The festive season is underway big time, with social commitments cranking up into top gear. Drinks, dinners, parties, and full-on balls—the invites are pouring in. Whatever your festive fashion requirements, from classy tops to floor-length gowns, cocktail dresses and statement jewels to striking accessories, we’ve got you covered with our editor’s picks of the party season.
Credits (from left to right, clockwise from the top):
Maxi dress from Topshop; To the One I Love lace-trimmed, crushed-velvet dress from Anna Sui; Crystal Cluster Station Pearl Necklace from Ben-Amun; Turtleneck Mini Dress from Alexander McQueen; Swarovski crystal-embellished wool jacket from Gucci: Sequined Double-Breasted Blazer from Zara; Embellished wool and silk-blend crêpe top from Valentino; Gold-plated Swarovski crystal earring from Hillier Bartley; Chanel Le Vernis in Vert No.31; Eye Ink Black Myrrh from Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder via net-a-porter; Crystalline Pure Watch from Swarovski; Bond Girl lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury; Ombre Slim Slide bag from Judith Leiber with Crystals from Swarovski; Darcy earrings from Chloé with pearls from Swarovski; Crystal Bronzing Veil from Kevin Aucoin via net-a-porter; Feather-trimmed mesh skirt from Simone Rocha via mytheresa; Romy suede pumps from Jimmy Choo; Marilyn with Swarovski Crystals from Pretty Ballerinas; Earthy Iconic bag from Zac Posen; Holding Ring from Swarovski; Ari pumps from Jimmy Choo encrusted with crystals from Swarovski
Here are a few suggestions for switching it up and looking festive this season with an on-trend black, red and green palette. Sure, an LBD or a smoking jacket is always right, but why not add feathers and sequins, bows and ruffles, pearls and crystals? Grab the opportunity to wear something more adventurous than your usual style. Try the red velvet dress with embroidery from the Anna Sui collection, which is guaranteed to get you in the mood for celebrating. With deep colors and lush fabrics you can’t go wrong. For a more official event like a seated dinner, we recommend a sophisticated showstopper like Simon Rocha’s mesh skirt, which comes with a soft feather trim for a voluminous look. Layered over a satin slip to give a “floaty” look, this design would look elegant and feminine teamed with an ivory or nude-hued top, such as the one from Valentino, and the crystal-covered heels from Jimmy Choo. Take fall and winter's floral trend into the holiday season with a full-length ruffle frock from Topshop and wear it with boots or heels, some sun-kissed bronzer, and feminine statement jewelry such as the cute Darcy earrings from Chloé with Swarovski Pearls, or the grand in-ear hoop from Hillier Bartley. If you’re unsure about a floor-length gown, opt for a short cocktail version, like the sheer Medieval-inspired dress from Alexander McQueen; it allows major accessorizing with a Swarovski crystal-encrusted clutch from Judith Leiber. Go for green nail polish—the limited Vert No.31 from Chanel le Vernis goes perfectly with golden, sparkling jewels such as cocktail rings. Trade in your classic smoking jacket for a suit shimmering with sequins. From Christmas parties to New Year's Eve, a full-on sequin blazer instantly becomes the life of any party, perfectly finished off with smoky eyes, cigarette pants and some pointed midi-heels in striking pink. If you feel insecure in heels, embellished flats and slides like the Marilyns from Pretty Ballerina are having a moment, so it’s the perfect excuse to avoid heels if they’re not going to stand the test of…standing. To round up your festive look, don‘t forget the matte burgundy lipstick.