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The Decorative Cutout
Perforated cutouts add an unusual decorative element to this sweet-yet-subversive, pretty-but-tough, pleather party frock. Albrecht says her "hybrid" style combines humor and beauty, masculine and feminine sensibilities, and this dress is a playful embodiment of those contradictions. It's perfect for any holiday festivity.
Betsey Johnson dress. Shop similar styles at Nordstrom Rack.
The Gilded Heel
"You can get away with much more gold around the holidays," says Albrecht. "I am unabashedly addicted to gold on anything" — including the most unexpected details like the heel of a bootie. The subtle sheen allows your ensemble to transition seamlessly from work to party.
BCBGeneration bootie. Shop similar styles at Nordstrom Rack.
The Grunged-Up Sequin
An updated take on the ubiquitous sequin: Do it in plaid. "I can’t kick the grunge trend," says Albrecht, citing her mania for anything checkered. A sequined, tartan pencil skirt has both grit and glamour — pair it with a black tee and tough booties for the ultimate anti-party-girl outfit.
Nicole Miller sequin skirt. Shop similar styles at Nordstrom Rack.
The Leather Panel
"I'm looking for a statement coat," says Albrecht. "Something in a new pattern or cut than your usual cold-weather go-to." This collarless jacket has visual flair in the form of leather panels and, paired with leather pants, makes for a badass — and warm — alternative to the standard party frock.
Ella Moss jacket. Shop similar styles at Nordstrom Rack.
The Wrapping-Paper-Worthy Print
When it comes to holiday dressing, Albrecht doesn't just go for the smattering of sparkle. "Treat yourself like a present," she advises, recommending punching up a standard black dress with a bold print. A geometric pattern is unusual for a winter party frock, but the metallic green color makes it season appropriate.
Kenneth Cole New York dress. Shop similar styles at Nordstrom Rack.