Shimmer and Shine: Ten Fashion Looks That Light Up Your Christmas

During the festive seasons, there are dinners, happy hours and get-togethers with friends and family, all crammed within a few short weeks in November and December. Of course, you cannot forget the office party, which has made a comeback after years of being shelved due to the financial crisis. With all these invitations, it’s difficult to fit them all in your oversubscribed schedule.

You also want to want to make a good impression when you attend these events. Finding just the right Christmas party dresses can be a real challenge. Fortunately you have numerous choices that allow you to stand out whether you’re schmoozing with your boss at the office party or snuggling with that special someone over an intimate dinner for two.289975501

The Little Black Dress

It’s difficult to go wrong with the iconic little black dress. The little black dress can go effortlessly from office to the club. Whether you go with bare shoulders or crushed velvet, there is an LBD that has your name on it.

The Little Red Dress

With all the gray skies and slushy snow, the winter could do with a little color. Stand out from the sea of black in a little red dress. When you wear a little red dress, you will automatically command attention – perhaps even from your longtime crush.

The Little Gold Dress

When the invitation says “festive attire” and you want to look elegant without going for a full-length ball gown, what are your options? A little gold dress could be just the ticket. Sweep your hair into an elegant updo, add simple jewelry and shoes and you’re done.

Elegant Long Dresses and Skirts

For those white tie and black tie occasions, only an elegant long dress will do. You can wow the crowd in a sweeping ball gown in black, red or a beautiful jewel tone. Or opt for a body skimming sheath with a discreet slit to show just a flash of your legs.

Shimmery Tops and Skirts or Slacks

For a festive look suitable for less formal occasions, choose a shimmery or glittery top. Pair it with a short or long skirt to mimic the look of a cocktail dress. Or pair your top with slacks and a jacket to keep away the chill while maintaining a festive look.

Dressing for the Office Holiday Party

289542593The key to proper dress for the office holiday party dressing for the office party is to remember each of the two words: office and party. It is still a work-related affair. This means that plunging necklines, too short hemlines and too-tight anything are off limits. On the other hand, it’s a party, so you are expected to dress up. Translation: a little black dress that hits a few inches above the knee is fine. A skimpy black number cut to the navel and barely covering your bum? Not so much.

Pajamas: Not Just for Bedtime

Of course, you would never roll out of bed and show up at a party wearing your pajamas. Or would you?  Beautiful gold-colored gowns with a satiny sheen, or silky pajama bottoms in black or a jewel-toned color can absolutely make their way to your next occasion, and no one would ever suspect.

Crushed Velvet

Few fabrics are as inherently luxurious as velvet. Whether you opt for a black velvet dress or a crushed velvet jacket, you instantly look dressed up no matter what else you are wearing. A velvet skirt and jacket are ideal for a sit down dinner party. While black is always appropriate, crushed velvet also looks glamorous in jewel tones like green or blue. Red or even gold crushed velvet jackets are eye-catching when matched with black skirts or pants. White velvet is a lovely alternative for daytime affairs.

Leather

For elegance with a bit of an edgy appeal, rescue your leather skirt from the back of the closet. Pair it with a silky top or a soft angora sweater and you will look sexy and elegant all at once. Dress up a leather jacket by pairing it with smooth wool slacks and a glittery top. Plain pumps or flats to match the jacket complete the look.

Ugly Sweaters

Yes, ugly sweater parties are all the rage. From reindeer-covered creations to colors that seem to have been inspired by a fever dream, the motto for ugly sweater parties is the uglier, the better.  The best part of an ugly sweater party invite is that you likely already have suitable attire stashed in the back of your closet.

Sophie West studies style design. She enjoys blogging about flattering fashion and beautiful looks.

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Fiigirl: Très Chic

As you know I turned 25 two months ago, and since then I’ve been thinking a lot about how difficult fashion can be sometimes. I’ve always gravitated towards pink and super girly things, which are unfortunately not always befitting older women. Worse, I have very few clothes that are appropriate for my age. A week ago I was scheduled to go to a book launch of my favorite fashion blogger, Tricia Gosingtian, and I was worried about what to wear to the event. Tricia has easily transitioned from being cute to sophisticated, and I wish I was that successful. I just can’t seem to let go of my affinity for anything young and girly.

Luckily, Fiigirl–an online shopping site based in China–sent me a really nice black dress, which arrived a day before the event. Talk about timing.

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The transaction was actually made in August, so it took about a month for the package to arrive at my place. This was the dress I was expecting to receive, according to the website:

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Product description (taken from the website):

Features:
* Sleek popular design
* High class standout quality
* Very soft and comfortable to the touch
* Material: Cotton
* Pattern: Solid pattern
* Color: Black/rosy
* Size: M, L

I picked this style because I thought it looked so chic and definitely office-appropriate. Here’s the actual dress, I got the medium-sized one:

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Online shopping is quite tricky because you won’t see the item until it arrives at your doorstep. I’ve heard (and experienced) a lot of horror stories about online shopping–from clothes not looking the same as posted, too small or too big, etc. Thankfully the dress I got from Fiigirl is almost similar to the one posted on the website.

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It’s not as cottony and stretchy as I hoped it would be, but that’s fine because the dress fits–although it’s a little tight around the armpits and a little loose at the shoulders. I’m not broad-shouldered so I understand that part. I just hope the sleeves were a tad shorter and the asymmetrical v-neck was more prominent like what is shown in the website. I think that’s the most interesting part of the design and the dress could have been more awesome if it was more noticeable.

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Nonetheless the dress still looks chic to me. LBDs are a woman’s must-have and I’m glad I finally got one that’s appropriate for my age but still fashionable. The best part is, it looks great with any shoe color.  Zalora sent me these gorgeous heels a week ago and I’m so glad it went well with the dress. They’re very comfortable too!

I wore very minimal accessories because I wanted the dress to be the key piece of this look. Tricia took a photo of me during the launch, I just hope I didn’t look fat in it, hehe. Overall, I’m satisfied with dress. It’s pretty and very affordable so I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.

triciaTricia + Me at her book launch. Thanks to Candy Magazine for the photo! I gave her a subtle cat ears headband which I made the night before the event. I was so happy she liked it! She’s the nicest, I swear. Be sure to check out her book, 150 STYLE ESSENTIALS FOR EVERY GIRL! #fangirling

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Fiigirl dress | Pill shoes from Zalora

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