Five for After Five

By Sharon Mosley

November 15, 2016 4 min read

Ready, set, party. It's never too early to plan your holiday wardrobe. With these five glamorous party pieces in your closet, you'll always have something to wear. Think mix and match and lots of choices. Then you can enjoy the season and forget the fashion fray. Go ahead and give yourself a high five!

Start with a va va varoom dress. Now is the perfect time to retire that little black dress that you've worn for the past five years. Instead, heat up those holiday parties with a red hot number that you can wear right on into Valentine's Day. Or if a little red dress is just too much, slink out to an evening soiree in a black velvet slip dress — long or short. Layered over a turtleneck sweater, the slip dress can easily be transformed into a more casual style for less formal occasions. Or topped off with a tailored jacket, a slip dress can actually be the star of an office cocktail party. Teamed with a leather jacket, it can go rogue. Don't forget you can always mix and match accessories to create other looks for different events.

Sparkle in a sequined skirt. This is one of my favorite ways to add some shine to a holiday wardrobe. All-over sequined dresses have their moments, but a sparkly skirt can make a glowing statement dressed up or down. It can be one of the most versatile pieces you can own to wear after-five or even before-five, too. In jewel tone colors, a sequined skirt is stunning; in black, it's classic. What you wear with your sequined skirt is up to you. A cozy mohair sweater and biker boots? A brocade frock coat and pointy toe pumps? Let the mood of the party light the way!

Top it all off with a statement jacket. This may be one of the most important party pieces in your entire evening wardrobe. A special jacket will take you party hopping like no other fashion friend. Whether it's embellished with satin lapels, embroidered with butterflies or studded with beads or tricked out with faux fur collar and cuffs, the decorated jacket is a festive way to top off any other basic already hanging in your closet. If you prefer a more subtle approach, slip into a sumptuous velvet blazer or shimmering silk trench.

Pick a pair of palazzo pants. Go wide or go home. Flowing and soft, palazzo pants are one of the most dramatic ways you can make an entrance at any holiday affair. In elegant velvets or daring metallic, these wide-leg trousers will add a sophisticated complement to everything from sleeveless turtlenecks to sequined tanks to cashmere sweater vests to tuxedo-inspired jackets. Petites can carry these billowy pants off by wearing higher heels or boots.

Join the pantsuit nation. Ok, they may not have made it to the White House (this time), but matching pantsuits are trending and making their presence known at least in the fashion world. In a closet filled with neutrals and solid colors, it's refreshing to strut out in a joyful print that signals to the world that you are ready to eat, drink and be merry. Jumpsuits are another one-piece wonder that will make holiday party dressing quick and easy...then add two: bejeweled shoes; three: a pair of sparkly chandelier earrings; four: an artsy little handbag and five: your own fabulous self, of course!

 Give holiday dressing a high five with a sequined skirt topped off with a cozy sweater. From the WhoWhatWear collection at Target.
Give holiday dressing a high five with a sequined skirt topped off with a cozy sweater. From the WhoWhatWear collection at Target.

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