New Year’s Eve is coming up. One thing I love about the holiday season is dressing up. I absolutely adore having an excuse to put on red lipstick and heels, especially since San Francisco is usually so casual. When pondering what to wear to a party, the most typical answer is, “a party dress;” however, I hate shopping for party dresses. Most of them are either really cheap and tacky, or they are really expensive and you can only wear them to a couple parties before you feel like everyone has seen you in that particular dress. I don’t go there because I prefer to buy items of clothing that are ethical and well made, and they tend to be more expensive. If I’m going to buy items like these, I want them to go the distance. That means a garment needs to work just as well for the work holiday party, as well as, the meeting I have to attend earlier that day and the brunch I’m hosting with my gal pals on Sunday.
Because of this, I am presenting you with a guide, 3 Party Outfit Ideas for Women Who Don’t Buy Party Dresses. I’m going to show you how you can take staple items in your closet, a knit jersey wrap dress, jumpsuit, and t-shirt dress, and make them party ready. It’s not hard, the trick is to accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! See these examples below:
The Jumpsuit: Here I'm styling our Penelope Jumpsuit for the New Years Holiday. Nothing says, "Happy New Year" like some gold accents. I love the combo of cobalt, gold, and black. Try a velvet blazer over the jumpsuit to stay warm on a chilly, late December evening. Velvet is very on trend, and this one from Mango is great!
The Wrap Dress: Here I'm styling out the Lola Dress in wine. I love how the belt will add some waist definition and adding in the red accents in the jewelry and lipstick has a chic, monochromatic look. The over the knee boots add a huge helping of sex appeal. These ones by Stuart Weizman are a bit of an investment, but they are pretty incredible. If an over the knee boot is a bit much for you, an ankle boot would work, as well.
The T-shirt Dress: Nothing is more comfortable than a t-shirt dress, and here, I'm styling our Stephanie Dress for the New Year. The Stephanie Dress is great because it can be worn belted or loose and artsy, and you can do it either way for this look depending on your personal style and body type. For this look, I am pairing a fun, colorful shoe with some striking accessories and a played up eye. I like a nude lipstick with a dramatic eye, but it is a party, so if you long for a red lip with your green eye shadow, get crazy!
Now, go out and have an amazing New Years Eve...be safe, have fun, and find someone (a spouse, a stranger, your kids, your cat, anyone, really) to kiss at midnight!
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