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Sequin Ruched Velvet Sheath Dress
Eliza J
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Velvet has reemerged and the rich soft fabrication really lends itself to the beautiful jewel tones of the season. This Eliza J cocktail dress is ruched along the side, creating a slimming technique to smooth and conceal that is always a favorite of ours. The modern fit and large size range make it a winner for most ladies, too. The neckline dips to a v in the back that is bra-friendly, while creating an open feeling that is very flattering. The velvet has some stretch to it and is covered in small sequins, creating a liquid-like fluidity that is just beautiful on – and so much fun for a night out to celebrate the holidays. Add a strappy black or metallic heel to complete the look.
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11/18/2014

Part 2 of 3: Dressing for Holiday Parties, the Ladies’ Formal Edition

Last week, we talked about some common types of office holiday parties. And next week will be all about easy get-togethers with friends and family. This week? This week, we’re focusing on the one that takes the most effort, and with the biggest pay-off…the dressy party. This could be anything from a cocktail party to a sit-down dinner or an all-out formal affair, with dinner and dancing. Much like a wedding (and you may even be going to a wedding this season, so all the ideas we talk about here apply), this is an opportunity to really have some fun…‘tis the season for a little extra sparkle and holiday cheer for good measure. Keep in mind, if it’s being hosted by your office, it is important to still be demure. This season, with the importance of lace, metallic, even velvet and some leather, there are so many great options. Deep jewel tones and true reds can be a great alternative to black to have some fun. And a great pair of shoes instantly revs up any after 5 look.

We’re touching on a few of our favorites key pieces here. Head over to Fashion Finds, for the complete guide to look your best in “The Dressy Holiday Party: Ladies’ 6 Key Looks for 3 Types of Parties”.

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Cole Haan - Sybil Clutch
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Cole Haan - Sybil Clutch
Sybil Clutch
Cole Haan
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Whether you are heading to a cocktail party, dinner, or truly formal affair, you will need to take the necessities with you – your phone, lipstick, some cash. This sleek snake print leather clutch from Cole Haan is so versatile, it’s one of our top picks. The leather has a beautiful finish that creates a deep gunmetal silver color, and since it's finished with 9K gold hardware, it goes with everything. It dresses up and down, so you can use it for a formal affair and for a night out with friends.
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Kenneth Jay Lane - Cascading Imitation Pearl Necklace
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Kenneth Jay Lane - Cascading Imitation Pearl Necklace
Cascading Imitation Pearl Necklace
Kenneth Jay Lane
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A statement necklace will dress up any simple blouse or dress, and can also pair up with a formal dress that needs something bold. Pearls are not only stylish again, thanks to Chanel, but as far as we are concerned, they are always in style. This Kenneth Jay Lane bib necklace is so unique – blending the traditional look of pearls with the modern look of a bid necklace. If you are wearing an open neckline, this necklace fills it up perfectly. We also love how it looks with a crewneck, while a simple ivory blouse and pencil skirt will instantly become an after 5 look with this addition. And any true formal dress won’t need any other jewelry once you put this on.
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Nanette Lepore - Wool Fur-Collar Cardigan
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Nanette Lepore - Wool Fur-Collar Cardigan
Wool Fur-Collar Cardigan
Nanette Lepore
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One of the trickier things about dressing up for the holidays is the weather. It’s usually cold out and that can really mess with our style. Well, problem solved with this Nanette Lepore cardigan that has a fur collar. Fur of all types is so fresh again this season, and this soft merino wool cardigan's collar is actually removable. That’s what makes it stand out from some other fur options out there. Wear the rabbit fur collar to dress up a pair of jeans or trousers, or with a little dress, a festive shirt, or skirt. Remove the collar and you are left with a versatile black cardigan that you can wear any day of the week, all winter long.
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Joie - Faustina B Blouse
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Joie - Faustina B Blouse
Faustina B Blouse
Joie
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This time of year, we all like to partake in a little festive color. The 100% silk fabric takes color really well, making the red color so luxe looking. The covered elastic waist is a special touch not found on most blouses like this – no tucking required, and a great "muffin-top" hider. The high neck ties on the side, and stands out beautifully if you choose to wear your hair up or have short hair. Any skirt or trousers in lace, leather, or even velvet pair up with this blouse to make a striking holiday dinner or cocktail option. There’s no doubt you’ll get plenty of use out of this sleeveless blouse all holiday season, but it will be great any night out with a pair of jeans of dark trousers once the new year arrives.
 

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Thanks, Jenn! If you end up with anything, we'd love to hear how you like them.
11/18/2014 12:58 PM
Mark Shale
Fabulous Velvet dress!! The color is the perfect non-black alternative. Festive and fun but still classy. I may have to order this one asap. And I w... Read more
11/18/2014 12:14 PM
Jenn
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