FashionHow To: Dress for Holiday Parties

Whether it be an office holiday party or a party thrown by your nearest and dearest, dressing and looking chic for holiday parties is not confined to wearing the latest holiday novelty sweater (a la Mr. Darcy of Bridget Jones’s Diary), unless you plan to wear one to make an ironic statement.

Holiday parties give you a chance to dress more festively, and to let those festive dresses hanging your closet a chance to breathe apart from during wedding season.  Dig through your clothes or pick up a few new items to update your wardrobe to incorporate some of these elements into your holiday outfit:

1. Sequins — When I think holiday party, I instantly think shine and sequins, and the best thing is that you can incorporate this element as little or as much as you want to – and still look celebratory.  Whether you choose to embellish your outfit with Bajra Sequin embellished scarf or to pick a dress with subtle sequin details such as this Charlotte Ronson Sequin Racerback Dress, you are sure to catch people’s eyes from across the room or in holiday party photos.  If you are brave and looking for a striking and dazzling sequin detailed option, this Hanii Y Sequin LBD flapper inspired little black dress that is will make you look chic.  My personal favorite is this Sequined Cummerbund belt, which will perfectly accent your waist and add instant glamor to any outfit.

2. Silk — Whether because you have an office crush or just because you want to chance to showcase your personal style to counteract those boring button downs and tailored bottoms you normally wear, you can add silk elements to your normal everyday outfits with ease and still remain appropriate.  A soft whisper or sliver of melty silks adds instant lushness to your outfit.  This Banana Republic Silk Ruffled Top is trimmed with ladylike ruffles; it’s high cut and slim enough to fit under a blazer for work.  This stunning Catherine Malandrino Pleated Ruffle top is a deep and dense electric blue.  It is closely fit to the body and can be beautifully paired with a pencil skirt.  If your office is a little less conservative and you feel like splurging, I love this Bottega Veneta Open back dress, which I almost made as my lust list item for the month.  It has a deceptively traditional front and a dramatic two peek-a-boo back that will cause heads to turn.

3. Sheer and Lace — Sheer and lace elements were all over the Spring 2009 runway, so establish yourself as a trendsetter by wearing them now in the winter season.  Look for this budget-conscious Ruffled Trim blouse, which is a glamorous Wednesday Adams take on the traditional sheer button down.  Charlotte Ronson’s Mesh Tulip dress has a stylish Art Deco pattern and sheer panel right above the bodice, giving it a flirtatious edge. 

Try any of these above options for a beautiful and memorable holiday party.

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