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Wednesday, December 16th 2009

3 Holiday Parties, 3 Distinct Looks

Between the family obligation parties (in my family, there are always at least three), the office gathering (Shopbop’s was last week and was quite the stylish affair), and the assorted friendly functions (one for each cluster of pals, naturally), a gal could easily be burned out by the time New Year’s rolls around. This year rather than fret the fêtes, I’m going to focus on the fun part of this jam-packed social agenda: the opportunity to put together as many outfits as there are parties.

The Fête with Friends
I have a fair number of friendly gatherings over the next two weeks, ranging from drinks with the girls to a Grinch party involving plenty of wine and less styled, more green attire. For these mini-parties, I’ll get creative with what’s already in my closet—pairing a Diane von Furstenberg blouse with a sequined miniskirt, perhaps, or a jersey Velvet dress with Dolce Vita shoes.

The Work Party
The Shopbop holiday party was last Thursday, and I kept it relatively simple, donning a print skirt, suede boots, and a turtleneck. But given a rewind, I’d take it in a more fashion-forward, yet office-appropriate direction with an Alice + Olivia blazer, leather pants, and cutout booties.

The Family Get-together
There should really be an s at the end of get-together in this headline because holiday family gatherings are never limited to the singular. I’ve got the first of three this weekend, and since it’s a more casual event, I’ll attend in a Theory jacket, Alexander Wang tee, and Seven jeans, adding a rhinestone Madewell necklace for a little holiday glitz. For the fancier family party next week, I’ll swap out the jeans with my obsession du saison: a full skirt, like the tulle LaROK skirt pictured.


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