How to Be the Best-Dressed Person at Every Holiday Party
When you boil it down, standing out from the crowd is actually pretty easy. Three words: Wear. Something. Different. It’s not about wearing the most expensive clothes, or even the fanciest clothes; it’s about making a statement. And there’s no simpler way to do this than to veer from the rest of the fashion pack, even if only a by a few degrees. This means eschewing the tried-and-true LBD for, say, a sleek black jumpsuit (perhaps this one, which masquerades as a dress?), or ditching the sequined dress for sequined pants (obviously).
Easier said than done, perhaps. We’ve long been told, after all, that LBDs go a long way. And they do; they’re reliable, dependable, sturdy wardrobe workhorses that bear the brunt of our But what do I wear?! freak-outs. But as good as fail-safes are, they can sometimes be, well, safe. And standing apart is anything but.
A few go-to tips for ruling the night:
1. Wear pants. Or culottes. Or a jumpsuit. Anything but a dress.
It seems most people immediately jump to the cocktail dress for a party. But don’t! Go for pants. Go for sequin pants. Go for shiny pink silk pants (seriously, check these out). Remember Tome’s emerald green wide-leg culottes? Think of those when getting dressed.
3. Have fun with your bag (or your shoes).
The easiest way to inject an extra little something-something into your look is with your bag. Kate Spade has season-appropriate hard clutches (a gift-wrapped present! a champagne bucket!), and Charlotte Olympia’s still the queen of conversation-starting bags, though they’ll cost you more (how about a facial profile rendered in perspex?). Or go for a big poof of faux fur. Why not?
4. Redefine sexy.
Forget short-short. My favorite way to show skin in a non-Real Housewife way is to wear a robe-like silhouette, like this slinky bronze dress. Keep hair loose and unfussy (give the straightener a night off!) and jewelry minimal. Now slink in there like you own the place, you vixen, you.
5. Wear all one color. (But try not to fall back on black.)
A head-to-toe color scheme (or neck-to-knees; you can have fun with your shoes) is super-chic. See this look for inspiration. Festive, no?
6. Or all colors at once!
Ready to party? Go get ’em.