Yes, You Can Still Wear That Holiday Party Dress

Unlike staples such as a tailored black blazer or classic trench coat, the party dress is an investment that gets far less wardrobe mileage solely due to its seasonality. The holidays have come and gone and our sparkly, glitzy frocks now hang in the rear of our closets lonely and desolate—until now. We set out to reimagine our approach to styling the party dress (aka more on the streets, less in the clubs) and conjured up five easy, enticing combinations we think you’ll be excited about. Scroll down to shop your way to a repurposed party dress.

 

  1. Rethink Your Layers

Often the simple addition of a t-shirt or fitted jumper layered underneath an ornate dress can tame the look enough to be worn during daylight. The trick is to keep the accessories artful and veer away from anything overly dressy


MSGM

sequin mini dress - Black

$1,200 $720



KITH

Brynn Ribbed Stretch-jersey Turtleneck Top - Black

$95



NEOUS

Encyclia Leather Ankle Boots - White

$750 $450


2. Dress That Dress Down

If you’re working with a bold hemline or color combination (or in this case, both!) we suggest teaming it with a moto jacket and your favorite trainers as these can help boost that street style-inspired flair.


MOLLY GODDARD

Shaan Shirred Taffeta Dress - Pink

$1,795 $539



BAGATELLE

Faux-Leather Jacket w/ Hoodie Bib

$189 $135



NIKE

Air Max 97 Nrg Sneaker

$190


3. Play With Color

Take your styling skills to the next level and experiment with a monochrome look. Grab your most colorful party dress and pair it with separates in a similar hue. Neutral accessories to finish.


OFF-WHITE

Elsa Slip Dress

$1,455 $436.49



MANGO

Chunky-knit sweater

$69.99 $41.99



ATTICO

Sofia embellished ankle boots - Black

$982 $785


4. Just Add Denim

Denim: the great neutralizer in just about any outfit scenario is (of course) included on our list. Whether you’ve got a velvet slip on the hanger or a feather-embellished sheath dress, toss a knit on top and layer a simple jean jacket over the two for a Jenna Lyons-inspired aesthetic.


LEVIS

Blue Denim Trucker Jacket

$90 $36



ROCHAS

Velvet dress

$1,059 $741



EACH X OTHER

Printed cotton sweatshirt

$374 $187


5. Balance Feminine With Masculine

As head-turning as you may have felt in your metallic mini, you’ll feel twice as cool wearing it with polished, slightly masculine pieces like a double-breasted blazer and relaxed slacks (yes, we’re encouraging the dress-over-pants trend).


JONATHAN SIMKHAI

Tailored Pinstripe Hook-Front Blazer

$695 $236



LIKELY

Reese sequin mini dress - White

$250



JOSEPH

wide leg trousers - Blue

$435 $218


 

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