Sunday, December 1, 2013

What to wear to a Holiday party!

what to wear to a holiday party

Tis' the season to party! Fa la la la la...and if you're a woman like me, it's also the season for agonizing over what to wear. What does a good blogger do in such a situation? She plays dress up, then posts the results.

So today I (Jessica) am going to show you seven of my favorite outfits for any holiday party, with the hopes that I help you avoid some agonizing hours trying to decide what to wear. And as always, unless I tell you otherwise, it's from the thrift store! Here we go ladies:


 Vintage-y Glam for any party
This outfit works for when you want to look old school glamorous. On their own, the little black dress and gold accented accessories are a good outfit. But what really takes this look over the top is the vintage fox fur stole. I know real fur isn't for everyone, but even a fake fur upgrades a whole outfit from "good enough" to "glamorous lady." Tone this down for a more casual event by adding gold flats, and swapping the necklace for some stacked bangles. Keep the fur.
what to wear to a holiday party
Dress: Old Navy ($4)// Tights: Wal Mart ($6)// Bag: Banana Republic ($5)// Gold glittery shoes: ? ($2)// Fur: Vintage ($4)// Necklace: Jennifer Lopez for Khols ($0! Khols cash rocks)

The Accessories:
what to wear to a holiday party
1. This mixed metal necklace adds a little touch of modern flapper glam
2. Real fur? For $4? This stole adds just the perfect amount of luxury and vintage feel.
3. This Banana Republic polka dot bag looks like it's right out of the 1950's!
4. You can't go wrong over the holidays with sky-high glitter heels! These would make jeans look glam.

Dressy family affair
This look would work for a dressier family function, or get together during the day. The play of textures between the cashmere sweater, leather skirt and beaded clutch keep this outfit interesting and luxurious despite the simple colors and silhouettes. Throwing on a more casual pair of shoes works for daytime, but for night you could easily swap the wedges for black heels.
what to wear to a holiday party
Skirt: Wilson's leather ($6)// Cashmere sweater: Old Navy ($2)// Shoes: Steve Madden ($6)// Bag: Vintage ($3)// Necklace: Made by a friend of mine

what to wear to a holiday party
1. This crystal necklace was made for me by a talented friend, and is just perfect for the holidays! You literally can't go wrong with a dressy but neutral piece like this one. I could wear it with any of these outfits and it would look amazing.
2. This locally made vintage silver beaded clutch  just screams holiday party.
3. These more casual grey Steve Madden heels tone down the other fancy accessories with their wooden wedge heel.


Full-on cocktail party
This look is secretly really, really modest! (shhhh...bet you didn't notice that fact!) There is no cleavage, no short hemline, and no skintight anything. These facts actually make this outfit something you could wear to a work related function, or just to a fancy-pants cocktail party where you don't want to look like you're going clubbing. But it's far from boring! The cutouts on the arms, sequined skirt and slightly off-the-shoulder top make this outfit read as sexy while leaving practically everything to the imagination.

what to wear to a holiday party
Silk top: Express ($4)// Sequined skirt: Lord & Taylor ($6)// Tights: Wal Mart ($4)// Booties: Steve Madden ($9)// Clutch: Vintage ($3)// Necklace: Target ($1.36 - with a Target coupon!)

The Accessories:
what to wear to a holiday party
1. This vintage 60's mod clutch is a fun counterpart to the glam outfit. And it brings out the white feather pattern of the top.
2. These booties are the perfect neutral with the black tights. They'd also look great bare legged, because they're open-toed, but with the tights and black skirt make legs look super long and thin.
3. You just can't. Go. Wrong. With. Sequins. This skirt is at it's heart a basic black midi pencil skirt, and you'd never know it under all that sparkle.
4. This necklace from Target only adds to the all over dressed-up feel, while still being a little funky.


Casual holiday dinner with family or friends
This outfit works easily for a relaxed dinner or get-together at a friend or family member's house. The gold sparkly stripe in the sweater, cluster of gold bangles and neutral gold flats help upgrade this outfit from simply just jeans-and-a-sweater. Trading a big bag for a clutch says "party" even when the outfit is casual. This is actually what I wore to our casual family Thanksgiving dinner!
what to wear to a holiday party
Sweater: Unknown, ($6)// Jeans: Old Navy ($6)// Gold flats: Bass ($6)// Clutch: Oscar de la Renta ($2)// Bangles: Thrifted over time (?)

The Accessories:
what to wear to a holiday party
1. Gold flats read as neutral, but still dressed up. And they let you stay comfortable all day or night.
2. Mixed gold bangles ad an eclectic touch, and look like a collection (mine are!)
3. A pattern mixed vintage clutch stands out from the neutral colors of the outfit.
4. Surprise! This clutch is Oscar de la Renta! Hooray for thrifted designer duds.

Gift exchange and drinks
Weather it's your husband or your girlfriends, this outfit would work for dinner out at a nice restaurant to exchange gifts. The sweater dress is understated but sexy, with the short skirt being balanced out by long sleeves and higher neckline. Black tights and booties make legs look long, but don't do this look with anything but opaque tights! Sheer tights would make this veer towards inappropriate.
what to wear to a holiday party
Dress: Banana Republic ($6)// Tights: Wal Mart ($6)// Clutch: Unknown ($1.50)// Necklace: Vintage: ($1)// Booties: Steve Madden ($9)

The Accessories:
what to wear to a holiday party
1. This waist length necklace can also be worn doubled, or wrapped around the wrist as a bracelet. Left long it plays against the short proportions of the dress.
2. The quilting on this black clutch makes it a fun textural element in an otherwise flat outfit.
3. These are the same Steve Madden booties you saw in the full-on-cocktail party outfit. I love 'em, they go with everything and make legs look super long over opaque black tights.


