The Fool-Proof Guide to Holiday Style

For You - and - Your Date

By Eileen Conlan

December 16, 2008 5:43 AM
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Holiday Style Guide

BFF's Cocktail Party: No need to censor your style for this holiday get-together among friends, so you and your guy can show your best selves. Think sexy and fun!
YOU: You've got free range here-let loose and dress to impress in a fun and flirty short cocktail dress. The more you sparkle, the better. Pair with sky-high strappy pumps or booties and you've got the look.

Holiday Style Guide

HIM: He likes the bowtie, but can never wear one to work? This is the perfect time to break it out. It's cool to play mix-and-match: no need to stick to strictly black and white when anything goes. Try brown and black for the modern spin on a classic tux.

Holiday Style Guide

Holiday Dinner at Your Family's House: A fun, sophisticated look is key here-grown up but not so buttoned up you can't have some fun. If all goes well, you might even graduate from the kid's table.
YOU: Take a floral tie-neck blouse and your best slouchy trouser and pull the look together with a dark blazer and cinched skinny belt. Insta-sophistication!

Holiday Style Guide

HIM: Neutral colors are best here. He can't go wrong in his best dark work suit as the key is to blend in with the crowd at this party. Let someone else get chided for their date's goofy snowman sweater tomorrow.

Holiday Style Guide

The Office Shindig: When you mix business with booze, things tend to get blurry. So let's be clear: keep your look professional and versatile. And remember, if you volunteer to don the Santa costume, don't go crying to us when you're passed over for that promotion come January.
YOU: A glammed-up version of what you'd normally wear to the office. After hours, add a little glitz to your jewel-toned floral sheath with a chic belt and nude or metallic pumps, but stash your daytime cardigan under your desk and opt for a graphic winter coat as a topper.

Holiday Style Guide

HIM: Everyone will be sizing up your beau. If he dresses in layers, he can start the day out more formal and as he gets more comfortable, he can shed a layer or two for a more casual look. A chunky cardigan over a button-down and tie, topped off with a blazer will do the trick.

Holiday Style Guide

Brunch with the Boyfriend's Parents: Baby it's cold outside: follow your mom's advice and don't forget the sweater. You'll be thankful you did!
YOU: Cozy knits will show your guy's parents that you're warm (literally and figuratively) and down-to-earth but there's no reason it has to look frumpy. Take a cue from the runway by pairing a vibrant cowl neck with an updated tweed blazer and skirt. You'll look pulled together in a girl next door kind of way. What's not to love?

Holiday Style Guide

HIM: A neutral sweater paired with trousers is a casual ensemble that will show his parents he's comfortable enough around you to be himself. It doesn't get much better than that.
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