What do you say when one of your favorite shopping sites, Farfetch, challenges you to a “style-off”? Game on.
I mean how much easier can it get – they have more than 300 visionary fashion boutiques making up over 1,000 labels all in one place. My only real problem was choosing just one look that I deemed the perfect party outfit for the holidays. I don’t know about you, but I can’t seem to go anywhere without seeing a new fashion trend right now. From new age fringe to the old faithful sequins – my head was virtually spinning trying to narrow down my choices. But like any good stylist (or anyone else who’s rocked the day-long marathon power shopping trip where you go for one dang thing and end up with nothing), I simply went back to the basics.
The key is to pick one statement piece to really set the tone for the look, and the rest will just fall into place. After waffling back and forth over these Alice + Olivia sequined wide leg trousers, I remembered that the holidays call for something you’d typically not wear. So how do you toe the line between fashion forward vs. looking like a bad gift wrapping job? Check out my steadfast rules below that helped me find a look I’m calling “Holiday Party Priss” – minus the Miss Priss attitude 😉
The Statement Piece: Skirting the Issue
When I landed on this Giamba brocade flared skirt – I knew it was “the one”. It has the perfect level of holiday glitz with a whole lotta glam to spare. Plus the color keeps you from falling into the typical red & green holiday-dressing trap, where you end up looking more like a Christmas tree skirt (which is not the kind of fashion statement I’m talking about). Not to mention marsala is the color of the year after all.
Supporting Roles: The Perfect Garnish
I’ve always been a fan of the classic “secretary blouse” which has made quite the resurgence since the 80s. I particularly love it in black since it doesn’t compete with the holiday festiveness of the skirt. But what really sells this look for me, are the skirt + ankle boots – which happens to be my favorite sartorial combo. Top that off with a belted coat and geometric gold & black clutch – done and done.
Moschino, Pussybow Blouse
Nicholas Kirkwood, ‘Carnaby’ Boots
Guiseppe Zanotti Design, Geometric Design Clutch