What to last-minute wear to that one last holiday party

Are you holiday partied out yet? Well, there’s one more weekend to go before all you’ll have to worry about is what to wear to Christmas (oh, and New Year’s ugh). Personally, I haven’t had a ton of soirees to go to this season, but I did get double booked last Saturday and had a minor freakout over what to wear. Yes, even stylists have freakouts. May I remind you of beltgate 2011? Must be something about this time of year. I tend to avoid the sparkly dress choice (although there’s nothing wrong with that). For me, it just gets old after a while. Instead, here are two options that can act as refreshing alternatives to the standard sparkle frock. And these you can also rock on Christmas day/eve/new year’s/and so forth and so on.


This is the outfit I chose to wear last weekend. I started with items I already owned: black slim pants, and a black button-down. Then I added a funky vintage necklace, my fancy shoes, and a winter white blazer. Thankfully, I already had most of the pieces in my closet, so the blazer was the only item I had to shop for. The strategy here is to try and work with what you’ve got. And then if you have to shop, you can narrow it down to one item, instead of the entire outfit.

So in this instance, if you don’t have:

black pants…. try a pair of black jeans, or dark blue denim.

a black button-down…. try a simple black cotton tee or tank underneath. Or a white button-down will work just as well.

a chunky funky necklace…. bust out a big pair of earrings, or a colorful silk scarf.

I found my white blazer at Mango, but you can also try places like Zara, Theory, or even H&M.

images from j.crew


Another option is to go the mix-and-match-J.Crew route. If you don’t know what that is, pick up any of their catalogues and you’ll get it. Casual with fancy, head to toe. So if you already have a classic sweater and modest ¬†pumps, make your lunch hour shopping trip all about finding a fun skirt or pant.

If you don’t have:

a classic sweater…. try a nice (not ratty) jersey top.

pumps…. try a bootie or even a sleek knee-high boot. Not a riding boot though; stick to something with a heel. Or if you do the pants, you can rock an elegant flat.

You can find schmancy skirts and pants at J.Crew, Zara, and Macy’s (look for Rachel Rachel Roy, Bar III, and BCBG brands).

Have fun, and remember not to stress too much about what to wear. Ha, yeah right.



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