Party Dressing Made Easy

Half the battle of picking a party outfit is knowing how to dress for the occasion. We broke it down by the three scenarios you’ll likely encounter this time of year, and the outfit combinations that go with each.

Home Cocktail Party

Whether you’re hosting or attending, home-based gatherings are arguably the most fun of the bunch. Fittingly, they call for cocktail dresses (here, cut the Barbie factor with soft metallic accessories) and elevated iterations of loungewear classics: elegantly louche pajama suits in particular are great if you’re playing hostess.

Significant Other’s Work Party

Work parties are tricky: You don¹t want to OD on the glitz and glitter but you want to look nice. The key lies in cool-girl separates (a prim high-waisted skirt is prime opportunity to introduce just a little bit of sparkle) and polished one-pieces. Playing it safe? A slick LBD is always a sure thing.

Black Tie / Formal Event / Wedding

Winter weddings and galas are the ultimate opportunity to bring out the sartorial big guns. Floor-length gowns in dramatic florals, basic black punctuated by thigh-high slits, and full-sleeved dresses‹made sexy by way of lace panels.