If you’re anything like us, holiday cheer doesn’t come in the form of Christmas cookie bake-offs and decking the halls — it’s all about the myriad of opportunities to put on the glitz (or throw on a crazy holiday sweater). Because sequins. Of course, a new partay-ready ensemble for every occasion may not be in the budget this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to surrender yourself to the same look for every soiree. With just one party dress, you can unlock a world of scene-stealing sartorial opportunities. This week’s Style Resolutions is showing you four different ways to rock one — yes, ONE — holiday dress all season long, because who doesn’t like getting the most bang for their buck?
HOW TO STYLE A HOLIDAY DRESS FOR PRE-HOLIDAY COCKTAILS
Playing the layering game is a clever way to switch up your after-dark look in a snap. For Christmas Eve cocktails or a swanky dinner date with bae, pop a satin midi skirt in a dramatic burgundy hue over a shimmery sequined dress for a show-stopping look. Up the edge and earn extra style points with a geometric clutch and don’t-mess cuff, then round out the look with classic ankle-strap heels and a swipe of pink lipstick. Swoon.
Zara Long Sequined Dress ($70) + H&M Satin Skirt ($35), H&M Spherical Circle Bag ($35), Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick Collection in Nude Spirit ($37), Joomi Lim Pixel Perfect Double Cuff With Crystals & Cubes ($330)
HOW TO STYLE A HOLIDAY DRESS FOR AN OFFICE PARTY
Who says you can’t go full-on festive while managing to keep your ensemble feeling HR-approved? Class up your go-to party dress (you know, that sassy sequined stunner) for the annual office holiday party with a boardroom-ready blazer (in of-the-moment velvet, of course) that’ll make you the talk of the water cooler come Monday. Team it with dreamy ankle-tie heels and a celestially inspired collar necklace for the ultimate balance of elegance and out-of-this-world glamour. And because no detail should go unnoticed, take a trusty crossbody bag to the next level with a fluffy pom-pom embellishment.
Zara Long Sequined Dress ($70) + Zara Velvet Blazer ($169), Ann Taylor Star Crystal Statement Necklace ($90), True Decadence Ankle Tie Detailed Heeled Shoes ($49), J.Crew Signet Bag in Italian Leather ($128), Loft Faux Fur Pom Pom Keychain ($15)
HOW TO STYLE A HOLIDAY DRESS FOR DATE NIGHT
Cold December nights call for a little extra oomph, and we think we’ve found it in this classy-yet-cool combo. Cover up in It girl-approved style by teaming a shimmery slip dress with a ladylike lace blouse with fabulously frilly cuffs (it’ll go over BIG with the ‘rents). Holiday #squadgoals achieved. Skip the glitter on the footwear front for added drama and dimension, opting instead for velvet lace-up heels that would look downright DDG styled alongside an asymmetric earcuff duo and streamlined clutch. If making an entrance is what you’re after, don’t even think about leaving the house without a leopard faux fur coat in tow.
HOW TO STYLE A HOLIDAY DRESS FOR A GNO
Modern glamour is your middle name, and this Insta-worthy ensemble is proof. As if the rose gold sequins weren’t already enough to swoon over, we went ahead and paired them with a quirky clutch and hot pink mules that any street style star would love. For an upcoming holiday GNO, team it with abstract hoops with artistic flair and a short faux fur jacket that brings the va-va-voom factor like none other.
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