For most of us, getting dressed is rotating the same few combinations over and over, with enough time in between so nobody will go, "Ew, didn't you just wear that?" (That's what washing machines are for.) But what if there was another way that didn't involve cross-referencing Facebook event guest lists to remember if Tonya saw you in your garnet Vampire's Wife? Ahead, we propose 12 ingenious outfit ideas to help you and your limited supply of party dresses navigate the holiday social circuit with ease.
I, too, am surprised. But this is not a bad way to acknowledge the official color scheme of the season™ without looking like you're about to embark on a journey to find your human father before saving Christmas. If this is still too much, the same outfit would work just as well with a denim jumpsuit.
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With a fancier bottom, a plush sweater can go from the pile on the floor to the office to the couch to the party back to the couch to the foot of the bed.
Hanes x Karla, $30
Remember what we just said? The same idea works just as well, if not better, with cotton, the fabric of our lives, and in monochrome.
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Which is pretty much winter white your way but with a Burberry tag on the coat and some interesting play between warm- and cool- toned accessories.
And to conclude our Winter White series, here is Gigi Hadid in an elegant hodgepodge of loose, pale things, which is about as comfortable as you can get when it comes to party dressing. Pro tip: These could be pajamas, if they're nice/clean enough.
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Kate B.'s is Coach, but it's easy enough cobbling together a similar suit from shops that do prices with decimal points versus commas. Velvet, as always, would be another nice option.
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For get-togethers that are a bit more active, shall we say, than canapés and the Hallmark Channel playing on low volume, go all out in lamé—silver or gold are fun, but not as unusual as lilac or baby blue.
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You know you've always wanted to try them, and Yara Shahidi's just given you a cool, not costume-y lead to follow.
And while we're on the topic of cool young people, Rowan Blanchard reminds us of the power of a nice top and jeans, which comes from the Old Testament of party dressing. But while we might've gone for something sequined and polyester in the olden days, we've now graduated to Victorian blouses and shirts with sleeves the circumference of a Parmesan wheel.
Take the day's Canadian tuxedo, change shoes (afraid you must do a heel for this to work), apply lipstick, okay, let's leave.
Emma Stone's outfit didn't begin life as a dress. Nuh uh—as seen here, it was originally a vest that then took some HGG. So while this story is about avoiding another round of party-dress musical chairs, you can Disrupt the System simply by layering a long-line vest (in the same color) or robe (done up). Or you could spray Miracle-Gro on a blazer and hope for the best, your call.
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Lastly, there's no shame in re-wearing something that works for you—with some reinvention, in the form of a stole slung over your shoulder. It's the sartorial equivalent of "We need a distraction," and it works, every time.