If you find yourself relying on the same outfit formula for hitting the party circuit every holiday season, it's time to switch things up. This year, break out of your comfort zone and celebrate the season with ensembles that explore contrast, strong silhouettes, and unexpected pairings. To help you master your closet, we created five easy styling commandments to follow — and even easier outfits to re-create. Whether it's mixing an ultraglam skirt with a cozy knit or opting for a jumpsuit instead of a dress, follow these unique tips to put together something that will leave you looking great and feeling confident.
1. OFFSET SEQUINS WITH SOMETHING COZY
It's not a year-end celebration without some major sparkle, right? A sequined gold flute skirt brings the shimmer — and the glam. But instead of combining it with other luxe fabrics like fur or leather, try something comfy and cozy, like a knit sweater. It makes for a surprising pairing, but one that's still completely party ready, especially with the addition of strappy heels.
2. COVER UP
You don't always have to show skin to achieve a sultry effect. In fact, doing just the opposite can be incredibly sexy, especially when your outfit involves a slinky, curve-hugging long-sleeved maxi dress. Choose one in a moody floral print for a seasonal twist and wear it over a fitted turtleneck and tall boots. The all-over print commands attention while the layers help keep you toasty throughout the evening.
3. MIX IN MENSWEAR
Combining traditionally feminine and masculine pieces always creates a compelling ensemble. A romantic wrap top in a draped metallic fabric would look just as pretty with a skirt, but pairing it with tailored trousers instead is far less predictable and just as alluring. The intricate details, including the shoulder embellishments, layered bangles, and fur-accented shoes, are what make the whole outfit pop.
4. WEAR THE PANTS
If you're feeling daring, forgo a dress entirely and make a powerful statement in a bold jumpsuit. A number like this wide-leg jumpsuit strikes the perfect balance between dominant and demure thanks to its strong silhouette, flirty shoulder cutouts, and flattering nipped waist. Amp up the glamour and finish your look with a pair of sparkly crystal earrings.
5. GO FOR CONTRAST
Bring the fun to the party (and the dance floor) in a shimmy-worthy pleated metallic minidress. Between the swingy layers, shorter length, and light-catching fabric, this dress definitely packs a playful punch. For a bit of cool-girl contrast, juxtapose the party piece with a casual element like a denim jacket.
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Credits: Photography: Diggy Lloyd