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Holiday Cocktail Parties: What to Wear

12.05.2012 WRITTEN BY Ellie Style Guide

Let’s not deny it, the holidays are stressful. There’s the shopping, the cooking, the cards, the decorating and we’re not even going to get into all the family stuff. What we will get into is how to make sure you look festive and bright this holiday season amid all the wonderful chaos. So as those cocktail party invites roll in, gladly check accept knowing you have this cheat sheet to Holiday Cocktail Parties (compiled by our Tog + Porter stylists) just a click away.

First tip– it’s all about the accessories. Opt for a dress with clean lines in a solid color of the season. Our favorites are emerald green, lipstick red, and oxblood. Navy, metallic gold and black are also always good choices. To stand out from the crowd, personalize the look with a beaded blazer, metallic tights, a statement necklace, earring or fabulous handbag.

Sequins are also big this season, try using them in an unexpected way, like on a blazer or cardigan. And last, but not least–don’t forget to coordinate your nail color to polish off your ensemble.

If shimmer and shine are not your way to holiday. Perfect the print for a stop-and-stare ensemble.  An interesting way to add some pizzazz to your look that allows you to keep the shape and style simple and let the piece do all the talking.  Pair this major moment back to minimal accessories and simple shoes for a packaged look head to toe.


Don’t think you have enough time to get it all done and still pull off great style. Let us do all the work for you. Schedule your style consult today and wait for your holiday style to arrive on your doorstep.

For more tips on holiday attire, check out our guide on What to Wear to Holiday Office Parties.

(images via Nastygal.com, Neiman Marcus, BCBG, Saks, Sam Edelman, CC Skye, Luxury Clutches, VampyVarnish.com)

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