Where Holiday Magic Meets Modern Tradition: Three Looks To Write Your Own Holiday Story

By Kate Marin

Year after year, we rewrite and append our personal holiday stories. We welcome new faces into our homes and make space for a few more seats at the dinner table, but at the root of it all, our favorite traditions remain. These rituals, after all, are what make the season truly exceptional — inciting a sense of nostalgia that brings us back to our earliest, most idyllic version of the holidays.

Together with Lauren Ralph Lauren, we’re telling a modern-day holiday tale filled with garland, champagne, and plenty of inspiring celebratory looks. And, as it turns out, a maturing holiday narrative doesn't have to lose that sense of childlike magic.

There’s nothing more nostalgic than a slow winter morning at home: the fragrant pine-wrapped banister, warm cascading sunlight, and comforting creamy knits that bundle it all in. The day begins at ease, yet with a sense of excitement synonymous with the holiday season. There are errands to run, a home to prepare, and, later on, a few late-night festivities to be had.

Back at home, the evening slowly sets in, and there's a moment of calm before the celebrations begin. The wreaths are hung, the table is set, the candles are lit, and the music just so — the makings of a perfect holiday meal with the family complete.

Sure to please even the most meticulous of mothers, a double-breasted plaid suit is a sure-fire choice for the stylish holiday hostess. Here’s to kicking off the annual family feast with your best foot forward.

The guests have come and gone, old stories told and gifts exchanged. A smooth and amicable family gathering deserves a toast, no doubt, but as one chapter concludes, another has just begun. After an aperitif and an outfit change — a pair of delicate strappy heels and a glittering wrap dress — the night takes on a new celebratory tone.


Photography: Benjo Arwas; Hair and Makeup: Ashleigh Ciucci; Set Stylist: Tim Ferro; Art Direction: Diana Weisman/BDG; Branded Fashion Lead + Stylist: Jenna Wexler/ BDG; Branded Fashion Editor: Kate Marin/BDG; Production: Nancy Valev/BDG