Gelt and Belts: How to Dress Comfortably for 8 Days of Hanukkah

Gelt and Belts: How to Dress Comfortably for 8 Days of Hanukkah

Get ready for the best Hanukkah celebrations this year. Whether you're staying at home all eight days or have plans to visit family and friends, head into the holiday with the best style tips and outfits. The most important thing to keep in mind is that you'll be enjoying a lot of good food and sweet treats, so we've got some ideas on how to dress comfortably for each day.

Keep it Light

Hanukkah is one of the most joyful celebrations of the year. It is also called the Festival of Lights, so let that idea guide you as you're planning your outfits. You don't want to feel too stuffy (or too stuffed), so choose lightweight fabrics like cotton or poly blends for a super cozy and comfy feel no matter how many extra bites you take. You can even go for a sleeveless or short-sleeved top and pair it with a classic women's cashmere cardigan to add some flexibility, texture, and depth to your outfit.

Veer away from dark or monotone color palettes and go bold this year with bright colors or fun patterns. Colors like blues, cream, silver, and gold are the traditional colors of Hanukkah, but anything that makes you feel comfortable and chic will be the right choice for you. You can add pops of color or patterns in your clothes, shoes, and handbag choices, as well as with accessories like earrings, necklaces, and hair ties.

Dress It Up

Even if you're not going to any lavish parties this year, it's still so satisfying to dress up and make your holiday dinners feel even more meaningful. Take this opportunity to explore your closet and pull out those special pieces you keep meaning to wear; maybe there’s something you can show off during the week of Hanukkah. Dresses will always make effortless, easy, and exciting outfits for Hanukkah. If you choose the right cut, you can indulge all eight days and still feel like a rock star.

Wrap dresses are perfect for creating a seamless silhouette and offer tons of room for adjustment as the night goes on and the meals continue. Another incredibly flattering option is the fit and flare dress, which falls gracefully and gives you plenty of opportunities to twirl as you celebrate. Either of these dresses also looks great with any shoe option, from heels to wedges to cute flats. Just be sure to pick a pair you'll feel comfortable in when sitting at the table, playing dreidel with the kids, and mingling with friends.

Mix It Up

If you have a mix of formal and casual parties to attend, you have endless options to play around with as you plan your outfits. An elegant cashmere turtleneck paired with a knee-length skirt is a great look for a visit with family. If you know you'll be taking an after-dinner walk, be sure to wear a warm pair of tights or stockings for cozy protection from the cold night air. Accessorize your top with a bauble necklace for added flair, or keep it subtle with stud earrings or small hoops.

For more casual gatherings, always go for cute comfort. Chic, comfy pants paired with a blouse is an easy and sophisticated outfit to put together. You can always take it up a notch if you add in accessories like a delicate gold necklace or chic hairpin. Add a scarf, wrap, or shawl and find endless styling options. You can even choose one wrap you wear to every party and plan your outfits around how you’ll style it.

Check in First

Always ask your host if they have a specific dress code they'd like their guests to adhere to, and be respectful of their expectations. There are all kinds of glamorous modest dresses that are super stylish and will be solid options for any dress code.

Check in about what's on the menu too. Fried foods are usually a Hanukkah staple. If you'll be around rambunctious kids or just know that you're prone to find stains on your clothes, wear easily washable fabrics. That way, you're not feeling nervous all dinner long about dripping oil from those delicious latkes or dropping any scrumptious jelly from your donuts onto your lap.

Hanukkah is a joyous, carefree celebration, so don't forget to include some fun accessories in honor of the holiday, like a scarf covered in menorahs or a hair bow with dreidels on it. With all the delicious food you're about to eat, from brisket to jelly donuts, you'll want to feel as light as possible over the next few days. Choose clothes that you feel comfortable and confident wearing.


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