Dressing for the Holiday

with Contribution from Jessica Antopol

The Holiday season is here and with that comes the holiday parties. I had my first, official holiday party this past weekend and have a few more on the calendar, scattered out over the next month. In this three part piece, we will explore different looks for the work party, family functions, and the perfect NYE dress!

Part 1: The Work Party

Often, one of the hardest occasions to dress for is a holiday work party. You must pick something which boarders festive and work place appropriate. I.E. Sparkles may be best left behind.

 

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Look 1: The LBD

Revamp your favorite work place appropriate Little Black Dress for the holiday season.

Of course, the style of the dress is dependent on your work place culture -- a dress that one can wear to an advertising agency is far different than one appropriate at a law office. However, with any style, you can dress up the simplicity of the dress by adding a bejeweled necklace and a pair of sparkly heels to your office wear.

Best part about this look: You can wear the dress to work during the day and when it’s time for the party just add a necklace and swap your shoes. For this look, you can also select a festive silk scarf or pull back long hair and grab a pair of statement making earrings.

 

 

 

 

Look 2: A Twist on a Modest Dress

Amp up a modestly cut dress by adding a print. Here, the dynamic pattern on this Mary Katrantzou number will draw attention, but only in the best way possible!

This knee length dress has the wow factor with its slight ombre, sheen and long sleeves. The length and neckline make it appropriate for work, but the detailing makes it festive enough for a party. Add a pair of nude heels and simple earrings to be party ready in no time flat.

 

 

Look 3: Repurpose What you Already Have

Certain things in one’s closet are often considered “work only” items -- blazers, a crisp white button-down, black slacks or the pant suit. Most often seen in the boardroom and not in a party setting, these items do not get nearly the credit deserved, especially when it comes to it's multi-functional wearing capabilities!

Change up the classic pant suit by adding a silky blouse and statement necklace with a pair of open toed strappy shoes (that you change into after work). Another option -- swapping the black blazer for a colorful one to add a little more pop. Best part: you know it will be work place appropriate because it was designed to be in a work setting.


Part 2: Family Functions:

If you’re like me, family functions fill your social calendar during the holiday season. And attire for these events ranges from jeans and a nice top all the way to a party dress and heels. The following three looks should prepare you for any event thrown your way!

Look 1: Casual Event with the Family

One of the most sought after items this season is the perfect puffy vest -- I know many of my friends have included it in their holiday lists. Rock this trend with a plaid button down and your favorite pair of skinny jeans. Throw on a pair of brown boots and you are ready for casual event with the family. Amp it up even further by layering on a few delicate necklaces and adding your go-to big watch.

 

Look 2: Dress down your more formal clothes to fit a family function

Have a sequined mini skirt you love, but never get a chance to wear? Pair it with black tights and your favorite, chunky knit sweater and voilà, you are ready for holiday party with the family.

If the party is in the evening, try dressing it up with a pair of strappy black heels (no tights). In the afternoon, I recommend dressing it down with a pair of worn in boots and opaque tights. Let the skirt do the talking—stay away from statement jewelry or other bold pieces that will distract from the sequins.

Look 3: Let your accessories do the talking

One look that never goes out of style is a classic red dress! Rock a dress with interesting detailing—it could be anything from a unique neckline to strategic pleating -- and keep the accessories simple, yet sparkly (think gold bangles and elegant, drop earrings) If you opt for a less detailed dress, grab a printed clutch and bold earrings to add more color to the ensemble. An outfit like this is perfect for a more formal family function or any party that calls for cocktail festive attire.


Part 3: New Years Eve

Lots of people, myself included, have a love hate relationship with New Year’s Eve festivities. On one hand it’s exciting and thrilling. On the other it’s a night that almost never lives up to its expectations. Regardless of one’s views, it cannot be denied that NYE is a night to dress up, be with those you love, have fun and the night that begins the path for the next 365 days.

Look 1: Go out? How about stay in!

There is a myth that NYE means going out to an extravagant party -- yes, it's a big myth, I know. Some of my favorite NYEs have been from the comfort of my own living room!

I have to say, watching the clock countdown on TV and waiting for the Swarovski crystal clad ball to drop in Times Square surrounded by delicious Chinese take-out sounds like a good option most years. The best part? I can wear comfy (although chic) clothes AND not having to worry about getting home once the clock strikes midnight. This NYE, don’t be afraid to rock those chic sweats with a t-shirt and robe —chances are you will have had a better night IN than your friends who went OUT.

Look 2: The Classic Sparkle

One look that is always welcome on NYE is a statement making sequined dress. You can make this style your own by playing with shape and cut of the dress.

An A-line dress with a V-neck is a universal cut, that almost every body shape and figure can wear. Want more coverage? Grab a cropped blazer to wear into the party and drape it over your shoulders if you get cold throughout the evening. Pair your dress with a pair of killer heels (no sparkles on the shoes and stick to a pair of single colored pumps) and you are good to go. Better yet, if you choose sparkles in a more neutral tone, i.e. a bronze gold combo, you can rock a pair of eye-catching dangly earrings, say, the ones you received as a holiday gift! So wear that sequined dress and sparkle like the ball in Times Square.

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Look 3: Step Away from the Pack

This NYE step away from the hordes of women wearing dresses, and rock a jump suit!

In my opinion, the jump suit is one of the most underrated fashion items. Sure, they seem like a hassle because you have to unzip them in order to go to the bathroom, but I promise you it is worth it. Like a dress, jump suits are an outfit in and of themselves— it's like one stop shopping. I purchased this French Connection number during Black Friday sales with NYE in mind and cannot wait to pair it with a bright red lip and leopard print heels. Best part: it’s warm! So join me this NYE and wear something a little different.

Did we miss one of YOUR favorite looks? Tell us about it in the comments below!