Christmas at home (but with company):
This outfit is perfect for hosting Christmas morning at your own house. No one wants to be in cocktail attire first thing in the morning, so this combo of subtly festive green leggings and a giant super soft angora sweater make you feel like you're still in your jammies. Belt the sweater, add some glam earrings, and throw on some moccasins that are as soft as slippers and you'll look polished but comfy.
what to wear to a holiday party
Sweater: **// Leggings: Wal Mart ($6)// Belt: Target ($1)// Moccasins: Vintage & handmade ($4)// Earrings: Made by ME!

The Accessories:
what to wear to a holiday party
1. Earrings, made by me! A variation on this tutorial here. These add just a little bit of sparkle and and play up the earthy elements in the moccasins and animal print belt.
2. My leopard print belt (which you can also see here). I love a splash of pattern at my natural waist! I have a really long waist, so belting sweaters makes me look more proportionate. Bonus! The pattern highlights the narrowest part of your torso when you're wearing a bulky sweater.
3. Handmade moccasins are stylish but super, super soft. And they're yet another soft textural piece that screams comfort.

Really, really creative
This outfit is not for the faint of heart. It takes a certain kind of event to rock a Star Wars tee and sequined skirt.* But if you've got a party where the dress code is (much) more creative then classically required, go with it! Own that Star Wars tee! My husband has a very funky, creative work environment, so this is absolutely something I would wear to his office holiday party. Or to holiday drinks out with girlfriends.

*this is the outfit I wanted to wear to my friend's wedding this summer, except with this tee instead. Hilary convinced me the outfit I chose was more...shall we say...appropriate for a wedding. She was totally right, but I still love this outfit.
what to wear to a holiday party
Star wars tee: ? Thrifted ($4)// Sequined skirt: Lord & Taylor ($6)// Booties: JustFab ($10)// Necklace: Blue Moon Beads ($1.29)// Clutch: HOBO International ($3)

The Accessories:
what to wear to a holiday party
1. A bright, chunky statement necklace brings attention up away from the sequins and dresses up the casual tee.
2. This basic clutch in a muted red compliments the outfit, without becoming yet another focal point.
3. These booties from JustFab are casual, but feminine. You can't see, but they actually have leather bows on the back! They are adorable and you'd never guess they are super comfy to walk in either.
4. Star Wars shirt! This shirt is epic. That is all.

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So there you have my favorite 7 outfits for holiday parties! I hope you had tons of fun watching my dress up session. Since we've come to the end, I'd love to hear from all of you! What are some of your favorite holiday party go-to looks and pieces? Let us know in the comments below!

~Jessica

20 comments:

  1. I like your outfit for the cocktail party. Personally, I think I would nix the necklace and let the top/skirt combo speak for itself, but I tend to under-do things than over-do. :) I also love the sequin skirt paired with the Star Wars shirt! I would totally wear that combo all the time! :)

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    1. Stacia, it's funny you say that because I was actually wondering the same thing! I tend to under-do things as well, but on camera it doesn't read as exciting, and I've been really pushing myself to get more creative. Originally I was going to wear the gold sparkly shoes with this outfit, but THAT would have surely been overkill.

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  2. Okay...love love the sparkly skirt, gray dress, and of course the nerd gear star wars:) PETA will murder you for the fur bit I don't care! The stole is my FAVORITE thing!! I love fur. I'd totally buy it econdhand if my thrift stores had some! Okay, delete my comment or they'll get me too!! (What did the fox say? Nothing, you're wearing him. ) oh, I'm in so much trouble!

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    1. Thanks Amy! I wondered about wearing real fur (and this isn't the only piece of real fur I own, either) but in the end I decided to just own it. I LOVE this stole! And it was thrifted, so it is actually eco friendly unless they somehow figure out a way to give naked foxes back their fur! And your "fox say?" comment totally make me crack up!

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  3. Amy, your "fox say" comment killed me! (You see what I did there?) But on a serious note, I think vintage fur is perfectly fine. I wouldn't buy new, as it's not really an industry I want to encourage, but older furs? Sure, why not? And so damn glamorous!

    Jessica, how bad is it that I want to hit you over the head and steal all your cool tee-shirts? It's terrible, right? Drat. Well, my evilness doesn't actually extend to clobbering my friends (although I'll gladly steal their clothes), and your face is too cute for bumps anyway! Kudos on that shirt/sequin skirt combo! I am in love! That would win at any holiday party I can picture myself going to, as I have very casual circles. As always, thank you so much for the fun fashion!

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    1. Suzy, I appreciate your appreciation of my awesome tee shirts, but MINE MINE MINE!!! Lol. I love my sequins + Star Wars combo, too! I also agree completely with your assessment of the fur industry, and all of my furs are either thrifted or family heirlooms (my great grandparents owned Nigbor Furs in Wisconsin, you can see one of their vintage ads here: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1499&dat=19561205&id=1u9QAAAAIBAJ&sjid=nSUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5050,3927560)

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