Dec 1, 2023

Shine Bright

Shopping list: Celebrate the season in a schoolgirl vibe in this Kelly-green sweater and bow skirt paired with a fun jeweled headband. Sweater by Suncoo, $142, and skirt by FARM Rio, $145.

Just in time for seasonal celebrations, velvet, feathers, shimmer, plaids, faux fur and vibrant saturated hues are taking center stage.

“Holiday 2023 trends have focused on ‘metallica’ — shimmer and shine are in for the season, whether it be metallic fabrics and finishes or a lurex thread — definitely a sparkle moment,” said Katy Nagel, owner of Gray Boutique in downtown Pensacola.

Shopping list: Classic yet edgy! The ruffle adds a festive surprise element to this black bodysuit by Mable, $56, teamed with perfect wide-leg black pants by Elan, $108.
Take a new twist on festive holiday hues in stunning saturated purple – less-is-more style in monochromatic magic. Top and skirt both by Rails; top, $152, and skirt, $192.

For the holidays and beyond, look for statement sleeves.

“Puffy, ruffles, mutton, all of the exaggerated styles are still on trend,” Nagel said.

“Plaids are back — classic, tartan, black watch and houndstooth,” noted Nagel. “Animal prints are making a comeback with a metallic twist and heavier focus on zebra.”

Wider is still where it’s at when it comes to pants, said Nagel: “Oversized and relaxed, wide leg everything — crops, jeans, trousers and jumpsuits.”

Slip dresses are making a comeback as are corset-style tops and dresses.

After seasons of gold jewelry dominance, welcome back silver! Belts are big. Look for statement earrings, layered necklaces with charms and embellished hair accessories like bows, headbands and jeweled barrettes.

For cozy days at home — or holiday errands — embrace comfy, stylish, elevated athleisure.

Shopping list: Wear this stunning neutral outfit everywhere this winter! Vest by Rails, $276; bodysuit by Commando, $120; pants by Citizens of Humanity, $243.

Madelyn Champion

Shopping list: An understated menagerie! Animal print is practically a neutral and is beyond sophisticated in this button-down midi dress by Suncoo, $238. Pair with a neutral clutch featuring anything-but-neutral gold giraffes.

While she loves beach days and sunsets as well as trips to the dog park with her German Shepherd, days at home relaxing with pets are some of December model Madelyn Champion’s favorites.

“What home to me means is a place where you are comfortable with friends, family and pets,” said the University of West Florida graduate who works in property management while pursuing a master’s degree. “My favorite ways to relax include snuggling up with my pets and watching movies with them or baking a tasty treat.”

Holidays are typically spent with her grandparents who live nearby in Santa Rosa Beach, feasting and exchanging gifts. Oh, and loving on her black German Shepherd Kaia and tabby cat Hot Dog!

Pilates, running and painting are among Champion’s hobbies. While athleisure wear is a versatile everyday clothing option, ’90s grunge and minimalist chic are also in Champion’s repertoire.