Festive Dress—Holiday Party Wardrobe Ideas

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Sequins, lace, taffeta, leather: Holiday dressing is all about the texture. Adding luxe details to your usual wardrobe basics will elevate your ensemble from day to night, turning ho-hum to ho-ho-holiday. Here are a few ways to get festive:

1. Make an entrance with a statement coat. Take the drama one step further with a cape:

Banana Republic Cape

Photo via Banana Republic


2. Add a layer of warmth and luxury with a little (faux) fur:

Faux Fur Banana Republic

Photo via Banana Republic


3. Brighten up with a structured silk shell. Dress up denim, or pair with a sleek pencil skirt. Top with a fitted jacket for a more formal look.

JCrew Silk Shell

Photo via JCrew


4. For evening events, dress it up!

Go for baroque—details, that is. For example, the lovely scrollwork on this dress from Parc Boutique.

Parc Boutique Baroque Dress

Photo via Parc Boutique


Leather details are a way to add glamor without shine or sparkle, as with this Parc Boutique beauty.

Parc Boutique leather dress

Photo via Parc Boutique


5. And don’t forget the shoes:

For those that like height, these bowed beauties feature a bit of velvet for a rich look.

JCrew Bowtie shoe

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For flats-lovers, kick up the style a notch with some glitter in the color of the season, burgundy.

Jcrew Kiki shoes

Photo via JCrew

The main message is: Don’t forget the details! If your go-to is a little black dress, you can easily accessorize to add style for miles with the faux-fur hats and scarves that are in season, as well as sparkly clutches and embellished belts. This is one season where you can boldly step out with some daring details.