There are as many ways to dress stylishly for holiday parties as there are women, and I’m always loathe to dish out specific outfit advice. BUT! Since holiday parties require a certain level of fancy, and since fancy and warm seldom go hand in hand, I am more than willing to offer up a few ideas for keeping warm while looking gussied.
Long sleeves OR long skirt
In most cases, long sleeves and a long skirt will feel like an awful lot of coverage. Some dresses balance both beautifully, but more options will do one or the other well. Floor-length dresses are considered to be formal, so if you’re attending a black-tie event or charity auction or similarly fancy affair, going maxi will keep you warm and help you feel appropriately attired. If it’s a less formal, cocktail-or-below event, long sleeves and a shorter skirt can work just as well.
Don’t skip the hosiery
It’s definitely true that tights and hose can alter a dressy look, and that can be frustrating. But believe me when I tell you that a thin layer of nylon can make a HUGE difference in your overall comfort, and it’s worth the sacrifice. I’m not a huge fan of nude hose myself, but they can work. Other options include sheer tights and sheer patterned tights, which add interest to your overall outfit. And if you’re going floor-length? On a subzero night, add tights or hose under your long skirt for added warmth.
Pack a wrap
I know, I know: DUH. But just want all my bases covered. Even if you’ve got sleeves going on, bring a wrap along, preferably something lightweight but also long and fairly wide. You may only use it when sprinting from car to building, but you never know about indoor temperature fluctuations and a wrap is easy enough to sling over a chair if you warm up from hours of dancing.
Heed your fibers
Polyester is still king in the formalwear world, sadly, but if you can find anything silk or opt for separates that allow for wool or cashmere blends, your frosty limbs will thank you. Ensuring that your wrap is silk or cashmere will help matters, too. Not possible? Thicker fabrics like velvet are lovely for holiday events, and needn’t be made from natural fibers to keep you toasty.
Are you hitting the party scene this season? How will you keep warm while looking chic?
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Originally posted 2013-12-18 06:38:16.