How to Dress for Your Pageant Appearances During the Holidays


by pageantprofessors

‘Tis the Season

Is it just me or did this year fly by? The holidays are upon us and whether or not you’re ready it’s time to gear up for the season. As titleholders, I’m sure your inbox is filled with invitations to a variety of festive appearances ranging from casual to formal. Pageant Professors teamed up with and blogger Kriska Ylagan to get you dressed for the occasion.

5K races
I always loved attending family fun runs and walks during my reign. Now I know we live in our heels most days but for these events, they’re better left at home. Take the opportunity to lace up your sneakers and don a sportier look that’s appropriate for checking in participants, stuffing goodie bags or rooting for runners along the course. Or if you’re up to it, join in the run! Just be sure to pin your sash to your tee.

We really loved Alyssa’s look for the Komen Race for the Cure run she did.

Breakfast with Santa

Festive can mean so many things and as tempting as jingle bells may be (or not), try a more sophisticated look by wearing a rich jewel toned sweater dress instead. Kriska warns against pairing green with red, “unless you’re going to a costume party!”

Add rich, dark black tights and stylish boots to the look if it’s chilly.


Keep it simple and dress warm, it’s winter after all! Look in your existing wardrobe for a piece you’re comfortable in because frankly no one’s going to see it anyway. Invest in a winter white coat and do let your shoes do the sparkling. Add a few glass beads to a pair you already have. These small details can make an otherwise conservative look feel glam.

Keep warm in tights for “a touch of Euro-chic,” says Kriska and don’t forget your gloves!

Evening gala

Got a little black dress? So does everyone else in the room. Why not bring out your playful (but still elegant) side in a little RED dress (LREDs). For Kriska, “a red dress is just as essential to a lady’s closet as a black one. Red is a flattering color for most skin tones which makes it high wearable.”

For Kriska’s favorite picks check out her blog post at “I picked six dresses that reflect my personal style, a mix of classic and trendy. The textures in the fabric really give the wearer room to accessorize or pair the dress with statement footwear.”

As far as rules for the holidays go, Kriska agrees that there aren’t any. DO wear something that makes you feel comfortable and fabulous, and if that calls for you to break certain “rules”, then so be it!

Have an appearance coming up? Tell us about it in the comment section below! Got a favorite appearance look? Send them to Nicole at along with your title and event.


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