A Very Parker Holiday: Allison Bornstein

To kick off the holiday season, we talked to experts across different industries for their top tips on celebrating the holidays with ease. This week we caught up with stylist Allison Bornstein about the decades she’s channeling for the holidays, and her must-have investment pieces for the season.

Wearing the Daniella Blouse + Emmett Skirt

Where do you get your style inspiration from? Does this change during the holidays?

I am very inspired by the 70s. I like the effortless tomboy ease of flared jeans with a tee or sweater during the day, and more disco elements like slinky slip dresses and oversized hoop earrings for nights out. I really lean into the disco style during the holidays by playing with shapes and textures and adding in some metallics.

What are your favorite trends this holiday season?

I am a big animal print fan and I am loving all the leopard, tiger, and zebra prints I am seeing this season. I also always love some 80s-style dresses with exaggerated shoulders and sequins for the holiday season.

Any styling tips for the woman on the go?

I like to choose my outfit each morning with the intention of wearing it all day and night — the easier, the better for me. Therefore, I like to try to stick with the basics — like a black sweater and denim — and elevate it with a funky jacket or textured blazer. It’s easy to take your look from day to night if it is simple and chic!

My favorite Parker holiday party look is…

The leather Emmett Skirt. I love adding a leather element to a holiday look to give me a bit of edge. For me, fashion is all about balance, so if I am wearing something more sparkly or girly I tend to pair it with a more structured piece.

Three pieces to invest in for the holiday season...

A leather skirt, a good quality pair of sheer black tights, and some oversized gold hoop earrings!

The best accessory to pair with a cocktail dress...

I like the balance of a holiday cocktail dress with a menswear inspired tuxedo jacket.

Best way to unwind after a busy holiday season?

A glass of red wine at home with my dog. (He isn’t drinking the wine…)

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Photography Credit: Phoebe Cheong



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