Monday, November 25, 2013

3 Holiday Party Looks: Casual Cookie, Sparkly Cocktail, Formal Affair

You guys, I am SO excited for the first installation of our "Look the Part" series. While I may have a few hostess tricks up my sleeve, putting together an outfit isn't my strong suit. I would rather coordinate my coasters to my cocktail napkins than my jewelry to my shoes (do people even do that?) - which is why I've called upon Megan Dorward of IG @meganburnley to be our official fashion contributor and put together a series of holiday party looks for us. Megan has gained quite a following on Instagram for her #ootd and other fashion-speak hashtags of her day-to day-style, and she always looks polished yet cheerful. You know all those Kate Spade sayings about the girl who lives colorfully and leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes…? I'm pretty sure it's Megan she's writing about. So I decided she would be the perfect person to go to for advice on what we all should wear to our holiday parties this season. And I'm so appreciative of her help, because now I can focus on dessert recipes and DIY hostess gifts! Here are Megan's party-ready looks, chosen just for us: 

Megan: Every year, one of my dearest friends hosts a cookie exchange party, and this year I'll be wearing a button down shirt in a classic holiday plaid with a festive sequin miniskirt. I've layered on the pearls and jewels since it is a party, after all, but I've kept the footwear simple in flats for the daytime. I think the mix of something casual with something sparkly is a bit unexpected, but the two textures together strike just the right note for an afternoon gathering of friends that is still special and very "holiday." 
Coat: J. Crew, similar here | Shirt: Vineyard Vines | Skirt: Kate Spade (2012), similar BCBG version here | Shoes: J.Crew, similar here and similar Ann Taylor version here | Necklace: J.Crew | Bracelet: J.Crew | Nails: Essie, "Who's She Red?" | Lip: Nars, Heat Wave

Megan: It seems like each year around this time, there's at least one event that calls for cocktail attire, and I am always scrambling for a dress that's a bit more special than your average "night on the town" dress but still festive enough for the season. I found this Shoshanna number on clearance and knew it would be just the ticket. The scoop neck is all party, while the full skirt keeps it sweet, and the silver taffeta makes me think of Nutcracker party scenes and sugar plum fairies. I was lucky enough to score this vintage 60s coat at my neighborhood flea market, and I'm convinced it was made for someone very important to wear to a very important event, which makes cocktail parties at a friend's apartment all the more of an occasion. The shoes are a party in and of themselves; just try to resist a twirl in crystal covered peep-toes!
Coat: Vintage, Columbus Avenue Flea Market | Dress: Shoshanna, Isabella Dress | Shoes: Vince Camuto, similarly fun Ann Taylor heel here | Lip: Nars, Roman Holiday

Megan: I'll be wearing this lace dress to my office's holiday party, which is a more formal affair. The neckline and full skirt keep it appropriate for the company - it is still a work event, after all - but the lace feels more formal and the metallic accents add a festive element. A black pointy-toe pump is elegant and understated, while the pink funnel coat makes a statement - and an entrance. 
Coat: J.Crew Factory, similar here | Dress: Shoshanna Lace June Dress (2012), similar here | Bag: Vintage | Shoes: Ann Taylor | Bracelet: Kate Spade, similar here | Lip: Nars, Heat Wave

Isn't she just adorable?! I'm definitely loving (okay, copying) that sequin skirt + plaid shirt + pearls combo. Maybe if we ask nicely, Megan will come back with an update on New Years Eve options? (Hint, hint, Megan!)

I hope you enjoyed our first Look the Part. Any favorite pieces? I'd love to know what everyone else is planning to wear to this holiday season - I could use the help! Also, very soon we will have an expert from Estée Lauder sharing her favorite holiday beauty products. I can't wait to share them with you!

All images on this post by photographer Kristin Lance.

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