The festive holiday party season has officially arrived. From corporate Christmas cocktail parties to ugly sweater get-togethers, this is certainly a busy time of year for your social life. Want to knock ‘em dead from now til New Year’s Eve? Read on for holiday style tips that will ensure you look stunning at every fete.

After Work Cocktail Affair

Heading to a holiday happy hour after a long day at the office? It’s easy to transform from day to night using a few key pieces. Start with a solid color shift dress in a neutral tone like black, gray, or plum. Add a multicolored infinity scarf and cardigan for your day at work, finishing with a messy bun. For the evening soiree, replace the scarf with a statement necklace, lose the sweater, and let your hair down. Complete the look with a swipe of silver shadow across your lids and a classic red lip.

Girls Night Gift Exchange

Exchanging pleasantries – and presents – with your besties is done best at a low-key affair complete with champagne and lots of laughs. Believe it or not, silky pajamas are actually very chic right now – not to mention totally comfy. But this look needs to be done right, otherwise, you may be mistaken for a strange theme party guest. Opt for a sexy blouse paired with high-waisted pants and heels. Add a fun brooch and gold earrings to finish the look. Don’t forget a fun hostess gift!

Ugly Sweater Party

The ugly sweater party has been a holiday tradition for most of this century and is often when friends compete for most creative – and gaudy – outfit possible. When searching for a legit holiday sweater, begin at thrift shops and resale stores such as Ragstock, Goodwill, or Unique Thrift. You can also DIY an original by purchasing a plain sweater and adding puffy paint, sequins, applique, or buttons. A big question when creating a look for this party is how to remain cute when the theme is ugly. The key is to accessorize properly; keep your makeup simple, striving to bring out natural beauty. Add a pair of diamond studs or a unique hair piece – just don’t distract from the main event.

Intimate Pot Luck

For that dinner party with your cousins/in-laws/neighbors, you want to look put together but not over the top. Stick with simple yet timeless pieces such as sweaters or tunics with leggings. Keep your hair up if it’s longer so you can avoid having to move it out the way. Pick up a cute headband just for fun. A nude manicure is always in and goes with everything. Opt for boots with cute socks since you will probably be leaving your shoes at the door anyways.

Flashy New Year’s Eve Fete

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest party nights of the year, with people of all ages painting the town gold and celebrating all to come. A little black dress is always timeless and can be embellished with ease. Try a large cocktail ring with a bold lip, opting for an eclectic shade ala Kendall Jenner. Sky-high heels always look fab, but not if there’s eight feet of snow on the ground. Instead, pick up some velvet flats that offer a bit of traction while also looking great. Dust highlighting powder on your cheekbones and you’ll be ready to dance until the dawn.


by Rachelle Gordon