Fashion-able: What to wear to a holiday party

When picking outfits for holiday parties, it can be hard to choose between all of the rich colours and sparkly pieces that show up this time of year. It’s a great opportunity to make a statement, but your audience still must be considered. What works for your family party will look a bit understated for a bash with your friends, and for work, keeping the boss in mind is important. 

Here is our guide for getting dressed for all of the great parties between now and the end of December. Hopefully, you’ll have an excuse to wear all types of outfits this holiday season.

Work Parties
Work parties can be tricky to dress for. You want to look great and show off your personal style to the people that you spend most of your waking hours with. It’s a perfect time to get more dressed up than you normally would for a work function. But, your boss will be there, and you still need to hang on to the respect of your coworkers (right?). 
Our solution is the LBD. Every girl needs a Little Black (party) Dress, and it’s a no-fail base outfit for the white wine and sliders you’ll munch on while trading work gossip. 
Diane von Furstenberg’s Arita Leather Dress ($595) with jersey paneling is the perfect LBD for any work holiday party. With padded shoulders and a scoop back, this dress can be worn for either a day or night event. It’s simple enough for a corporate party, but the panels and leather add a bit of interest. 

If you need to cover up to feel comfortable, try a knockout jacket like Thakoon’s fabulous Ruffle Cropped Jacket ($2,585). Covered in lovely layers of chiffon ruffles and lined in silk, this jacket is just right for a merry dandy holiday. Buy the real deal, or use it as inspiration for something more affordable.

Friends Parties
This is where you go all out. Holiday parties are the best chance to show off your amped-up style. Forget wearing basic jeans or a LBD here. Anything goes with your crew. 

The romper/jumpsuit trend has hit runways from Stella McCartney to Alexander Wang, and now is your chance to work it like Agyness Dean. We like BCBGeneration’s Cut-Out Sleeveless Jumpsuit ($49) to celebrate the holidays with friends. Be sure to pair with heels to keep your legs looking long and lean.
For a major splurge, top the jumpsuit with Alice + Olivia’s Luiza Embellished Jacket ($796) for a look that’s hip and shimmering. The sequined and double-breasted jacket has padded shoulders and extended front hem. Wear this outfit and cause major fashion envy.

Family Parties
Holiday season is sequin season; the more you wear, the better. Sequins add glitz to your otherwise more conservative style when hanging with your aunts and uncles.
To shine at a family party, try this Sequin Jersey Skirt by Kensie ($58). Wearing opaque black tights will keep you looking covered up, even with the slightly shorter length. Style it in an unexpected way (and keep it grandma-friendly) by pairing it with Helmut Lang’s Cropped Sweater ($360). 
For a black classic that’s anything but basic, this sheer knit sweater with hole detailing features ribbed edges and long sleeves. Your sister will surely have her eye on this dazzling skirt and cool sweater combination. Beware, she will raid your closet.
What are you wearing to holiday parties this year? Tweet us: @rockitpromo.

Fashion-able: Winter Wear Splurges and Saves

Winter is all about loads of hot chocolate, snowballs, cozying up by the fire, and of course, amazing outerwear. A great jacket can be an investment piece that you’ll wear forever, but some people prefer to change it up every season.
Whether you’re looking to splurge on luxe labels or save with cheap and chic options, we have the right jacket to fit your budget. Here are our top picks for this season.
The Shearling Jacket
Luxe Label: Rag & Bone’s Finch shearling-lined bomber jacket ($1875) is simply sheer genius. Featuring a bias zip closure and contrast black leather trim, this jacket comes in a rich burgundy hue. Made from suede shearling, the bomber has side buckle straps and snap cuff closures.
Cheap & Chic: Topshop’s faux Sheepskin Biker Jacket ($126) is 100 per cent cool and at this price, you can still afford a cute knit toque and mitts.
The Fur Vest
Luxe Label: Elizabeth and James’ Woodland goat fur vest ($725) is simultaneously downtown cool and bohemian chic. Fully lined with 100 per cent silk, this sleeveless black fur vest is longer in the back than the front making it perfect for keeping your bum cozy. Fasten the front hooks or wear it open; either way, this vest is fabulous. 

Cheap & Chic: The Long Fur Waistcoat Vest ($95.90) from Zara has all the trendy factor without the price tag. We love the chic grey hue and would wear this to brunch or for a night out.
The Cool Cape
Luxe Label: Alice + Oliva’s Emory Cape with Embellished Shoulders ($495) puts a glamourous touch on a classic winter cover-up. With chain, crystal and bead embellishments, this cape has two front pouch pockets perfect for cold hands. 

Cheap & Chic: Available in navy and khaki, asosWarehouse Wool Mix Military Knitted Cape ($59) will keep you on trend and on budget. 
 These make us excited for long, cold days ahead. At least we’ll look cute while we stay warm.