How To: Dress For a Party
a.k.a. “Festive Dress”
If you’ve been invited for cocktails look for ladylike pieces that channel a slightly retro vibe.
An oversize crystal cuff adds a playful twist and (rather weighty) touch of decadence.
Strappy, lacy heels will take you everywhere: They’re fancy without being over the top.
Balance a graphic, super-short skirt with pearls and a slightly prim and Victorian-style blouse.
When it's cold, add: A shiny, slim-cut cropped jacket—and throw on a brooch for extra festiveness.
a.k.a. “Holiday Attire”
If you’re going to a dinner party go for easy, comfortable and elegantly gilded.
Small, personal jewelry is appropriately tasteful for a dinner party.
A floaty dress is as elegant to walk around in as it is comfortable to eat dinner in.
When it's cold, add: A textured boxy jacket. It’s cozy without looking schleppy.
a.k.a. “Meet for a Drink”
If you’re meeting friends at a bar pair something sheer with something denim and you can't go wrong.
Sparkly jewelry keeps even a laid-back look in the holiday spirit.
Skinny pants and ankle boots are chic, flattering and ideal if you’ll be standing for hours.
When it's cold, add: A sharp tuxedo jacket to keep the outfit crisp.
Holiday Office Party
a.k.a. "Dress to Impress"
If your office is having a holiday party, don't have any illusions about whether or not people will be judging your style–they will. Keep your outfit formal and tasteful, and leave the sex in the bedroom.
This long-sleeved wool dress oozes style and keeps the wearer warm.
Stacked-heel ankle boots are stylish, elegant and comfortable enough to stand in for hours.
When it's cold, add: If the wool dress wasn't enough, add this wool-cashmere blend camel topcoat.
a.k.a. "Comfortable and Casual"
If you're going to gorge on cookies, you don't want to do so in six-inch heels and a skin tight dress–go casual, comfortable and give yourself some room to breathe.
A club-collared shirt with an ever-so-soft merino crewneck sweater will keep you warm and enhance your girlish cuteness.
Wear flat shoes or a low heel so you don't look like you thought you were going to a ball.
When it's cold, add: This topcoat is casually stylish and hits near the knees so you'll be protected from cold gusts.