The holiday season is here, and social calendars are in full swing! It’s so much fun to get dressed up for a night out, and finding the perfect look is key to perfecting my joy.
Black-tie optional means a cocktail dress is perfectly appropriate and the same goes for a long gown, which makes the possibilities endless and the decision even harder. I really wanted to keep my entire look under $300 so I’m planning to wear jewelry I already own and hopefully shoes too. Many of the shoes below are just eye candy, as most people own go-to metallic or black pumps for special occasions such as these. And great news, dresses are on sale!
This is the cutest Ted Baker Snake Embossed Neoprene dress, perfect for a cocktail party or black-tie optional (or black-tie, according to some). You can find this dress at Harrods. The current price is $258 USD. Obviously, these Christian Louboutin Mea Culpa Flared Suede Pumps are HOT! If you can do it at $895 per pair, then do it! Husband or Santa, if you’re reading this, I wear a size 38. And my go-to, fancy-wear Stella Casablanca earrings to finish the look.
Halston Heritage Plunging Gathered-Waist Jersey Gown. This dress didn’t drape right on me, and made me feel hippy. It’s a gorgeous choice for someone though, and it’s now on sale at Neiman Marcus for $237! I went with vintage-looking Naomi cluster earrings and Zora crystal necklace up top and Kristin Cavallari Copertina Lt Gold Glitter Pumps down low.
A Diane von Furstenberg Draped Satin Jersey Gown. Is there a theme here? Yes, I’m obsessed with a beautiful, plunging neckline, long-sleeved dress. And I’ll admit, my closet is pretty dark in general, with navy and black being my favorite colors to wear. This was a contender for me, even though it’s completely see-thru (this is what slips are for, right?). It draped perfectly and would have been stunning with this Stella & Dot Casablanca necklace and Vintage Crystal Studs I already own. The DVF gown is on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue for $317.
This Piperlime Collection Embellished Dress is great for showing off your legs! It was a little too stiff for me and not my favorite silhouette to wear, but I tried! You can find it at Piperlime for $109.
This Black Halo gown is the first dress I tried on. Not only was it over budget, but it looked terrible on me! Too bad, right? Because it’s so pretty.
If the sky was the limit, I would be wearing this look. This Kenzo Twill Mountain Dress is to-die for! But at $965, it didn’t meet my budget for this event. I added a REISS belt to it because fit and flare is better for me when the waist is belted, just a personal preference. And look at those shoes! Love, love, love these Consuelo Calfhair Ankle Wrap Pumps by Ivy Kirzhner, currently on sale for $258 at www.lastcall.com! Hurry. And Kate Spade stud earrings and a couple of bangles too finish the look.
This is the Bloomingdales Boutique Gown (now on sale for $223) I chose. Really, from the beginning, I wanted to wear a long gown with long sleeves. I love the beading detail around the neckline and keyhole, and it fit perfectly (aside from drastic hemming). I also had the little train removed because I think it made it a little too formal and there is nothing more annoying than people stepping on your dress all night. The beading shows up a little silver and gold in this photo, but it’s actually all silver & platinum looking. I finished the look with jewelry I already own (whoop!) from Stella & Dot, Casablanca earrings with the bottom piece removed, the Casablanca bracelet and the Deco Cocktail Ring. I’m thinking of doing a faux bob for the occasion and polishing the look with bright red lips and nails. I know I’m wearing a 4-inch heel, but shoes are still TBD, although these Caparros peep-toe heels would be a great choice, and are on sale at Lord & Taylor for $60.
If you have questions or need advice, feel free to comment below. Happy holidays! XO, Krissi