How To Wear One Dress To Every Holiday Party

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The sheer amount of festivities that pop up around the holiday season can make anyone feel exhausted, especially our poor closets. There’s only so many dressy outfits we can scramble together before we’re left wondering if a sweater and black pants are an acceptable combination for a semi-formal affair. If we had to come up with a new head-to-toe look for every event, whether it be a secret Santa gathering or a family dinner, our wallets would basically go on strike. Dressing up for the season should be fun and a chance to play with formal trends! You shouldn’t feel the need to rent a runway closet to feel accomplished. Which is why we’re betting that if you play it right, you can actually make a single dress work for every single event.

The key is going for something simple and form fitting in a versatile shade. Enter the slip dress, which you can find virtually anywhere these days. No longer a boudoir item, they are available in every fabric, color, and size; it’s versatility makes it the ideal blank canvas for styling a multitude of ways.

To spark some inspiration, we’ve but together five different looks for five different holiday affairs that all feature the same little slip dress. While we love the affordable red Jeanie Dress from Aritzia, feel free to shop around for one that’s right for you. Now you can RSVP to every event this year because your outfits are now taken care of.

Work Happy Hour
If your work is having a party or happy hour of some sort, don’t stress about bringing a change of clothes. All you have to do is tack on some accessories when the party starts. Keep things playful with a pair of fun earrings and jeweled tulle socks to let loose from your 9 to 5 buttoned-up office wear.

Wilfred, $185, available at AritziaBagatiba, $160, available at BagatibaJacquemus, $1145, available at FarfetchMémi & Co, $50, available at Wolf & BadgerIntentionally Blank, $190, available at Article&

Significant Other’s Corporate Work Party
Accompanying your S.O. to work functions can feel as intimidating as meeting the parents for the first time. Show you’ve got it all under control with an outfit that’s equal parts fun and appropriate. A sheer top with embellishments adds a little coverage under your dress without feeling stuffy. Skip your go-to studs for a pair of cheeky earrings, and finish off your ensemble with a classic heel silhouette and a structured bag to balance out the funky vibes.

Wilfred, $185, available at AritziaTopshop, $140, available at TopshopMichael Kors Collection, $1190, available at Michael KorsJenny Bird, $85, available at Jenny BirdMarni, $980, available at Marni

New Year’s Eve
Just because your dress works for more casual events doesn’t mean you can’t dress it way up for the big end of the year party. Taking your dress to new heights is all in the accessories. A pair of iridescent pom pom earrings and sequinned booties will take your dress from Christmas ready to NYE stunner. Before you walk out the door, pop on your boldest coat and grab a hands free clutch for a hands-free evening of dancing.

Wilfred, $185, available at AritziaMarco de Vincenzo, $1729, available at StylebopTuleste, $40, available at Opening CeremonyMango, $39.99, available at MangoZara, $69.9, available at Zara

Friend’s Apartment Party
Whether your friends are putting together the Christmas equivalent of a Friendsgiving or a white-elephant exchange, your dress works for that, too. It’s possible your closest buddies may have already seen your dress once (or twice if you’re following our advice) on your social feed, so wear a fitted sweater and turn your dress into a stand-out skirt instead. Keep things casual with your favorite day-to-day trends like a pearl studded beret, a satin bag, and a pair of winter ready knee-high boots.

Wilfred, $185, available at AritziaKhaite, $800, available at Net-A-Porterkate spade new york, $48, available at kate spade new yorkThe Row, $990, available at MatchesFashion.com& Other Stories, $345, available at & Other Stories

Family Festivities
Have a 60 person extended family dinner for Hanukkah or a low key gift exchange with your siblings? Surprise, your dress can work for that too. Keep things festive with a few choice color schemes – blues, reds, whites, golds, greens; honestly any color that screams “holiday” to you. Keep it cozy with by pairing a turtleneck sweater under your dress and some cute socks (tulle ruffles and metallic pairs are our recommendations) with your heels.

Wilfred, $185, available at AritziaMissoni, $600, available at MatchesFashion.comFreya, $650, available at FreyaHansel from Basel, $30, available at Hansel from BaselLoeffler Randall, $395, available at Loeffler Randall

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