Off!

Take advantage of their last huge sale of the year and snag some of my favorites!


Adorable Gifts from ModCloth

And if you’re looking for crazy cute gifts, check out some of these and add them to your cart for 30% off!  That aqua ceramic cheese plate is SO dang cute!  And Katie loved the cactus spoon rest and cactus stacking measuring cups!  The marble cheese plate is really chic and very sturdy.  Check out more adorable gifts below:

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