Though most of the holiday season is spent figuring out what to buy for others, there is one loophole that allows you to spend a little on yourself: the holiday party outfit. But with the amount of cash you’ve already spent on gifts, do you really want to shell out more for a shiny discoball of a dress you’ll never wear again? Our latest lookbook, Holiday Function, features chic party outfits versatile enough to wear all winter. Read on for more inspo and festive style tips from our Editorial Director, Lauren Bradshaw.
What was your inspiration for the shoot? We wanted to show holiday looks that don’t scream “holiday.” Most people think a holiday party look has to mean red, gold, sequins, metallics — but this is the understated way to do the party circuit. We used a lot of black, tonal looks, mainly neutrals.
What are your tips for creating a festive look in more understated tones? Play with texture! A touch of fur or fringe, a chunky knit, or a little velvet makes any look feel more fun. Quirky touches like the white tights also give it a more playful feel.
What’s one piece every woman needs in her wardrobe this party season? Velvet! It’s really on-trend, festive and fun but also sophisticated. I’m also really into mules right now. I love a Manolo Blahnik heel with a jewel or embellishment on the toe. It’s classic but playful.
What’s your go-to look for holiday parties? I change it up a little every year, but I’d say generally I gravitate toward a midi dress with a low heel (so I can still walk by the night’s end) and a big statement earring. If you could steal any piece from the shoot, which would it be? I love the angora sweater. The low back is a sexy, unexpected touch.