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What To Wear To All Those Friggin’ Holiday Parties

In the height of wedding season, we told you what to wear to all those friggin' weddings, and now that holiday party season is nigh, we need to equip you with plenty of affordable, party outfit options, too. Check out our guides to holiday attire: Office Holiday Party: If you're looking for an option that is still mostly modest, with a dash of fun (hot co-worker to impress?), this Maggy London One Shoulder Dress ($128) won't make your boss blush, but still commands the right amount of attention. Pair it with some sparkly stud earrings like these Juicy Couture Pave Pyramid Studs ($48). Angling for a raise and want to be seen as a "power player" in your office? This J.Crew Crystal tracks necklace ($58, down from $78) is a statement piece that will have the big bosses remembering your name. In lieu of an open-toe (an office no-no), opt for a sexy pump like these Steve Madden Trinitie pumps ($79.95, down from $89.95). Black-Tie Holiday Party: If you have a black tie invite (lucky you!), you'll need a floor length evening gown for the occasion. This Lauren by Ralph Lauren Dress "Chana" One-Shoulder Long Dress ($220) is perfect for just that. You can never go wrong with an extra long strand of pearls like this well-priced Kenneth Jay Lane Pearl Rope Necklace ($154). You can't just throw any old winter coat over a ball gown, so make sure you have a faux fur or fur stole for the big night. This INC International Concepts Faux Fur Wrap Cape ($129) is great because it looks like it costs much more than it really does.You'll need drop or dangling earrings for black tie, and these under-$100 Juicy Couture Crystal Chandelier Earrings ($78) are pretty friggin' perfect. Party With The Girls: Now, for the fun part: if you have a parties with friends, get a sparkly dress like this Ella Moss "Majesty" Sequin Tank Dress ($159). Pair it with these Commando Matte Opaque Tights ($34), and you're good to go (a hint: opaque tights are the hosiery equivalent of sweatpants - they hide all sins.) For holidays with friends, don't bother with the strappy sandal, opt for a much cooler bootie like these Vince Camuto "Alexia" Ankle Booties ($129). Top off the look with a cool blingy bracelet like this J.Crew Soleil bracelet ($58) - it's perfect priced and will definitely light up the night. Ugly Christmas Sweater Party: If you've never been to an ugly Christmas sweater party, I highly recommend throwing one. When else can you wear grandma's hand-me-down elf sweater? If you don't already have one, this Quacker Factory Happy Dance Sweater ($48.50, down from $62) is perfect. Pair it with these Marc by Marc Jacobs Metal Bow Stud Earrings ($38) for an extra festive outfit. For more holiday must-haves, check our guides to the best cocktail rings, party dresses, earrings, party shoes. Follow the author of this post on Twitter @bridefinds.

How Not To Be Outcast At A Black Tie Affair (Hint: Don’t Dress Like The Prom Queen)

How many times have you received an invitation with a dress code and still had no idea what to wear? Probably too many to count. That's why this week we're helping you get dressed for every type of formal occasion.  First up is black tie. Ladies should stick to a long evening gown, a cocktail dress, or evening separates. Check out three no-fail dresses and accessories that will work for any black tie affair: For a classic option, buy this silk Laundry by Shelli Segal Strapless Sweetheart gown ($285). The empire waist will hide a tummy, the black color is slimming, and although it's formal, the fit is super comfy. You can still have fun at a black tie event, and this Jill Stuart Strapless Taffeta Party dress ($138.60, down from $198) is a great option. The cobalt blue color will get you noticed, and the voluminous skirt has the perfect amount of drama for a black tie affair. For a dress that fits closer to your body, go for this Tadashi Shoji One-Shoulder Silk dress ($290). The jewel tone color flatters many skin tones, and the subtle fabric draping details on the torso are very slimming. Accessorize any of these dress with Kenneth Jay Lane's Crystal drop earrings ($73.50, down from $210). They have a modern shape and they don't look like costume jewelry. Wearing a leather purse to a black tie event is a no-no. Instead, go for something small with interesting details like this Menbur Pleated Satin clutch ($75). These Pour La Victoire Laela pumps ($155) will be your go-to for any formal affair. The heel height isn't too high, the black satin will pair well with any dressy outfit, and the feminine bow detail will stand out in a sea of basic evening shoes. See our guides to the best evening bags, the best cheap jewelry, the best chain strap bags, and the best cocktail dresses.

What To Wear To A Black Tie Affair

'Tis the season when invitations to all kinds of parties arrive, including invitations for black tie affairs. We're here to help make it easy, in case you don't have a black tie gown lying around, or aren't sure what you should wear. First, let's decode the invitation at below. This one says black tie, but even if it didn't, the fancy script and black and white colors indicate this is no casual fete, so dress accordingly. Our rules for black tie dressing, plus our picks for some classy gowns that are particularly appropriate: - Black dresses are a no-fail option. Have one simple black gown in your closet for these types of occasions, and then just accessorize differently, with different necklaces or earrings for each party. Get free shipping on this dress with the promo code WINTER. - If you don't want to wear black, stick with a neutral, like slate gray, navy or champagne. This navy dress is one-shoulder, a great silhouette for every body type. Get free shipping with code NM SHIP. Not into a long gown? Pick a special cocktail dress with some great detailing, like this one by Yoana Baraschi. Also get free shipping with code NM SHIP. Don't be afraid to add on a little bit of glamour. If you keep the dress simple but elegant, you can wear diamond earrings, a sparkly necklace, or long gloves to complete the look. For more, see our guides to party dresses, party shoes, sparkly necklaces, evening bags, and festive attire. We've got everything you need to wear to your black tie party, be it for New Year's Eve, or beyond.

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