It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and not because of family, warmth and cheer. Because of holiday parties, DUH!
What better excuse to get dressed to the nines than a Christmas Eve or NYE party?? Celebrities have red carpet events, normal people have the holidays – enough said. So let’s get down to business. What exactly should one wear to holiday parties? Whether it’s Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanza, or whatever you celebrate, you’ll doubtless want to look your absolute best. For the most part, holiday parties are formal, but I’ll go over a range of looks from casual to formal. Can I just say, there has never been a better reason to deck yourself out in all sorts of sparkles!
So I’m really a dress girl, I almost never wear pants. For a casual party, you can go a few different routes. One is pairing some nice pants (slacks??) whatever, with a nice top. I truly think that overdressing is always better than underdressing, so I wouldn’t recommend jeans. If you do show up slightly overdressed, you’ll look better than everyone else. If you show up in jeans and a t-shirt when everyone else is wearing nice clothes, you’ll look like a fool. I love the idea of high waisted pants paired with a somewhat billowy top, tucked in, and accessorized. You can also wear a simple dress or skirt with tights and flat boots. You’ll inevitably look nice without looking like you’re trying too hard. Shorts are a no-go unless you’re going out at night and pairing them with sky-high heels, mostly because I think they look stupid paired with tights and boots. As far as shoes go, stick to something either flat or with a small heel.
Ok, now on to the fun part – different sorts of looks for fancier affairs!
I think we all know how much chiffon and silk have been spotted everywhere lately, from flowing skirts to billowy blouses. I love them. I think they go with just about everything, and you can wear the lightest color of chiffon/silk with black anything and it looks amazing. They’re good for the holidays precisely because they go with everything. There are so many options! You can do dresses, skirts, tops. Want to jazz your them up a tad? Pleats are the answer. Pleats are really taking over, and I’m clearly not talking about 1970s schoolgirl pleated skirts. Pleated dresses and skirts add a really fun 1920s flapper-esque vibe to holiday apparel, and if you opt for them you’re sure to look twice as fashionable as every other person at the party. I love pleats, although I think that to wear them one has to be pretty thin. They’re not so cute on heavier people because they stretch over any lumps and accentuate them, so I won’t be investing in any pleated skirts until I’ve been hitting the gym for at least another month. =)
My blog is named Raining Sequins for a reason! I loveeee sequins, although ironically I own almost nothing sequined. I think that they have the potential to look incredibly tacky, and I’m really more of a classic/occasionally edgy girl – not so much of a bling bling in your face type of person. With that said, the holidays are the time for sequins. Hell, you can even wear nothing BUT sequins and look incredible. The best part is how many options sequins offer. I for one absolutely must have a sequined blazer, skirt, and dress by New Year’s, no matter what. Sequins are the perfect embellishment to an otherwise simple outfit. You can wear a sequined skirt with a simple top and a pendant if you’re not ready for the full-on sequin effect. If you are ready for that, multiple labels are rolling out dresses plastered with sequins. Sequined dresses come in a multitude of styles, from drawn in at the waist with a sash to a-line. You can choose from different colors and patterns, or you can choose a dress with sequin embellishments and embroidery. No matter what, the holidays are all about sparkle, and who doesn’t want to turn heads while prancing into a party looking like a disco ball in 6-inch heels?!
Yay, my favorite thing in the world! Holiday shoes are sort of hard just because it’s usually so cold, who would want to wear strappy heels? Well, I’m a firm believer in the fact that weather doesn’t matter. I mean, I am from California so I might have no clue what I’m talking about. Here, if you wear strappy sandals during the winter the worst that happens is your feet get a little wet. In New York they probably freeze. I think shoes for winter parties really depend on the party itself. If you’re going to a casual party or dinner, go for boots or booties. It doesn’t matter if they’re heeled or not (I would go for heeled no matter what but I’m just obsessed with heels.) For anything fancier, pumps are always a good fallback, but it depends on your outfit. I’d say choose the best shoes for whatever you’re wearing, but try to accent your outfit with metallics because it’s the holidays. If you’re wearing metallic sequins, definitely go for suede pumps in a color that works with your dress.
If you’re rich: diamonds. Hello, it’s winter, everyone is thinking about snow, and you might as well cover yourself with ice! Obviously, like with everything else, it depends on what you’re wearing. If the outfit is simple, try a really chunky necklace. If it’s busy, simpler jewelry will probably look better. Please do me a favor and don’t wear a long necklace over a sequined dress, it will get lost in the glitter and look like too much. Bracelets, rings, and earrings work better when you have a lot going on elsewhere. It’s all about balance!
So whether you’re gearing up for multiple glitzy and glamorous parties or you’re more inclined to sip egg nog with a few of your best friends, the key to looking fabulous for any occasion is balance your look with your accessories. And don’t be afraid to dress a little better than everyone else!
Holiday Fashion For All Ages - Good Housekeeping
Holiday Fashion and Beauty Guide – Marie Claire
Holiday Fashion & Accessories 2011 – InStyle
Holiday Fashion - Glamour
Dresses for Every Type of Holiday Party - Marie Claire