Starting with a turkey carve and ending with a ball drop, the holiday marathon of parties, get-togethers, fetes, and kikis is something most people look forward to every year. It’s a time when you learn how to turn passed apps into dinner, when your fizzy drink intake goes through the roof, and when nights in with Seamless and Netflix become fewer and farther between. You’ve got things to do and people to see — but somehow, nothing to wear.
Before you put on last year’s dress and strappy heels yet again, see what else in your closet could transform into a party look. If you think in separates and clever layering, you can make your clothes work as hard as you do — which means unique outfits to get you through to 2015 (with a couple combinations to spare). With just 10 items (many of which you likely already own), we’ve concocted 14 special-feeling ensembles that are so much more interesting than your safe LBD. Here's your playbook on what to wear everywhere from your swanky office shindig to your friend’s holiday housewarming.