The Fashionista is in: Festive attire

Be fete-ready in a flash in one of these novel approaches to holiday style.

by Shannon Ryan

’Tis the season to be stylishly equipped for festivities around the clock. From Hanukkah happenings to secret Santa exchanges and bringin’ in the New Year with a bang, a camera-ready outfit can make all the difference.

The Fashionista’s cranked out four holiday-tinged outfits acceptable to make your way around this season’s party circuit. Bring on the velvet, satin and sequins because this year I’m servin’ ’em hot.

Debut your Wham cover at Christmas karaoke in outfit No. 1, show up stag to a to a New Year’s Eve party in  No. 2, work  No. 3 at a Moscato-fueled secret Santa exchange and waltz under the mistletoe in No. 4 at your crush’s Hanukkah bash — mazel tov!


Outfit No. 1: Focal Pants

Crafted with the finest of dress-opposers in mind, outfit No. 1 will house you in a pair of high-waist skinny trousers in lieu of the LBD. Wearing pants is an androgynous alternative to routine and flirty holiday dresses. Add a more feminine flair to the look with the addition of a draping cowl neck blouse of silk-satin construction. Keep the plunging neckline bare; add only a dusting of body glitter to the décolletage for a seductive glisten. Shield your arms in an angled blazer in a solid neutral shade of ivory to create a stark and punchy contrast to the ebony of the lower half. A pair of metal-capped pumps will add a dash of chrome candy to the outfit, completing the look.


Outfit No. 2: Speak in Sparkles

Toast to the New Year in a bevy of shine and sequins, a look always on par for the holiday party. To avoid looking garish in your holly jolly digs, execution is key. Keep the neckline crew, the hem mid-thigh and work full-sleeved arms. With sequins, it’s easy to look like a tinsel-town disaster when oversized, so body-con is the choice of fit. Choosing your bed of sequins in a neutral shade is a surefire way to make a statement without having to shout. Try toasting your champagne while donning a champagne-colored dress. Don’t let your extras compete for attention; leave your bold jewels in the box for the evening, slide into a pair of ankle-boot stilettos and grab the mic, baby.


Outfit  No.3: Shorts Story

Trade your linens for velvets and up your pink saturation by climbing into a pair of high-waist plush, cranberry colored shorts. Reinvent a holiday statement with a mixture of sugar meets spice via contrast of fabrics. Unexpected pairings create visual intensity to a look, making it instantly more pause-worthy and easily applauded. Add an air of edge through a taut, leather top tucked into the velvet shorts. It’s one part holiday party and another part cool for a combination that oozes intrigue. Keep your legs warm in a pair of polka dot tights for added texture. Don a strappy and sleek high-heeled sandal to keep the ankle visible and elongate the already promoted length of leg.


Outfit No. 4: Under as Outerwear

Stand out in the crowd of accoutrements by remaining minimal. Break archaic rules of glitz and shine defining holiday wear and show up in a sleek slip-dress. The ’90s staple sheath has been revamped and is a fresh way to walk into a holiday house party. Create instant elegance in streamlined sleekness with the straight tracking of its silhouette and choose a solid, holiday-hued red or a modern midnight blue as the sole color of the dress. Pair the sheath with a similar shade of heel to infuse a festive monochromatic look.


With each step, you’re closer to blowing out the Christmas lights in style.