We gave you great gift ideas for your friends and family, men included, and now we’re helping you get dressed for the holiday soiree season. Read below for our favorite tips that we’ve learned after many years of helping our clients look party perfect.
1. If you’re invited to a holiday party that’s after work, choose something that will seamlessly transform your look from day to evening. Keep your base chic, clean, and neutral so you can easily add accessories. Try something like this Elie Tahari croc-jacquard dress. See another great baseline option here.
2. To take your outfit up a notch, swap out your work jacket for a beautiful wrap, and trade your big work tote for a smaller evening bag like this VBH clutch. Throw on an amazing pair of earrings, a cuff or an incredible necklace to complete the look.
3. On a beauty note, never wear evening makeup to work. You can always apply more just before you head to the party. A quick blow-out right after work or a red lip (pictured above) can make a world of difference.
4. For more formal events, it’s probably best to go home and regroup. You don’t want to be underdressed for the party. Our favorite look is sleek and clean with statement jewelry and a sexy shoe. Take inspiration from the model who is featured in our book “Life In Color.” Seamed or patterned hosiery can also add to the look (think Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly).
5. If you have underestimated the dress code for the party, you can still wear skinny dark denim or black jeans. Just add a tuxedo jacket with a high sexy shoe and fabulous chandelier earrings. Think Bianca Jagger or a YSL ‘smoking jacket’ look. For men, try a velvet jacket with gray flannel trousers similar to the Tom Ford suit above. Men can also wear a charcoal or midnight suit with a tonal tie.
6. Make sure you look polished, not over done, and remember that you’re sending out a message about yourself professionally. Make sure your message is consistent with your attire. Remember, tomorrow morning you will wake up and go to work with these people – conduct yourself accordingly.
7. Don’t forget our rules: Do I love it? Is it flattering? Is this the image I want to portray? Is this comfortable? This includes shoes, ladies!