Wear It Out: Holiday Party Polish

Posted on December 05, 2016, 9:00 am
5 mins


December is upon us, and that means that it is officially holiday party season! There are so many great ways to shine your brightest for the festivities, whether you are a glamour girl or a party animal.

Tempted by that bustier but want a bit of polish? Wear it over a sleek blouse. Want to try the velvet trend but in a new way? How about a gorgeous velvet jumpsuit? No matter what is on your calendar this December, we have you covered.



Holiday Polish - Party Girl


Blue Belle of the Ball

Velvet is one of the hottest trends this fall and winter. From bags to shoes, coats to dresses, velvet is back in a major way.

A jumpsuit is a glam take on this trend and just a bit more fun than the usual dresses or skirts. Anthropologie does it right with this gorgeous navy Nova jumpsuit from Anthropologie. Details like the tie neck, cut in shoulders and wide legs make it perfectly polished and fabulous fun. Blue on the lids was a major trend in Paris this past year and would make this gorgeous party look truly head to toe.

Rock a pair of shimmery SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Minnie Boots and a sleek silver Stella McCartney Falabella Bag in silver faux-snake. JJ Caprices’ Crystal Ball Earrings are all the accessories you need to shine bright. Add a stylish (and on sale!) Holly Fulton Janet Faux Fur Jacket to keep cozy warm while you party hop.



Holiday Polish - Cool Girl


Yuletide Cool Girl

Don’t mind standing out in the crowd? London-based Lebanese designer Mira Mikati’s designs show her penchant for great tailoring on pieces with a ton of personality. Her Mira Makati “Little People” skirt has a playful Babes in Toyland vibe that is apt for the season, but not limited to it.

Speaking of personality, this Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons’ red wool-blend knit sweater with crocheted geometric cap sleeves is a stunner. Wear it with this beautiful skirt or dress it down with a pair of high-waist denim. A pair of Fendi Fantasia Ankle-Strap Sandals embellished with beads, crystals and velvet heels stand up to the bold personality of the look. Plus, they are gorgeous.

Bring the hostess gift with you that keeps on giving: a lovely and long blooming amaryllis. Finally, the cool girl deserves a cool bag, and the LOEWE Punk Elephant Mini-Bag is just that. With details like punk “pierced” elephant ears and ball-chain tail, this bag eclipses all others. Elephants for the win!



Holiday Polish - Chic Ensemble


A Chic New Year

A black tulle skirt is the ultimate in chic polish. Part ballerina and all style, this Adrianna Papell Pleated Tulle Midi Skirt is universally flattering.

The bustier is another trend that, while gorgeous, can be tricky. If you aren’t up for wearing a bustier on its own, but still love the look—layer it. Wearing a crisp black or white fitted blouse underneath this Lace Bustier by Bibhu Mohapatra shows major style.

Don a pair of heels from this genius collaboration between shoe designer Paul Andrew and handbag queen Edie Parker. Andrew’s silver and black Theodora shoe combined with Parker’s signature acrylic glitter heel is a little bit of shoe heaven. Of course you’ll need the Edie Parker Oscar Initial bag to complete your look, along with a pair of on super sale Glitter Earrings from J.Crew Factory Outlet. Swipe on some kick-ass red lipstick and you will be ready to ring in the new year in style.

Trends this season are big on glamour. Velvet and other lux fabrics show high style, while details like glitter and gemstones add major sparkle. Embrace the trends of over-the-top elegance to create your own unique holiday looks, and don’t be afraid to make it spectacular. Elegantly polished or perfectly punked out, make a major statement this holiday season. Cheers!




Lisa Cole is the fashion and style writer for Vanguard Seattle, and her work includes covering fashion news and events, runway shows and boutiques. She has her own fashion and lifestyle blog, www.westfultonstreet.com, and is a member of Independent Fashion Bloggers and Fashion Group International.