5 Must Haves When Packing for The Winter Holidays


1. The Not So Little Black Dress: This is your WOW piece, a simple dress that fits your curves in all the right places. Get away from wearing the little black dress and try a bold pink with a simple and subtle pattern or a stunning red. This would be perfect for holiday and party style.

Two Important Tips on getting the perfect dress:

The Right Shape – Find your smallest part and let the dress show off your curves.

The Right Size – If the fit is too tight or too loose it can be unflattering. The goal is to show off your body’s strongest  features.

2. The Perfect Legging: Nothing is worse than feeling uncomfortable in the clothing you’re wearing during long travel and late nights with family and friends. The perfect legging can add comfort while being flattering and stylish.

Three Tips for finding the perfect pair of leggings:

Length – You want to make sure the legging isn’t too short. A good universal legging should come to your ankle and be slim enough to wear a boot with. Having a zipper at the ankle is always a great option and allows you to wear the legging with flats as well as boots.

Material – Make sure the legging is thick enough and not transparent when stretched over your body, but be careful it isn’t too thick where you feel like your wearing scuba gear.

Height on the Waist – An important goal is to always make sure that you are flattering your body. Make sure it hits a flattering part on your body.

3.  The Flattering Universal Neutral Color Sweater:  Staying warm and comfortable while finding a sweater that flatters your figure. the figure friendly sweater is an essential for winter style! Look for a sweater that is a little oversized yet structured to maintain your body shape is perfect to pair with leggings and can be styled as a layer over a dress.

4. BOOTS! BOOTS! BOOTS!  A simple boot can take versatility in wardrobe packing a long way. Look for something that is simple, color universal, metal neutral (not too flashy) and flattering for your legs.

5. Accessories: It is important to keep your luggage light. Packing simple basics and bringing different accessories will keep your traveling holiday style as versatile as possible.

Two tips on packing accessories:

Layers – Some pieces that layer are rings, necklaces and stackable bracelets. These are items that can be easily broken down and layered or stacked to create a different look.

Large Statement Pieces – Transform neutral clothing pieces in to eye-catching styles.

Let Heather Rae Mitchell Restyle Your Holiday Closet:

The holiday season is approaching. Before you know it you are staring down at an empty suitcase with a closet full of clothing that you’ve worn over and over again and styled the same way. What do you do? Heather Rae Mitchell helps take the closet and the clothing you already own and put a different and new twist on your look. During the stressful holiday season where you are trying to balance work, holiday parties, and family events, the last thing on your mind is rushing around to pack and get the perfect holiday outfits. Thinking about what to pack and what to wear at each occasion can be very overwhelming. HRM helps take the thought out of getting dressed and packing therefore allowing you to enjoy the holidays looking fabulous with your best self and entering the New Year with a bang.


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15 Responses to 5 Must Haves When Packing for The Winter Holidays

  1. Emma Ward November 6, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Great article. I don’t know where I’d be without my statement dresses and boots. Looking forward to browsing your site.

    • Heather November 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

      Hi Emma,
      Thank you!! take a look at my site would love to hear feedback about that as well as answer any questions about services.

  2. Suzy Vance November 6, 2014 at 11:11 pm #

    Great tips, Heather, especially on the leggings! There are so many out there and the fit and comfort definitely are the keys to happiness wearing them! I’m sure you would be great at sorting/clearing my closet!

    • Heather November 7, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

      Hi Suzy,

      Leggings are a great edition!!! I would love to help clean your closet! email me at heather@heatherraemitchell.com and we can set a time to talk. If you are not local in NY or southern California, we can do it virtual thru Skype!! I am looking forward to talking.

  3. cinthia November 6, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    Leggings. You aren’t kidding. Such a comfy basic!

  4. Aliza Stein November 7, 2014 at 3:09 am #

    Ooooh Heather! I love these 5 must haves! Do you have any recommendations on leggings for shortys? I’m 5’2″ and I have a HECK of a time finding the right length! Great article!

    • Heather November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm #

      I am going to send you a few links of brands that would work for you!! Stay Tuned!

  5. Sherry November 7, 2014 at 3:52 am #

    I love the outfits you picked for this article 🙂 Leggings are the easiest way to update a wardrobe and I think the ones that have interesting detail like leather (or “pleather”) are very cool. Great article!

    • Heather November 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

      Leggings are great and such a light weight edition to your luggage!

  6. Marcela November 7, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Thank you Heather, love the versatility and look of sweaters, leggings and boots! I love my boots! lol The new approach to the staple “the little black dress” is key.

    • Heather November 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm #

      Every Women is different and unique, therefore no “little black dress” should be the same, try a color. Stay tuned for more tips and follow on instagram and see different style collages daily!!

  7. Adreanna November 7, 2014 at 6:18 pm #

    I love this practical and handy guidance! I just moved from NYC to the Berkshires for the fall season, and naturally overpacked the weirdest things and left behind essentials. Le Sigh. Wishing I had this tip sheet to reference a week ago! 🙂
    Keep the tips coming!

    • Heather November 7, 2014 at 7:26 pm #

      I am glad this was helpful.. Follow my instagram and you will get daily style tips and collages that refer to the topic from the Blog. Thank you for the Comment!!!

  8. Jeanie November 20, 2014 at 5:15 am #

    I love this article! I was stressing over what to pack for Japan and had way too many things in my suitcase. Thank you for helping me narrow it down and give me quick changes using the same staple items. You rock!

    • Heather November 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

      Thank you Jeanie, Have an amazing trip to Japan! I hope your able to Rock the Red Dress!!

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