Two Ways: Holiday Party Looks, Part One
Dec 4, 2012
From Right, Ring: OdlR Pave Stone Ring ($250) Bag: Vince Camuto Onyx Clutch ($168) Shoes: Michael Kors Suede Pump ($130) Necklace: Stella & Dot Virginia Necklace ($298) Tights: Hue Ultimate Opaque Tights ($9)
For a House Party. Now that I’m in my thirties, most of the holiday gatherings I attend are at people’s homes. Dressing for a dinner party or house party can mean jeans and a sweater or it can mean something a bit nicer. So if you’re attending a party at someone’s home that’s not quite cocktail, but not casual, this is the kind of outfit I recommend.
Pairing a minidress with flats relaxes the look, and gives it a bit of a retro feel. I chose to add the jeweled sash to give the front a little something extra without adding a lot of bling. I like the way the black satin and black rhinestones looks together.
If you like the look of a rhinestone belt, but can’t reason paying over-$200 for it, take a black ribbon and a brooch to it. You could also add a black leather bow belt in either patent or rhinestone depending on your taste.
I chose a simple black clutch and drop earrings to complete the look. I prefer black earrings over sparkly ones so that the sequins on the belt can take center stage. This clutch is a great under-$100 all purpose bag, but if you already own a chain strap bag, this would be a good time to carry that.
I’d also wear bare legs because I prefer them with flats. Tights can look a little school girl-ish. So I’d need to apply a little bit of self-tanner to my legs. I like the Kate Somerville wipes.
For the makeup, I would go the French route and paint my nails a bright red with a sheer red lip and gold shimmer eyes with thick black liner. For the hair, I would wear it up in a twist or a low bun.
For Holiday Cocktails. This outfit is a bit more festive, but it’s designed to be worn out to the bar, so it’s not overly holiday. I like the idea of a large ribbon necklace like this one to jazz up the boring black front of the dress. If you like the look of ribbon and jewels, but you don’t want to spend $300 on it, this necklace from Banana Republic is $80.
I chose this clutch for its clean lines and elegant clasp. It might be a bit small for some of you, so if you like the look of a box clutch, but need a bit more space, try this one. Other than that, I finished the outfit off with a simple black tight and a suede pump.