If your month's agenda includes just one or two holiday parties, we'll say it right now: You've got this thing in the bag. A fun dress, some sparkly baubles, a clutch, killer heels, and bingo! Outfit accomplished. But, if you're a social butterfly with a dozen or so party invites, that perfect dress can only take so many repeat wears before it starts to feel a little meh.
Now, take heart — we would never suggest skipping a good soirée (especially if there's bubbly involved), so clearly, the answer lies in some strategic ensemble planning. With the help of some extra-stylish bloggers, we're showing you how to pull off two anything-but-ordinary holiday looks that'll work in every setting. So, yeah, go ahead and RSVP "yes" a few more times— you've got this!
Blogger Nife O. of Skinny Hipster has mastered the streamlined-and-polished combo with her sleek printed pants and of-the-moment peplum top. She keeps her overall look simple — but effective — with a single pattern, some statement jewels, and a tiny bit of colorblocking. The verdict? An insta-classic look for an office holiday party or straight-from-work happy hour.
Above, from left: J.Crew Cropped Printed Wool and Silk-blend Pants, $136.80, available at Net-A-Porter; Topshop Sleeveless Zip Peplum Top, $36, available at Topshop; ASOS Open Link Chain Collar Necklace, $21.11, available at ASOS; Diane von Furstenberg Judith Peep-toe Colorblock Bootie, $186, available at Neiman Marcus; Forever 21 Rectangular Rhinestone Bracelet, $14.80, available at Forever 21.
The best way to stay cozy and classy? Choose one major statement piece — in this case, a faux-fur vest — and round out your look with timeless staples, like a classic LBD, a leather satchel, and elegant pumps. Be Loud Be You scribe Krystin Hargrove does all of the above, concocting a festive-chic look that works for even the classiest seasonal soirées.
Above, from left: DKNY Grey Flannel Faux Fur Vest, $400, available at Stylebop; H&M Dress, $24.95, available at H&M; Miss KL Skinny Leather Belt, $8, available at Miss KL; Bauble Bar Gold Hinge Cuff, $28, available at Bauble Bar; Sam Edelman Pryce Pump, $199.95, available at Nordstrom; Zara Soft Bowling Bag, $49.90, available at Zara.
Photo: Courtesy of Be Loud Be You/Denisio Truitt