The holiday party can be somewhat of a style minefield: if you simply wear what you wore to the office that day, you’re not really going to impress people with your creativity. But too much “festivity” to your fashion and you risk getting attention for the wrong reasons.
The trick, according to designer Rosie Assoulin, is to use the 80/20 rule: 80% your comfort zone and 20% not.
After all, the goal is to be “that” girl at the party: the one who is wearing shoes she’s comfortable in, the one not tugging at any part of her ensemble, the one who actually looks bien dans sa peau.
Play up contrast.
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If you’re in a super-feminine dress, choose a jacket or blazer that’s more tailored. Perhaps wear shoes that are a mite mannish, like the new flat oxford or brogue in a go-with-everything metallic.
- With a prim pencil skirt, try something boho or unexpected on top.
- Rocking a mini? Wear a floor-dragging maxi-length coat over it.
- Austere hair, a slicked back bun, and severely chic Le Smoking would step up to next-level chic
- Smudge your overall polish just a bit by artfully mussing up your hair.
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Having a place to put your hands will automatically make you feel more chill. Plus, it saves calories since you won’t have to keep refilling your wine glass in order to have something to do with your (idle) hands.
Room to breathe.
If it’s too tight to sit in, it’s too tight for the party. (Save it for the club.) If you can’t sit down, you can’t project confidence, which is never in style.
Be elegantly off-kilter.
Life’s too short for perfection. “When you look too perfect, it’s kind of scary because it means you spent too much time,” says stylist and fashion consultant Ada Kokosar. “Imperfection makes you more human and also more intriguing. You open a door for a story to tell.” When it doubt, slick on your most magical lipstick (we all have one), throw your shoulders back and turn on the charm…which comes from within and is, without question, your best fashion accessory.