In my opinion, the biggest difference between a corporate party and a cocktail party with friends is the amount of your body that you should show off. No one is telling you to show up in a nun's habit, but make sure your clothes are well tailored (but not too tight) and you are covered up! So ladies, no strapless, no bandage dresses, and keep your hemline well below your lady bits. Save it for New Year's (which we will be discussing later in the week!). If that sounds boring to you, try something besides your favorite LBD (yay color!) and use accessories! I would also recommend wearing close toed shoes and tights/hose...if it's 30 degrees outside I would certainly question your judgement in wearing sandals or even peep toe pumps to a party. The frigid, shivering look is never attractive...especially if your legs turn blue. Hobbling is also never cute, so if you are going to a true cocktail party wear lower heels...if it's a sit down dinner go for the high heels!
Now for some inspiration, here are some dressy options in universally flattering colors and they are right on trend with the lace texture (and offer an appropriate amount of coverage):
|Talbots - $119|
|Talbots - $99|
Lots of these stores will be offering discounts over the next couple of weeks, so look for sales to help bring the prices down and don't forget Ebates!
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Pssst - If you are worried about sticking to your diet during your rounds of parties, check out our article on how to beat winter weight gain for some tips!