Every November, my e-mail account is flooded with ladies asking for holiday party attire advice. So this year, I thought I would try to get ahead of the barrage and post some timeless suggestions. Here are my favorite holiday looks?
Be Bold, Wear Red. The holiday season is a great time to wear red. It’s fun and festive, vibrant and sexy. You’re guaranteed to stand out for all the right reasons in this DvF lace dress, but if it’s too rich for your bank account, this Adrianna Papell dress is a dead-ringer for less-than-half the price. I also like this space-age, thoroughly modern dress from Topshop and this sculpted, sleeveless dress from J.Crew Factory.
Not sure you’re ready for red? Try burgundy instead. This Adrianna Papell dress has a flare skirt and a sheer yoke. And this Catharine Malandrino dress has a crochet embroidery that is just to die for.
Sheer Illusion is a god-send for conservative after work events (law firm holiday parties, symphony with the parents, etc.), and this Aqua dress is a great choice. If you want your sheer with a bit more sex appeal, this Bailey 44 Decompression Mesh dress is just the ticket. Want something truly ladylike? Check out this Megan dress from J.Crew, which could really benefit from a jeweled belt.
Don’t Be Afraid of Sequins. It can be tough to pull off sequins without looking like a Real Housewife, but it can be done. I like this long-sleeve ABS dress, and this long-sleeve minidress from Dress the Revolution, for the woman who wants to show off her legs. I also found this short-sleeve Jones New York dress and this pewter Aidan Mattox one shoulder.
Go Navy! Dark blue hues like navy and midnight are great for cocktail attire because they’re not as common as black. Also, provided you choose the right fabric, you can wear navy in any season. This fit-and-flare dress is a good option, but if you like a sleeker look, try this Tahari Metallic Sheath. I also adore this navy dress with a black leather cross-back from Alice + Olivia. I also love this Teri Jon lace dress with a flare skirt, though I might shorten the hem to keep it from looking matronly.