how to: holiday swagger

Attending a holiday party can feel a bit like playing a game of Minesweeper; you never know what ticking time bombs may be hidden beneath all those smiling faces and red ribbon.

And sure, there will always be names you don't remember, subjects you didn't manage to avoid, and "oh god, is that my ex??" But before you resign yourself to that tried and true LBD and head to the open bar, remember what the holidays are really about:  


Just kidding.

It's about peace, love, and gratitude.  So put on your best sequins, sweatpants, or whatever makes you look and feel your best.  Save the dread for Valentine's Day - be yourself, let loose, and have fun.

To jumpstart your holiday groove, we've each put together a look that gets us feeling festive in our own unique way.  Because it's the most wonderful time of the year! (At least that's what we'll keep telling ourselves)


"The holidays are about having fun and coming together, so I like to wear something a bit unexpected but still approachable. This Rachel Comey lace jumpsuit is the perfect blend of sexy and playful that will guarantee you have a good night."


"I am prone to sudden outbreaks of erratic and sometimes dangerous dance moves, so pantsuits are my go-to attire for any celebration. And this printed Stella McCartney blazer is giving me just the right amount of thematic kitsch I crave."


"It wouldn't be the holidays without a bit of drama - so why not run with it? This beaded Haute Hippie dress is dripping with glamour and even though I'm no angel, when I wear it I feel worthy of being perched at the top of the tree."


"You can't go wrong with the classic femininity of this skirt by Kobi Halpernin. To me, it looks very editorial, but to granny it will look like a new table topper to put underneath her holiday spread."


"It can be easy to lose yourself this time of year and when I go to a party, I don't want to feel like I'm wearing a costume. The versatility of this Helmut Lang jacket and the classic cut of this Theory skirt satisfy the pragmatist in me, but the details make me feel special."

All items featured are available for purchase.

Eva's Look - Rachel Comey Jumpsuit, Size 2, $150

Zoe's Look - Skirt, Theory, Size 6, $69;  Jacket: Helmut Lang, M, $125; Boots: Ann Demeulemeester, 38.5, $425

Sally's Look - Jacket: Stella McCartney, 40, $298;  Pants: Acne Studios, 6, $150, Shoes: Oscar de la Renta, 40.5, $295

Valentina's Look - Dress: Haute Hippie, M, $495;  Shoes: Christian Louboutin, 38, $298

Maycee's Look - Skirt: Kobi Halpernin, S, $179;  Jacket: Current Elliot, 2, $175; Shoes: Loeffler Randall, 7, $165

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