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Cracking the Holiday Dress Code

The holidays are just around the corner, and so is the holiday party circuit: business lunches, festive get-togethers, chic soirées. More than likely you won’t be receiving invites like Kim Kardashion’s  “all white” party or Capote’s famous masked party that give explicit instructions on what to wear.  Instead, you’ll have to crack the dress code—“Festive”? “Creative Black Tie”?   But don’t worry, we’re here to help!


Cocktail Attire

The look here should be sophisticated and chic, with a bit of fun!  Stick to tasteful, knee-length options paired with sexy heels or stylish ankle boots. Think of that perfect LBD—like our Natalia Sheath. Or that favorite taffeta party dress—our Claudine Sheath, Borealis Dress or Marilyn Party Dress are sure to impress! Complete the look with a beautiful clutch and some sparkling jewelry.


Business Attire

Business attire is a glammed-up version of what you would wear to work. Although it’s still a suitable option (pun intended), these days we can go beyond the polished suit set.   Say, a beautiful pencil skirt with a nice top—like our Marais Pencil Skirt  or East-West Skirt.  Go a little bolder with the jewelry and accessories. Stacks of bangles, a statement necklace or pretty scarf add an elegant touch.



No, this doesn’t mean donning a holiday sweater with a 3-D Rudolph or light-up Santa. Probably the most elusive of all dress codes, Festive attire falls somewhere between business and cocktail attire.  Think of something special and fun, but still sophisticated, with a touch more opulence than normal—like our Zelda Dress or Organza Skirt and Top.  Try adding in some sparkle—like we did on our lurex-laced Priya Dress.


Creative Black Tie

Think formal, but with a trendy, creative twist… a modern touch to the traditional.  Instead of a floor-length satin dress, go for a lacy handcrochet number—like our Edwardian Dress. Or even a long skirt with a gorgeous topper.

Black Tie Optional

You don’t have to wear a long evening gown (but you can if you want to). You can also wear a formal cocktail dress, a dressy pantsuit, or even a long full skirt with an elegant sweater.  Just keep it classy and elegant—try to think if you’d be embarrassed standing next to someone in their sparkling floor-length evening gown.  We suggest our Stardust Dress or the Portia Lace Dress.


Dressy Casual/Elegant Casual

This means just what it sounds like: relaxed, yet polished and pulled together.  This could mean something as simple as an elegant sweater-dress with cool accessories—like our Cambridge Dress. Or you could wear a crisp pair of our Coated East End Jeans with a cool jacket or dressed-up sweater, like the Burnished Moto Jacket or Kelmscott Cardigan.



This doesn’t mean wear your sweats, but it does mean relaxed. For evening, a pair of jeans with a pretty top or nice sweater would be appropriate.   Don’t over-think this one too much—wear whatever makes you comfortable!

One last thing to remember: An event during the evening is always dressier than one during the day!



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