This month kicks off party season: a time for merrymaking, egg nog, and gift giving. When you’re swept up in the spirit of good tidings and you know you’ll be spending money on gifts and flights home, the last thing you want is to worry about your wardrobe.
What you need is a reliable party dress you can wear on multiple occasions this season — a chic, flattering silhouette like this velvet Zara option. It’s under $70, and we’ve styled it with all the necessary festive accoutrements for four very different types of occasions. Looking for accessories for a sophisticated night out? Try Vince Camuto’s sleek metallic minaudière, then add a pair of strappy black heels. Need to stay warm on New Year’s Eve?Marciano’s cozy faux-fur cape is perfect for the occasion.
Click ahead to find styling inspiration for four seasonal parties, from Christmas dinner at your mom’s to New Year’s with your friends.