asked and answered: what to wear to that holiday party

Some of you told me you’d be curious about my advice for holiday party attire. And, since this is officially the week for holiday parties and I know I’m you’re fretting about what to wear, I thought I’d pass on some of my favorite “rules of thumb” for holiday party outfits.

First, let’s ditch the dresses, shall we? I mean, I love a good festive frock, don’t get me wrong, but they’re single-use beasts that we always get in our heads we can’t wear again. I’d rather go for separates – they’re more flexible, generally more weather-appropriate (bare legs + snow is not chic), and excellent for re-purposing.

For me, a gorgeous formal jacket is a go-to for the holidays. I have a classic cream tux jacket I wear to death this time of year, but I’m also a big fan of jacquard and velvet for the holidays. The beauty of something like this is you can pair it with nearly anything and look instantly party-ready. Over a sheath dress, or skinny black trousers and a silk tee, add a long necklace or some great earrings, heels and you’re done. Added advantage? If you’re an office-dweller, this ensemble is a cinch for after-work fetes, since you can just keep the blazer and jewelry in your car, and swap it out on your way.

 what to wear to holiday parties asked and answered: what to wear to that holiday party

Stella McCartney jacquard blazer (another gorgeous option here), $590 + 20% off w/code GIFTED20 | Baublebar Maharaja studs, $36 | Anthropologie Colorblock silk tee, $118 | Rachel Zoe Franco t-strap heels, $198 + 20% off w/code EXTRA20OFF (other great sale options here) | J.Crew stovepipe trouser, $168 + 30% off w/code GIFTNOW

Another staple I’ll always have on hand this time of year is a pair of tuxedo pants. Mine are a little outdated, truth be told – I’m thinking this may be the year to update them with a slimmer-fitting, ankle-skimming version. Like the jacket, the beauty of the tux pant is versatility and simplicity. Just add a silk blouse or a gorgeous sweater in a festive color, then let your accessories really dress this up for the holidays. Add a great statement necklace and a really fantastic, maybe slightly crazy heel, and you’re done.  (A side note: tuxedo leggings seem to be a thing this season. Please resist the temptation. Invest in a classic cut and not only will it be more flattering, it will be in style for much, much longer.)

what to wear for the holidays asked and answered: what to wear to that holiday party

Tory Burch Etta sweater, $270 (another great option here) | DKNY pull-on skinny trousers, $235 (more here and here) | Jason Wu Lily heels, $476 (more here. What? It’s the holidays…treat yourself!) | Fallon pearl necklace, $200

Now, tell me – what’s your go-to outfit for this year’s holiday bash?

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