The desire to dazzle for any given occasion is completely natural and understandable. The pressure to look stunning, not to mention different at every event can be taxing on one’s creative styling powers, not to mention on the wallet. However, that same pressure doubles during the holidays as a great number of events are lined up in a very short time span, and if we factor in the Christmas gift shopping, there is virtually no wiggle room left in your budget to accommodate a different dress for each and every party.
Hence, the million dollar question – how can you possibly achieve not showing up in the exact same outfit while rocking the same dress? The answer lies in the right kind of dress, that elusive Holy Grail garment that can be transformed with the greatest of ease and look fresh and inspiring each subsequent time. After what can only be described as an endless search, we believe that very dress has been found, and it is the mighty, super chic chameleon that goes by the name blazer dress.
The blazer dress is amazing, there is absolutely no denying it, but in order for it to serve this multipurpose we have in mind, it has to be just the right variety, as with its rising popularity a plethora or modified versions have appeared. What you want to look for is the asymmetric, single color one with just one button strategically placed near the hip.
The asymmetry gives it a touch of that minimalistic edge, while also making it look less conservative and ‘office attire-y’ in comparison to the double-breasted one. Plus, in terms of the experiments you’ll be conducting with it, it is the perfect candidate.
The office Christmas party
As there is no way of avoiding this particular festivity, which in most companies takes place during the day, you should strive for a look that is festive yet somewhat conservative. This dress alone could be just a tad too much for this kind of event, but there is a way for it to be the focal point of your outfit. The best thing to do is to pair it with straight leg pants. If you want the look to be completely conservative (and you already have this pair in your wardrobe) go with a cream, silver or white pair. Since the dress isn’t a body-hugging one, you can decide to go with a straight or wide leg pants.
If you choose the latter, light and breathable fabrics with a plenty of movement will look absolutely striking while keeping with the daytime ‘casual’ tone of the party. Keep the jewelry minimal – geometric bracelet will look wonderfully if you go for the rolled sleeve look, and the sharp V-neck calls for a delicate gold chain. Red lips for a festive mood, and hair down and low-key.
While the first outfit works for family gatherings as well, but if you feel that the pants make the look overly conservative, a peach color pleated skirt will definitely take care of that. Pairing dresses with skirts has always been one of the most creative and riskiest moves, but if you go with a midi pleated, you will achieve that family-friendly look in a minute. You can even change on your way from one party to the other.
Let the creativity flow
The most creative approach, one that will truly show your fashion dexterity is unbuttoning the dress, pulling it to the side and placing a chunky, cerulean blue or red belt with stones on the buckle around the waist. This is why a double-breasted dress wouldn’t work as it would make the look too busy. Then, add a satin lace camisole top to the mix, (we know you have one), in either cream or peach, and top the look off with a gorgeous pin-up-inspired pair of high-waist shorts that elongate the legs. This look is equal sexy and sophisticated, aside from being completely ingenious and creative. Just make sure you have a stunning pair of suede pumps in a color that matches the belt.
Your time to shine
When preparing to make an appearance to one of the parties you’re actually looking forward to, it is time to get creative. There are two ways you can go about this outfit (which is pure perfection if you have two wild parties ahead of you). The first is the simple solution – wear the dress in its original form, but accomplish the wow factor by putting the right accessories to use. Gold glitter leggings or even tights have been waiting for Christmas to arrive as sequins were probably made by Santa himself. There is no garment as festive as this one, and the mixture of these two garments is simply the embodiment of holiday joy.