The holidays are here, and so are all the fun events that come with them: the parties, the dinners, the outdoor activities — the list goes on. The challenge isn’t finding what to do; it’s deciding what to wear.
Hour Detroit spoke with Miriam Pranschke, owner of Boro — a consignment shop near Eastern Market that offers modern and vintage designer clothing and accessories — to help us help you.
Here, Pranschke has styled outfits using products from her shop, to help you put together your own looks. “I’m kind of playing off of a ’90s minimalist [vibe], but still a little avant-garde to make it a little bit funky,” she says. “I think people want to start feeling like they’re putting some artistry back into their outfits again, because we haven’t been able to for so long.”
Below, Pranschke shares outfit inspiration for the holiday season.
A Detroit Symphony Orchestra Show
“Since you tend to be a little bit more dressed up for this type of event, I was thinking more expressive but still just a little edgy,” Pranschke says. Throw on a chunky sweater over a dress, for a snazzy look that will keep you cozy. Add a layered necklace and cool shoulder bag to complete the outfit.
The Family Holiday Dinner
“This is a place you can be a bit more extravagant since you’re at home,” Pranschke says. “You’re not having to worry about being cold, and we’re trying to get people to push back from wearing super simple outfits.” So, wear something sparkly or poofy, throw on a statement piece of jewelry, and be the best dressed at the table.
The Office Holiday Party
You don’t have to throw on an ugly holiday sweater or stick to the traditional red and green color scheme. Instead, Pranschke suggests mixing patterns; choosing fun accessories; and opting for rich, jewel-toned variations of the usual holiday shades. You can also experiment with textures, such as by pairing a tweed piece with a silk one.
Pro tip: When mixing patterns, Pranschke recommends keeping some elements consistent. So, choose patterns that are similar in either size or shape.
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
Pranschke suggests wearing a metallic item that pops against the millions of LED lights, whether that be a top, a pair of pants, a statement earring, or even a hat. And, of course, bundle up as you see fit.
Ice Skating at Campus Martius
While this is more of an athletic activity, Pranschke says you can still go for a fashionable yet functional look. She was inspired by these white skates to play with lighter, more tonal colors. If you want to stick to a simpler base outfit, wear fun outerwear (e.g., a bright colored coat or a chic felted wool hat). Be sure to layer up underneath with a bodysuit, leggings or tights, and thick wool or cashmere socks.
Find similar items at Boro, 1440 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-888-9648; borodetroit.com
This story is featured in the December 2021 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. Read more stories in our digital edition.