The holidays are made to be festive, which means you’ll be donning your seasonal best for every soirée from now through January 2. But for the more sophisticated merry-making occasions, it might take a little more work to look impeccably put-together.
From faux fur to pops of red to a whole lot of sparkle, steal some inspiration for the perfect formal attire this season. Whether you're headed to your office's big bash or a client's charity gala, you’ll be ready to deck the halls in no time.
For the swanky company holiday party at an even swankier downtown location, stay polished but playful with a faux fur coat, a jewel toned and tailored dress, a deep shade of red lipstick, and lots of bling around your neck. For the guys, a three-piece dark gray suit will look formal but not too stiff, and don’t forget to add playful touches you might not normally wear during your 9-to-5, like a red pocket square and a plaid shirt paired with a polka dot tie.
For a client's black tie affair this holiday season, keep things sleek, traditional, and ever-so dramatic. A classy, lace number that hits below the knee paired with opaque tights is a no-fail option, and you’ll look impossibly chic. Offset the ladylike lace with gold metal accents, a swipe of classic red, and bold statement earrings (in holiday emerald, of course)! For the guys, stick with the classic James Bond: a tux or black suit, a crisp white button-down, and a black bowtie. To get into the holiday spirit, add some color to your cufflinks and try a hint-of-metallic pocket square.
A formal ball calls for the most formal style of dress, but don’t be afraid to have fun with it; after all, the holidays are the perfect time for glitz and glamour! Wear a Gatsby-inspired floor length number—something sparkly in gold or silver is perfect—and adorn yourself with a fur shawl, red-orange lips (the trending lipstick color of the season!), and gorgeous studs. For guys, change up your look with a very formal white bow tie and sleek cufflinks, and add a pop of color with a pair of red argyle socks.
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Molly works in Indianapolis as a fashion blogger for Scarves Dot Net. When she’s not creating looks for less, she loves a healthy dose of retail therapy, getting creative in the kitchen, and spending time with her crazy (yet lovable) family. Follow her on Pinterest and Twitter @mtborter.More from this Author