The Holiday Edit: Go Bold or Go Home

Lights up on a woman dreaming of silk, fur and sartorial twists on holiday dressing. She is cold. She is tired. She is running late for the next big thing.  

Nursing heavily spiked egg-nog, she surveys her closet and looks at her phone. Cringes. “The best laid plans…” she thinks, shaking her head.  Feeling like she’s drunk dialing an ex, the woman reaches for her LBD. A quiet surrender. How did it come to this???

This holiday season, we invite you to subvert this story with Four Ways to Inspire Your Inner Wintour:

One Thing Vintage: add a single, unique vintage piece (a Lanvin necklace circa 1972, a mink stole, a brocade Dries jacket from seasons ago) and throw it over classics you own (a slip dress, a crisp white button down and a black pencil skirt, skinny trousers, or 501s). Keep the face bare. Add a red lip. Brava!

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Winter Floral: take (or find) a ‘90’s inspired floral dress (think Anna Sui or Reformation), add black opaque tights, a formal shoe (I love a dressed up Mary Janes), rhinestone jewels and/or a bit of fur or consider a floral maxi skirt with a metallic beaded top or simple black or white tee, and accessorize as above. Finish with loads of eyeliner and a nude or berry lip. Done.

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Goth for Days: if you must rely on the LBD (and let’s face it, there are days…), go ALL THE WAY and pair it with black tights, black heels, black moto jacket, a black velvet beret, black mani, and sunglasses at night. Finish with a top knot or a sleek low bun, naked or smoky eye, and vampy lipstick. C’est bon.

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Unexpected Twists: when all else fails, do one unexpected thing. Throw a field jacket over a gold lame dress, break out a Canadian Tuxedo and load your arms with too many gold bangles, wear a smoking jacket or a men’s tuxedo shirt as a dress with seamed black hosiery. Why not?

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PS: You can shop these looks at Common Threads Boulder and Common Threads Denver (specifics referenced are available in store now).


One of the most in-demand design labels in our stores, Raquel Allegra, is certainly not like the masses. The fabrics, finishes & shapes are completely unique & totally sought after - for good reason! Known for gorgeous "grown-up" tie-dyed pieces, distressed (some are even deconstructed) tees, as well as fine silk & cashmere, everything is hand-wrapped, tied & dyed to artisan perfection.  

Growing up in California with artist parents, she was exposed to finely-crafted goods all of her life. Reflecting on that, her company manufactures the majority of her line (which really turned the corner to more womenswear pieces in 2009) in Los Angeles. We LOVE that!  

Photo by Noelle Ireland Photography for Common Threads Boulder.

Photo by Noelle Ireland Photography for Common Threads Boulder.

One of our favorite local boutiques, MAX, happens to be hosting Raquel Allegra trunk shows at their Denver & Boulder locations this week! The designer will be there to meet & answer any questions about her collection. How lucky are we?!

264 Detroit Street
Thursday, May 25th
10AM-6PM (cocktails from 6-8PM)

1177 Walnut Street
Friday, May 26th