How to Dress Festive in Calgary

Stylist Christa Gravel shares her tips on how to put together holiday outfits that are truly the life of the party.

Jacket ’90s vintage Escada sourced from Europe; tank top Gravel’s own; skirt and belt Kate Hewko; shoes The Attico, from Danielle’s Consignment; necklace one-of-a-kind from Toronto brand Rock ‘N Karma; earrings and rings Alexander McQueen. Photo by Jared Sych.

Christa Gravel has a motto for holiday party outfits: “Don’t let the Christmas tree have all the fun.” Indeed, whether she’s wearing sequins and metallics, or tulle and standout jewellery, the lead stylist with Calgary’s Kate Hewko boutique always goes all out.

Gravel says the holiday season is the ideal time to don the fabulous pieces tucked away in your closet. “Anything goes during the holidays, which is what’s so fun about it,” she says. “This is the time to wear things you may not want to try at other times.”

If you’re unsure how to pull a look together, take a cue from Gravel and build your outfit around shoes you love — and embrace her fearlessness, too. The style guru turns 66 this November and does not believe in fashion limits for people of any age. “Wear what makes you happy and help [everyone] celebrate themselves through their own unique style,” she says.

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This article appears in the November 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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