My granddaughter just attended a holiday party where she and her boyfriend were not nearly as dressed up as their classmates! The fact that it was a fraternity party and guys are not known for being as precise on that sort of thing doesn’t help if you are a university sophomore and completely out of step with your peers!
How many times do we receive invitations with dress code like “casual” or “jacket required” or the newest one: “festive”. What in the world is festive”?
Festive, by definition, should have some bling. Festive does not bring a little black dress to mind. Your vision is more of fun, sparkle and color. Suppose you are going directly from the office. How about choosing black crepe slacks or ankle-length skirt? Top it with a dressy blouse that is office-appropriate.
You can add some rich metallic shoes, change to a bright or metallic handbag, accent with some sparkly drop earrings, and Voila! You are Festive!
Maybe you want a more sophisticated look. How about pulling out your standby – the tux?
Add pizzazz by choosing statement shoes. Give this elegant look sparkle by adding a knockout pin. Bring in a pop of color with the evening bag. Sophisticated and festive.
Prints are usually not considered a look for evening but with the right print, you can pull it off. The dress should be the main focus with supporting accessories. This simple shift makes a great statement. All you need is a touch of color – maybe bright red evening sandals worn with a crystal decorated evening bag. Complete the look with drop earrings. Again, Festive without looking like you tried too hard.