You already picked out your favorite holiday party dress, but now you've received yet another invitation – and there’s no backup dress in sight. How do you wear the same dress twice and make it look different? It's all about the layers and how you accessorize. You can go classic - with timeless pieces that you've had for years. Or you can go sassy - with unexpected items that will definitely turn some heads. Take a look at how three styles of party dresses can be styled to fit the occasion, the weather, or just your holiday mood.
THE LITTLE BLACK DRESS
A little black dress is the mainstay of any party wardrobe, but don't let it get monotonous with a shapeless or plain frock. Choose a fitted silhouette with texture, and you'll have some interest even before you spice it up with accessories.
Strapless flocked dress by French Connection.
If you're not sure of the crowd, or you don't want to standout too much - go for classic accessories that stand the test of time. A glitzy metallic heel (that's similar to your skintone) will lengthen your leg line, while a traditional wrap offers some coverage if you're not in a shoulder-baring mood all night.
Feeling a little rebellious? Then grab some leather. A leather jacket is an unexpected cover-up for a LBD, and this burgundy one definitely ups the cool factor. Booties add to the edgy vibe, and a whimsical necklace is sure to be a conversation starter.
THE DAY TO NIGHT DRESS
Heading to the office party after work? Then wear a dress that takes you from day to night with a couple of quick changes. A not-too-tight body-conscious dress is the ideal choice, since the slightly sexy silhouette is balanced by ample coverage and an eye-distracting print.
Printed dress by Karen Millen.
The velvet blazer is a quintessential holiday item (for him and for her), and it makes a body-skimming dress work party friendly. Add your favorite strappy black heels and some sparkly earrings and enjoy the off-duty time with your colleagues.
If you feel like showing a little more personality at the party, try a (faux) shearling vest. If you're in a warmer climate - it's a brilliant way to beat the evening chill if the party heads outdoors. Add some killer blue booties to break up the black and white and you're good to go!
THE SEQUINED TANK DRESS
Holidays are the ideal time to shine - so grab the spotlight in a fully sequined dress. This may be one that you pull out only once or twice a year, but it's got major impact.
Sequined dress by Yumi.
Instead of toning down a sequined dress, how about upping the fashion factor? A (faux) fur vest in similar tones to the dress adds a huge dose of glamour, while suede booties maintain the subtly pale palette.