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There’ll be parties for hosting…

December 8, 2010

The other day, I was sitting on my couch, having the kind of mental crisis I’ve been having a lot lately: I have to leave in an hour to go to this… THING… and I have no idea what to wear. In this case, the… THING… was a swanky reception followed by the holiday tour of homes in town. Fun, festive, catered by Ruth’s Chris and something I’d never dressed for before. Plus, it was about 30 degrees out and windy.

It would be an understatement to say that December is a festive time of year. There are office parties, family gatherings, last-minute drinks-with-friends, religious festivities and sometimes the occasional wedding thrown in, just to keep things interesting. And, to top it all off, there’s snow, sleet or at least a wind-chill factor to consider. It’s enough to make a girl want to sit on the couch watching Lifetime in her Snuggie.

But that is not an option.

So I sucked it up and threw on some tights, some boots, a polka-dot shift dress and my purple coat and took myself down to the party. Turns out, nearly everyone I saw was wearing jeans tucked into boots. So maybe I was a tiny bit overdressed. So what? Repeat after me: ain’t no shame in being overdressed.

But there’s no point in being uncomfortable, either and, if I’m honest with you and myself, those gals in boots and jeans were probably warmer than I was.

The afternoon or casual evening party

Whether by edict of the host or the venue, sometimes parties are festively casual. It’s fun, but it can be a challenge to dress for. Instead of falling into the dark-denim-tucked-into-boots trap, as comfortable a trap it is, play up your basics with festive touches. Pair a festive skirt with a cozy sweater or put a sequin top over a wool mini or, um, your favorite dark denim tucked into boots. If you’re going with a skirt, choose a pair of opaque or patterned tights and patent or embellished shoes. Flats are, of course, appropriate, provided they are appropriately baubbled. Another option is to layer a long-sleeved blouse or tee under a dressier sheath dress, worn with opaque tights and knee-high boots.

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The office party

I’m not sure what’s more difficult: dressing for your own holiday party or dressing for your partner’s. There are a lot of variables here and it’s one of those situations when it does actually matter what you wear. I’m generally not an advocate of the LBD, unless the B stands for blue or brocade or something else interesting, but if there’s a situation that the LBD is made for, this is one. A knee-length sheath with a higher neckline and cap sleeves in a matte black silk crepe is ideal for these kinds of day-to-night events. Wear flats and pearls during the day and swap them out for heels and bling at night.

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The cocktail party

Perhaps the easiest of all possible options. Go to your closet. Get out your cocktail dress, sheer black hose or sparkly black tights and black patent pumps. Head to your nearest discount store or vintage shop and pick out your favorite faux fur chubby or capelet. While you’re there, pick up all the faux pearls you can find. Put everything on with a swipe of red lipstick and you’re good to go.

Don’t have a cocktail dress? First, 40 lashes with a wet noodle. Then, look for something in a heavy satin in a jewel tone. Although black silk always works. Spend a bit of money here and choose something timeless because you’ll be wearing this one as long as you can zip it up.

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What are you wearing to all of your holiday fetes?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. December 8, 2010 4:17 am

    ain’t no shame in being overdressed!
    AMEN X 1,000,000.

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