You may remember a post I did last year around the Holidays about the "Multi-function Ensemble". Branching off that general idea, I thought I'd share my latest experience with finding a dress, knowing that I had two parties on the same day, but wanting a slightly different look for each event.
Normally, I'd wear the dress that I created so many different looks with last year, however, said dress doesn't quite fit (also read: I've opted to stay away from strapless dresses so I don't spend all night with my arms folded across me to try and sneakily hold the dress up and giving off an annoyed vibe all night by mistake-oops...), meaning I was in need of a semi-fancy looking (but not too fancy!) cocktail length dress that I could wear to a family party, and a work party.
I decided to go with a simple, but interesting little black dress (LBD don't let me down!) that was form fitting, but still comfortable (and somewhat warm now that its December). Not to mention it was $10 (also known as the perfect price when that's exactly how much you have in credit at a specific store), which was the deciding factor after I initially tried it on.
On to styling for the parties!
For my first party, I decided to go with flats and wore a short sleeve bolero as a cover up. It created a dynamic element since the dress has only one sleeve, but I still felt comfortable/covered while playing our annual Yankee Swap, snacking through the night (stretchy fabric for the win), and dominating at board games with the entire family (just kidding- I didn't win a single game).
To be honest I didn't make it to the second party...I was having too much fun with my family and I knew that a two hour drive from one party to the next (with an hour long drive home once the second party was over) would take more time to get there than how long I'd actually be there. That being said, I did have my second look all planned out, even though I didn't get to wear it.
Basically, a quick change from flats to heels for some added chic/height points, remove the bolero to show the one shoulder and beaded embellishment on the sleeve, spruce up the lipstick, and let my hair down. It's sort of like going from a Day to Night look...but fancier during the day.
The main thing I learned from this was that finding a dress that I not only felt confident in, but that I felt comfortable in, made it easier (and made me want to) to stay in all night...versus last year, when I changed into jeans and a t-shirt halfway through my second party (not a bad look, but I'd rather not take my entire wardrobe with me to a party). And now I'll have a "new dress" to wear to next year's work party!
What's your go-to outfit for parties during the Holiday season?