It’s the season to celebrate, and the hot trend for parties is short dresses. If you’ve got great legs, this is the look for you. So show ’em off in a sassy party dress. And if you dare, add textured hose in a rich hue with heels—and your style-o-meter will skyrocket.
Here are a few tips to help you navigate the holiday party scene with style.
- The “little black dress” is a classic and elegant option for most holiday celebrations, but what do you do if black just isn’t your color? Try another color! Your perfect cocktail dress could be navy or bronze or champagne… or red. Don’t be afraid to break out of the “black box.” You will stand out when you are the only gal at the party not wearing black.
- Don’t overload on the bling. Diamonds are always in style, but wear too much and you’ll look like a rap artist. If you have sparkling earrings, a necklace, bracelet, and rings, it’ll look like you’ve robbed a jewelry store. Take off one of the four, or if your pieces are real (and spectacular), take it down to two.
- Accessories are vital to keeping your holiday look fabulous. Which means no daytime leather handbags or shoes (go with silk/satin fabrics, metallic, or patent leather). Your wrap could be a cashmere pashmina or a lovely evening jacket, not your date’s suit jacket.
- If you’re wearing the same dress to different events, change your accessories to change your look. Also, change your hairstyle and makeup. Get the professionals to give you a sophisticated updo and sexy, smoky eyes.
- “Black-tie optional” means women should wear a cocktail dress or dinner suit (with a skirt or slacks). Men can wear a tuxedo, but it’s not mandatory. If a tuxedo is not in your man’s wardrobe, a dark suit (black or navy) with a French cuff dress shirt (the kind that requires cuff links) and a silk necktie are just fine. A man who has two black-tie events per year should own a tuxedo—that way, he’s not shelling out $100 rental fees each time.