A typically fun evening out (dancing! drinks! sparkling accessories!) can turn troublesome when you realize you need to top off your cocktail dress with something that'll add a necessary degree of warmth when you're sans coat at the party. To help, we've crafted three outfits that show chic cover-ups doing what they do best — fighting sleeveless-dress-related goosebumps while adding something to your overall look (instead of taking something away).
A black leather jacket will add an instant, easy dose of downtown style to anything. If you're worried about it looking too bulky or casual, then look for a shawl collar style. The blazer's another smart layering piece — we recommend picking one in a festive metallic or bright shade to avoid looking too corporate. And there's no time like a Winter shindig to bring out a spot of playful fur. Faux versions often look best in colors, rather than a more natural brown or black. For a modern cut, look for a bracelet sleeve that flashes some wrist, and make sure it hits right at the natural waist, rather than covering your backside. Love these picks? Shop them here.
Shop left to right, top to bottom: Muu Baa leather jacket ($238, originally $475), Iris & Ink metallic jacquard blazer ($310), Topshop faux-fur cropped jacket ($158), Modern Citizen shift dress ($89), Bailey 44 dress ($202), Diane von Furstenberg stretch-jersey dress ($300), Stuart Weitzman black booties ($430), Fendi fur-trimmed ankle boots ($1,323, originally $1,890), Aldo court shoes ($127)