Ask Belle: Casual Holiday Party Attire
Dec 19, 2012
I know you’ve talked a lot about dressy holiday wear, but what about for a casual party at someone’s home? I would like to look festive, but I imagine most of the guests will be in jeans. Any recommendations?
Sometimes a relaxed holiday party is better than a fancy one. You get to spend time with loved ones and friends and just relax, have a cocktail and embrace the spirit of the season. Here are some thoughts on what to wear.
A Nice Sweater. This sweater has a soft color, a classic shape and a little something extra. Choosing a lovely sweater like this cowl neck, or this dolman sleeve, or this off-the-shoulder would be a stylish and relaxed choice. Pair them with a pair of dark denim jeans and a cool boot, and the foundation of your outfit is set. (Ladies, the Ciao Bella’s are back! And in multiple colors! $139.)
I would also add a pair of pearl earrings, a cool bracelet and/or ring and some good perfume. Just a hint of light fragrance (I like the Fresh fragrances) can make even a casual outfit feel dressed up.
A Sweater Dress. If you’re attending a family dinner or another event where things might be just a hair dressier than casual, think about wearing a sweater dress. If you add a pair of thick tights and some black boots, you have an outfit that is comfortable but a little nicer than jeans. I would also add a long necklace or a scarf to complete the look.
A Sequin Top. Want to add a little glitz to your casual affair? How about a knit and sequin top? Pair it with jeans or a cropped pant. For the footwear, maybe a black velvet flat would be nice. And for the jewelry, maybe a ring with a black stone.
Not crazy about the color blocking on this sweater (sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t)? You could try this slouchy sequin tee, this pricey but awesome DvF sequin sweater with blush trim or this wine-colored sequin top for under-$75.
Attending a casual party is also a great excuse to bring your friends a little housewarming gift. May I suggest a craft-quality pre-made cocktail like this Brandy Manhattan from Fluid Dynamics, or a sweet treat like this peppermint crunch cake (looks so good you will want to chew through the screen) and these festive whoopie pies.