Fashion Q & A: What to Wear to Holiday Parties
Your calendar is filling up, but is your wardrobe ready? Here’s what to wear to the top holiday events.(6 Photos)
What to Wear to Holiday Parties
Click forward to find out what to wear to wow at every event you attend this holiday season!
The Event: Office Party
The scene: Don’t get carried away just because it’s after 5 p.m. Mingling with co-workers and higher-ups, you’ll want to maintain your polished and professional exterior while still making a celebratory effort.
The outfit: A chic pantsuit + Statement jewelry + Oversize clutch. Think outside the LBD box and use the power of a chic suit to your advantage. A white tuxedo style blazer and pants is simple but striking, and authoritative. Layer a black top underneath and complete the picture with statement jewels and an oversize clutch.
Try: Jessica Tux Blazer, $70 (on sale for $42 until Dec 2), and Wide Leg Pants, $50 ($25 until Dec 2), Sears
Rachel Metallic Envelope Clutch, $35, www.eluxe.ca
Mission Ring, $15, AldoSears; eLuxe; Aldo
The Event: Fam Jam
The scene: Well, it depends on your family…but you can pretty much count on pitching in and tidying up - plus having your sister, mom or in-laws critique your outfit (and life!) Balancing comfort with high style is key.
The outfit: Maxi Dress + Radiant Knit + Vintage Necklace + Chic Socks. That’s right, a maxi dress! Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean that warm weather silhouette loses its ability to be comfortable and stylish. In fact, a maxi means less tugging than with a shorter hemline and no restrictive middle so you can indulge without the waistband reminder. Dress it up with a dazzling cardigan, a could-be-vintage necklace and put your best socked-foot forward in a stylish pattern. Then, enjoy the egg nog!
Try: Maxi Dress, $98, RW & Co.
Sequin Stripes Cardigan, $80, Mango
Tasso Necklace, $48, Anthropologie
Snowflake Boot Sock, $13, www.ae.com
RW&Co.; Mango; Anthropologie; American Eagle Outfitters
The Event: Neighbourhood Open House
The scene: There’s usually a lot happening with crowds coming and going, so while you’re catching up with community members you’ll also likely be helping out and managing kids. Comfort and style should tie as your top priority.
The outfit: A Pretty Top + Comfy Jeans + A Bit of Sparkle. Put a suitably festive twist on the easy-to-wear jeans and T-shirt uniform. Swap denim for velvet, solid cotton for lovely lace, a pretty peplum shape (or both!), add glittering extras and, presto change-o, you’re set.
Try: Lace Peplum Top, $69, Jacob
Matchstick Velvet Jeans, $128, J. Crew
Boutique 9 Aldenia Balle Flats, $130, Nine West
Italian Crystal Bracelet, $40, WinnersJacob; J Crew; Nine West; Winners
The Event: New Year's Eve
The scene: You’ve more than earned a night out. It’s a chance to re-connect, relax, reflect on the past year – and have some adults-only fun – no crayons or spilt juice in sight. We’ll raise a glass to that!
The outfit: A Sexy Dress + Statement Jewelry + Party Heels. Dress up, literally! A fabulous frock is all in the details, so look for extra special touches to make you feel the same way. Example: a fluttering drape on the back of a halter dress is just what the style doctor ordered. Add elegant jewelry and shoes that declare ‘Tonight is all about fun!’ And keep things - from conversation to accessories - light. Grab a clutch for the bare essentials.
Try: Martin Lim for Reitmans Lola dress, $85, Reitmans
Shanghai Earrings, $150, Swarovski
Enzo Angiolini Trace2 Slingback Peep Toe heels, $105, The Bay
Satin Weave Clutch, $50, Le Château
Reitmans; Swarovski; The Bay; Le Chateau
Ingrie Williams is a stylist, editor and writer who specializes in translating the latest fashion and beauty trends into real looks for real women. Her work has appeared in the pages of national magazines such as glow and Chatelaine. Ingrie appears regularly on CityLine as a style expert. You can follow her quest for stylish living at Twitter.com/ingriewilliams.