Clothes call: What to wear to the holiday cocktail party
Milk and cookies power Santa throughout the Christmas season. Us? We’re totally incentivized by a good glass of Merlot and a glitzy new party dress to make us merry and, well, bright.
Start checking “yes” and RSVP to those holiday cocktail parties (finally, some soirees that don’t require us to bring cupcakes or don ugly sweaters!) and be ready to frock n’ roll throughout December in these party-worthy outfits.
Luxe winter fabrics like jacquard, boucle and brocade give dresses that extra fancy feel during the holiday season, especially when you mix the rich fabrics with fun details like shimmery metallics, beading, sparkles or lace. San & Soni’s gilt jacquard dress, $248 from Anthropologie, combines a glitzy gold jacquard dress with elegant floral lace sleeves. If you can’t wait until New Year’s Eve to go all-out glam, we don’t blame you. Apply some fake eyelashes and bat your eyes at the Art Deco-inspired Pisarro Nights embellished cocktail dress, $148, Nordstrom, with beads and sequins and a scalloped hemline.
From subtle details on blouses to being the fabric of choice on dresses, velvet has made a mighty resurgence this winter. (Trust us, it’s a far cry from the crushed velvet made popular in the late 1960s and ’70s). The sophisticated fabric is perfect for a swanky night out. Try pairing Prayal Pratap’s embroidered peplum velvet top, $278 from Anthropologie, with your fave pair of black skinnies and a bright red lip. Or, wear your special strand of pearls with the Eva Mendes Collection Maria velvet dress, $79.95 from New York and Company for a more classic look.
All that glitters
Already have a dress or outfit ready to go for the holiday party hopping season? Just accessorize with a little sparkle to look extra haute and make your ensemble holiday-ready. Tying your hair back in a chignon bun? Add a rhinestone scalloped headband, $6.90 from Forever 21. And we love a simple dress with some elegant drop earrings, like the mixed stone statement earrings, $39.50 from Ann Taylor.