Holiday Party Style Guide

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It’s already December (weird) which means a few things: It’ll likely get colder in the next few weeks and your social calendar will probably fill up with holiday parties galore. Whether it’s your company’s annual shitshow or a friend’s tame dinner party, you’re likely going to hit a bit of a snag while getting dressed….because let’s face it, looking nighttime-cute is no easy feat when it’s 20 degrees outside.

Thankfully, I’m here to report that – at least in my humble opinion – barely there dresses just aren’t cute, especially when you’re shivering uncontrollably while wearing one. Your holiday party ensemble can still be fun, festive and fancy even if you choose to keep some of it under wraps. Here are a few of my tips, complete with inspiration from some stylish celebs.

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Black tights can be your best friend this season. I mean, they make your legs look amazing. Certainly better than they’d look clothed in a coat of goosebumps. The tights-under-the-dress thing can look great, you just have to be sure you’re doing right. First step: The tights must be totally opaque. Those sheer-black “stockings” or whatever just look tacky. If you want to for a sheer-nude or patterned pair…well, I’m not a fan but to each his own. I suggest investing in a high-quality pair. Wolford tights are pretty much the holy grail of hosiery; they’re aren’t cheap but they also won’t go sheer or get runs in them, so there’s that. I recently picked up a pair of DKNY tights and they’re also fabulous – thick and sturdy with total coverage.

The dress you choose to wear with tights is really important too. Generally speaking, I’d say tighter dresses don’t really work. No real reason for this, I’ve just never seen anyone look really amazing in a bandage dress layered over tights. In fact, I’ve found that the dresses in my closet that look too oversized and shapeless over bare legs actually work over tights. As for a skirt/top combo…I don’t particularly care for this when paired with tights. It just feels too busy. When it doubt, emulate Nicole Richie. The silhouette of the amazing Winter Kate dress seen above looks so perfect with those solid black tights.

 

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Dont’ be afraid to wear some pants. But unless your party is super casual I would avoid plain old jeans. Coated jeans, on the other hand, can look phenomenal. If you own real leather pants, by all means, make like Shanae Grimes and WEAR THEM. I think jacquard pants look so festive and would be perfect for a holiday party – maybe paired with a simple black tank and blazer. If you’re hitting a holiday party you may feel pressured to wear a dress, but I feel like anyone who chooses the pants route would really stand out in a sea of bandage-dress clad girls. One exception: As much as I love printed silk pants, I’m going to say that they’re just too breezy and casual for a party. Save them for summer days.

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Keep it monochromatic. Jumpsuits are perfect for winter nights out. Just make sure it’s a more tailored version – anything too blousy just looks way too casual. I love a nice, sleek black number with wide legs and an open back. You don’t need to do much at all to make a statement in this look. Feeling corporate? Wear a coordinated suit and you’ll impress your friends and your boss. Just make sure it’s a fun, printed suit instead of a solid black to keep it from getting boring.

Ashley Madekwe is one of my big style crushes. She always looks so perfect and she’s definitely a fan of a good head-to-toe look. The jumpsuit she’s wearing above is definitely on the summery side…but I think it’s too good to be confined to one season.

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Suit up. If a full-on suit is too much for you, a great blazer can instantly make an outfit more festive. Try one that’s embellished with sequins, studs, feathers, elegant draping….whatever you choose, I guarantee you’ll feel more dressed up if you top off any outfit. The holidays are the best time for outrageous amounts of sparkle, so if you’re going to pick up one blazer to take you through this season, maybe you should make it a sequined number. After all, Kim Kardashian is wearing one above and I’m pretty sure she’s never been underdressed for anything in her entire life.

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Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. You can wear the most unremarkable dress, pant/shirt combo, jumpsuit, whatever and make it look unbelievable with the right add-ons. A statement necklace goes a long way. One of my favorite things about these pieces is that they can make any dress or top look totally new. Use a black dress as a canvas and switch up the neck candy to instantly update the look. J crew has some beautiful necklaces, as does Bauble Bar. I also love a good clutch, a fun pair of shoes, or a red lip to take any party look up a few notches.

 

What are you wearing to your next holiday party? I’d love to see your look! Tweet it to me @statementscene or drop me an Instagram mention @ZarHus!

 


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