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Ask Anne: Festive But Not Overdressed?
Anne Keane, formerly the fashion director at Lucky magazine, is our newest goop contributing editor. You can send questions on everything from how to mix prints to how to up your earring game to [email protected]
Dear Anne, I’ve got a lot of holiday dinner parties coming up and I want to look festive but not overdressed. Any tips? —Ana H.
Dear Ana, I’ve always adhered to the guiding principle that being overdressed is always the safer call. (I must admit this theory still does not stop me from grabbing a denim jacket to throw over my outfit before I go out the door.)
There is a lot to consider when deciding what to wear to a dinner party at this time of year, but my advice is to incorporate a modest version of holiday embellishment without sacrificing comfort. The smallest touch of faux fur or satin to your outfit can turn your signature silhouettes into something a little more special. And if you are really in a last minute pinch to spruce it up, you can just put on a swipe of red lipstick. That always does the trick!
A cocoon coat cinched at the waist is one of those wardrobe all-stars that gets tons of airtime once temperatures drop. For a dinner party, slip on a silk mini dress underneath and team with bare legs and a pair of loafers for tomboyish spin; for the workweek, it’s easy to layer a heavy sweater underneath. Bonus: This pretty shade of powder blue is a nice change of pace from an otherwise all-black winter outerwear arsenal.
WEEKEND MAX MARA
Saletta coat Matchesfashion, $1,275
Jasper Loafer goop, $395
Silk Mini Dress NET-A-PORTER, $2,695
Weightless Lip Color goop, $28
Amulette de Cartier Ring Cartier, $2,380
Here, we take two of our favorite trends: an oversized bell sleeve and a sequined midi skirt in an unexpected pop of neon green. A pointy flat slipper in an icy blue ensures you’ll be comfortable if you’re running around playing hostess. As for the headband? It’s a sweet styling detail that feels particularly right during the holiday season.
Eau de Parfum:
Edition 01 – Church goop, $165
Faceted Clutch M’oda Operandi, $1,495
Head Band with Wisteria
Crystals Marni, $440
Vermeer Charm Slippers Shopbop, $698
Bell-Sleeved Top Matchesfashion, $483
Pleated Skirt goop, $595
Nothing says cold-weather statement quite like a beaded sweater—this one done up in a cozy mohair and flattering shade of bubblegum pink checks all the boxes. The styling trick here is to just keep everything else streamlined: a classic black high-waist trouser and strappy sandal are all you need. And since New York has already seen its first dusting of snow, we threw in a shearling clutch just for fun.
Sweater NET-A-PORTER, $4,180
High-Waist Nerd Pants goop, $450
Shearling Clutch Prada, $1,850
Clarita Heel Sandal goop, $595
Illuminator goop, $34
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