Story and Styling by Jessica Clem-McClaren, Sarah Lorsung Tvrdik, Jessica Stensrud and Eric Stoakes

Photos by Jason McClaren

Come December each year thoughts of snowflakes, hot toddies and of course, what to wear to each of the important events you have coming this holiday season start flooding in. From casual game nights at home with the family to glamorous celebrations counting down to the new year, four of our favorite local boutiques and salons are here to help you plan your looks from updo to glittering stiletto.

The Reader thanks the employees of Scout: Dry Goods & Trade, Goodwill Reserve, Piper and Roots & Wings along with stylists from Halo Studios, BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing, Stephen’s Hair Studio and Seven Salon for helping piece together these delightful holiday looks. Toss aside those ugly holiday sweaters and cozy up with the Reader’s Guide to Holiday Style.

Dazzling Dinner Party

No longer do dinner party events need to bring fears of black and grey for ensemble choices. Brighten up your look with luminous earth tones and pops of pastel. As the season change beat the winter doldrums with color and vintage flair. Model Katlin Peterson, wears a collection of vintage and modern pieces from Dundee-based Scout Dry Good & Trade. Color blocking with classic basics such as a cardigan and flawless heels reflect style and class for any occasion. For a complete look, Halo stylist Brittany Novotny styled cascading curls to bring depth and a stunning feminine edge to the outfit. Irresistible accessories give further freedom to the look, a soft pink clutch with a brush of sparkle reflect light and turn heads. A Kate Spade necklace finds new life as a bracelet, local jewelry designer Viviana Bermudez of Vibelo Designs brings an edge with a chunky purple ring. It’s all in the details with this fabulous look.

Clothing and Accessories provided by Scout: Dry Goods & Trade located at 5019 Underwood Avenue. Visit or call 402.964.2270 for more information.

Hair and Makeup by Brittany Novotny of Halo Studios located at 5011 Underwood Avenue. Visit or call 402.505.6633 to make an appointment.

Model: Katlin Peterson

Glam New Year’s Eve

For most, opulent events calling for pearls, gowns and elbow-length gloves are few and far between. But that’s what makes them so memorable, worthy of putting on a little extra ritz. Model Caitlin Hochwender wears a mix of vintage and second-hand items from Omaha’s own Goodwill Reserve, located in the heart of the Old Market district. Faux fur detailing on this vintage gown gives the look a ’60s flair, made complete with silky gloves no doubt worn for a formal affair of years past. Vintage accessories and gently worn d’Orsay heels from designer Jessica Simpson complete this classically styled ensemble, which retails in entirety for just under $100 total before tax. Stylist Rebecca Forsyth of Bungalow/8 Hairdressing styled our model’s hair into polished curls and finished off the look with a dramatic cat eye, thick, dark lashes and brilliant pink lips.

Clothing and Accessories provided by Goodwill Reserve located at 501 South 13th Street. Visit or call 402.342.4102 for more information.

Hair and Makeup by Rebecca Forsyth of BUNGALOW/8 Hairdressing located at 1120 South 105th Street. Visit or call 402.934.8727 to make an appointment.

Model: Caitlin Hochwender

Festive Office Party

Depending on where you work, it can be difficult to know what to wear to a holiday office party. It’s one of the few times where you can finally ditch the work wear and step out into something that showcases your inner fashionista. But how do you remain professional without being too conservative? Keep the hair and makeup simple, first of all. If you want statement lips, like a bold red or deep berry, take it easy on the eyes. And vice-versa: a smoky eye is gorgeous but pair it with a nude lip. Try a hairdo that’s elegant, not fussy. A classic chignon is always great, as is a long side braid with lose curls.

Once you have the hair and makeup down, you’re ready for a holiday dress or a skirt and blouse combo. If you decide on a dress with embellishments, use minimal accessories. Let the dress stand on its own. A classic black blazer is always a great layering piece, especially a cropped or velvet one for the evening. Another great alternative is a kimono bed jacket with simple beading. If you opt for a skirt, go the way of the pencil skirt. It’s versatile and can be worn high-waisted with a blouse tucked in. The flowiness of the top will contrast nicely with the slim silhouette of the skirt.  A skirt with some piping or mixed materials such as velvet or leather can add a twist to a classic piece. If you go for a simple skirt, feel free to go for a sparkly, embellished blouse or knit top. Never do both.

As far as accessories go, have fun but don’t go overboard. Stick with one statement piece. Don’t wear the highest heels you own; instead, try some wedges. They’re on-point with trends, plus they’re so much more stable and comfortable than heels. Remember to have fun with this look – it’s your night to show off some serious sartorial skills!

Clothing and Accessories provided by Piper located at 10319 Pacific Street. Visit or call 402.932.7001 for more information.

Hair and Makeup by Steve Stensrud and Amy Polinko of Stephen’s Hair Studio located at 405 North 115th Street. Visit or call 402.861.0020 to make an appointment.

Models: Nicole Keimig and Gwyneth Talley

Cozy Christmas Vacation

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Clothing and Accessories provided by Roots & Wings located at 8712 Pacific Street. Visit or call 402.504.4700 for more information.

Hair and Makeup by XXX of Seven Salon located at 3117 North 120th Street. Visit or call 402.934.2177 to make an appointment.

Models: XXX

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