November 1 through January 1 is my favorite time of year to get dressed. The reason is simple: Anything goes during party season. In fact, it’s encouraged to go all out; layer on the fancy, the dramatic, the sparkly. Become a disco ball. It’s a maximimalist’s dream and it only happens once a year. But while extravagance is the name of the game, it’s not the Wild West — there’s an art to party dressing, and it starts with one or two stunning pieces you can easily build upon. Curating the perfect holiday wardrobe takes time, which is something most of us are running short on this time of year. Luckily, I’ve laid the groundwork for you. Visions of party pieces have been dancing in my head all season long, and just like sugar plums, they’re deliciously sweet.
I love to see it; a basic sweater made not-so-basic thanks to a subtle yet effective detail. In this case, feathers transform this otherwise simple knit into something occasion-worthy — without sacrificing comfort.
Embellished, Metallic Heels
From a jeans-and-sweater combo to an LBD, these heels will make even your simplest looks feel festive and fresh. They’re the ultimate holiday exclamation point for any outfit. They also happen to be my dream party shoes.
Mixed Media Black Midi Dress
Every party wardrobe needs a little black dress. For the holidays, said dress requires a touch of pizazz. I’m all about the sparkling crystal mesh that serves as the bottom half of this LBD. It’s the kind of touch that separates the style mavens from the neophytes.
Silver Mini Bag
Your arm candy of choice can make or break your entire look. Don’t be caught toting something boring. I love a bag that doesn’t shy away from center stage, and this silver beauty, while petite, packs a powerful punch.
Party pants are very much a thing, and these trousers understood the assignment. I love them for their unrivaled shine, tailored fit, and surprising versatility. But most of all, I love their ability to turn a simple black t-shirt into an outfit that turns heads.
Hear me out: While a white button-down isn’t innately a party piece, it’s important to have one in your arsenal. When you’ve got a gorgeous pair of pants or a standout skirt, this top will match their elegance while letting the main attraction shine. It’s a smart way to look put-together without much effort. Just don’t forget a sparkling accessory or two.
Gold Statement Earrings
Sparkly jewels are quintessential holiday classics. However, if you’re like me and tend to prefer something sleeker, bold and gold is your answer. Earrings like these, for example, are the only piece of jewelry your outfit will need.
Faux Fur Jacket
Staying warm doesn’t have to be dull. Liven up your look with a glamorous outer layer you won’t want to take off. It’s pretty jackets like this one that, for me, make winter more tolerable.
Relaxed Velvet Pant
Suiting up for the holidays is my definition of timeless style. Details like a relaxed straight leg, pleated tailoring, and understated shine come together beautifully to make these pants a forever favorite. Pair with the matching blazer for a true holiday statement look.
Vegan Leather Metallic Skirt
Making a grand entrance is easy in an eye-catching piece like this skirt. I especially love it styled with a neutral sweater. It gives “festive” without trying too hard.
Red Velvet Mary Janes
As a city girl, comfort and ease are at the top of my list when it comes to footwear. These polished flats are a stylish alternative to heels that feel just as special and are just as fun to wear. I can see myself working the room all night in these.
Tinsel Tweed Blazer
The holiday party circuit deserves nothing less than the merriest, most dazzling, head-turning pieces your closet has to offer. And if your existing wardrobe falls short? Spring for a glittery blazer like this one. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong.
Embellished Black Dress
From black-tie affairs and exciting nights on the town to intimate dinner gatherings, this dress is a catch-all, one-and-done piece fit for any holiday occasion. Realizing the “dots” that cover the dress are actually tiny rhinestones made me fall in love with it even more.
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