7 Winning Looks For Your Holiday Party Circuit!
It’s that time of year again! We’re quickly approaching the throes of the ‘official’ holiday season which will be kicked off by Thanksgiving later this week. Candy canes & mulled cider, anyone? 😉 Your December is probably chock full of holiday invites from work, family, and friends.
While these are pretty fun occasions filled with the joy of holiday cheer, let’s face it – the weeks, days, and hours leading up to them can be very stressful for you. Why? Because you don’t know what to wear! You’ve got so many different things to consider like: what did you wear last year; what will your friends wear, what’s the party style: casual, cocktail, or formal; and what looks are trending this year?
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To help you out, I’ve pulled seven pieces that offer some variety in terms of fit, style, formality, and price. See below for a rundown on why I selected each…
Lulus Plunging V-Neck Pleat Georgette Gown – This wine-colored, flowy dress is an easy, yet stylish option for events that are more on the semi-formal/formal side. The plunging V-neckline and empire waist give the illusion of the top half of an hour glass (remember that highlighting your natural waist is always a good thing!). The pleated A-line dress provides a gentle, feminine flare that completes the bottom half of the hour glass shape. Also, empire waist dresses are a great way to camouflage any troublesome midsection areas. 😉
Halston Heritage Cold Shoulder Dress – Still trending from this past summer is the cold shoulder (or cutout shoulder) look! This scarlet knee-length dress is a great option for corporate parties or playing hostess at your own party! The cut of the dress is classic with its embellished belted center and thigh-high front slit. This dress is best paired with a strappy heeled sandal as shown. Another great choice that creates the hourglass silhouette with a modern twist!
NSR Velvet Midi Slip Dress – Remember in my Fall Fashion Trends video, I shared that velvet was one of the hottest trends for this season! Well, here’s an opportunity to rock a luxe look in this black crushed velvet midi slip dress. Once again, the flattering V-neck makes yet another appearance giving you a nice, long look from the top. This dress isn’t fitted so it gives you some room to breathe after dinner and dessert! 😉 This is a nice minimalist look that’s still classy and feminine!
Ralph Lauren Off-The-Shoulder Sheath Dress – I’m loving this bohemian-turned-classic look. This fitted, sheath dress features a simple, but elegant off-the-shoulder neckline coupled with ¾ length bell sleeves for a comfortable, yet chic look. This cocktail number also provides the classic silhouette look highlighting the waist area with its gentle pleats on the left side of the bodice. This is an LBD that can serve you for a variety of dressy occasions!
Alexis Cold-Shoulder Lace Sheath Dress – This dress is definitely elegant, modern, and sexy all at the same time. Its shapely sheath style offers subtle visual delights in its overall design. Made with berry floral lace, this midi is trimmed with a contrasting black lace. It also features an elegant jewel neckline with a sheer yoke, cold shoulders, a delicate sheer netted band that wraps around the thigh, and a scalloped hem. Didn’t I say that this dress was eye candy! Wearing this dress, you’ll certainly turn heads at more formal events.
Mango Cold Shoulder Dress – For my ladies that want a dress that’s easy, fun to wear, and shows off some leg, this dress is for you! This budget-friendly option is a black, two-tier shift dress that is great for dancing the night away! This, too, features a cold shoulder that’s balanced with a bateau neckline. Its contemporary style is carefree and cute at the same time!
Bailey 44 Ruched Jersey Cold-Shoulder Dress – My last selection features yet another cold shoulder! I really like this dress because of its sleek look and gentle ruching from the waist down. Ruching is also another clever fashion hack to disguise problem areas as long as it’s not too tight! This burgundy long-sleeved jersey dress gently highlights curves and is a comfortable, stylish option that’s easy to move around in. This dress can be paired with pumps or heeled sandals for a chic, finished look!
No matter what you wear for your holiday party soirees, you’ll need a great handbag to finish your look! When going to these parties, the last thing you want to do is haul your large handbag or tote. Pare things down and simplify with a stylish clutch. I’ve included some examples here from Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Clare Vivier for some inspiration. Dark clutches are always a safe option and can be used for many different occasions, but I challenge you to pair your outfit with a clutch that’s a contrasting color, maybe a different hue of the color you’re wearing, or has some bling! This is the holidays – have fun with it and maybe even have your clutch be your statement piece!
Hopefully these pieces give you some holiday style inspiration and offer up a few different options for the parties you’ll be attending this season. Remember that if you need help finding the best look for you, call me at 855-877-8953 to set up a holiday event styling appointment – I’d love to help you look beautiful and own the room! Happy (early) holidays!
Roxanne Carne is a recognized Personal Stylist the DC metro area styling women in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, and virtually! Visit www.roxannecarne.com to discover how she can help you define your style!
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