Although a dinner party can occur at any time of the year, the Holiday season is ripe with parties, events, and endless cocktail hours. From the annual office holiday party to dancing all night at your best friend’s New Year’s Eve party, no two parties are alike. You won’t be wearing that body conscious, sequined number to the office, and the suit you’ve been wearing to work just won’t cut it on New Year’s Eve. Let’s take a look at the top cocktail ensembles this season, and how to navigate your closets in this schedule-packed time.
The leisure suit is this seasons hottest trend. Not just for cocktail parties, these suits have been cropping up on every runway. Alexis Mabille and Escada create stunning blue suits ideal for the office Secret Santa party, while Mulberry’s window checked suit is ideal for a dinner party at your boss’s new home. Alice + Olivia featured a stunning leisure suit with flared pant legs, and Diane von Furstenberg’s red leisure suit and tied top are perfect for keeping calm and collected during a wild New Year’s Eve adventure.
Live leisurely with these fabrics:
If leisure suits are the number one trend of 2018, matching sets are a close second. The matching set makes you look put together, while the prints and patterns are fun and edgy, ideal for work or play. Adam Lippes’ features a beautiful skirt set of contrasting colors, while Carolina Herrera does something similar with a longer hemline. Mulberry’s sixties style floral print features a button up and contrasting seams, and Alice + Olivia create a shorts suit with a lovely pussy bow blouse. Alessandra Rich’s matching set is ideal for cocktail hour with the girls to exchange gifts and celebrate the season.
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The maxi dress is always a great option when it comes to work parties or elegant affairs, plus there’s no need for tights since these dresses have enough length to keep you cozy. Alice + Olivia’s monochromatic maxi features a stunning print and some well-placed jewels, and ZAC Zac Posen’s stunning, crinkled ensemble is perfect for a night of dancing. Luisa Beccaria and Co both created stunning pieces with burnout velvet, perfect for those fancy work parties, while Paul & Joe’s floral ensemble is absolutely stunning.
Keep it simple with these fabrics:
Skirt suits are elegant and professional, ideal for a dinner party. Adam Lippes’ featured some primary colors and a high hem length, while Mulberry shows off a conservative style with a long length and some beautiful marabou feather trim. Escada’s simple pink skirt suit can convert from business to pleasure with a snap of the finger, and Luisa Beccaria’s skirt suit with matching coat is the perfect NYE ensemble since you can hop from party to party with ease and warmth.
Set up a skirt suit with these fabrics:
Traditional Cocktail Dress
The traditional cocktail dress is a staple, featuring a thigh-high hemline and elegant silhouette. Alexandre Vauthier created the perfect dress for party hopping, as it’s more relaxed and comfortable, and Altuzarra’s cocktail dress features a subtle flare. Brooks Brothers’ displayed a more work-appropriate ensemble, with a dress and matching blazer. Chanel’s drop waist cocktail dress is trimmed beautifully with a variety of ruffles, while Christian Dior’s fit-and-flare cocktail dress looks like it would fit in at a Witch’s boarding school.
Create a cocktail dress with these fabrics
What will you be wearing this holiday season? I’ve got to get my hands on a cocktail dress! Let me know in the comments!