I mentioned how much I love Christmas last week when we kicked off our three part series on dressing for holiday parties. Last week, we covered dressing for “The Casual Party.” This week we’ll look at ways to festivize (yes, I’m going to use that word in each post) your dressier holiday party. Next week, we’ll wrap up with dressing for your work parties. And remember, if you can’t figure out what the attire is, check out tips for deducing invitation’s coded attire.
One gorgeous way to play into the holidays without sticking to red and green hues is to capitalize on metallics.
Take this shimmery mirror sweater in silver from Macy’s which is a RIDICULOUS splurge, even on sale, and not one I would make but it gives you a great idea of what to look for when shopping for festive metallic. Pair it with tuxedo ankle pants in satin or skinny velvet with high heels and you’re all set with a non-skirt option for a spiffy soiree:
Or how about this saucy fit and flare metallic and black cocktail dress on sale at Macy’s (would DEFINITELY need to be longer if you selected it for a dressy office party, with a different heel as well, but could work for New Year’s Eve with your love).
If you option for something more classically Christmas, I love a red cocktail dress. You can pair it with simple earrings and a neutral (or metallic) shoe because a red cocktail dress is enough of a centerpiece to need much more adornment.
From the absolutely flagrantly decadent St. John’s number in Venetian Red at Nordstrom’s (on sale for a mere $500+ – what!?!?!):
To the more affordable corded lace splash from Tadashi (on 40% off at Nordstom’s today!!!) that is even mildly, and sophisticatedly, reminiscent of a peppermint cane:
(Tadashi even makes a more affordable lace sheath that comes in both this gorgeous rose color as well as a pewter that would be party perfect!)
For shoes, if your dress isn’t over the top (like silver mirrors!), then you can really amp up the fashion. These two options show the full spectrum – from stunning silver embroidered stilettos to edge black sequined open booties (both courtesy of Nordstrom) – step outside your comfort zone when it comes to holiday footwear and keep your accessories simple (a diamond tennis bracelet, encrusted gold loops, but leave the pearls and stick to shine):
How about you? Where’s your favorite place to shop for holiday dress clothes?