Easy Party Look: Two Ways

Happy Friday, friends, and cheers to the weekend! 🥂

Today I’m sharing more pictures from my shoot with Alison here at the house last week and how I styled this velvet dot tie back shell two ways, simply by changing up my footwear.

It’s important to have a mix of textures when wearing a monochromatic outfit, and this top has a really cool velvet dot texture. Plus the ruffled neck and back ties are fun details.

I played around with front tucking and letting it hang loose, and I’m still not sure which was the right way to go, but I did the front tuck.

Also, this top is 50% off with free shipping, along with the rest of the LOFT website. Use code MERRY at checkout.

These are the Rag & Bone jeans from the #NSale. Amazingly, they’re still in stock and 33% off! I like how the raw edge toughens up the look and offsets the sparkly shoes and accessories. For size reference, I have the 29.

The glam jute ankle strap sandals instantly take this simple outfit to party status. The sparkly mesh fabric has a metallic look to it that works with both gold and silver jewelry, and they’re surprisingly comfortable because the block heel and ankle strap gives good stability.

These shoes run true to size, and you can find more sizes at Zappo’s.

This next look is slightly more casual because I swapped out the heels for flats, but the big sparkly bow keeps them holiday festive.

These jeweled bow flats are so fun. Unfortunately they sold out super fast. Womp, womp…

Accessories are key to making a monochromatic outfit festive. These antique-inspired cluster drop stone earrings are perfect for a party look; I’ve already worn them a few times already this season.

J.Crew is a great place to find statement jewelry that’s modern and fun and won’t break the bank, and right now they’re running a 50% off sale + free shipping. Which is like totally unheard of. In fact, I think every retailer I frequent has 50% off with free shipping today. It’s nuts.

I’m also wearing the stretch bracelet I got at Ann Taylor and wore with these two outfits — ironically, one was monochromatic as well. Ann Taylor is also running 50% off + free shipping, and an extra 15% off sweaters. This bracelet is a fabulous wardrobe basic that compliments so many holiday looks.

So the outfit formula here is to pair two pieces in the same color with different textures/patterns — it doesn’t have to be black, but black is so easy. Then you add shoes and accessories that elevate the look. Sparkle and shine is key to making a simple outfit look holiday festive. For a more casual event, you could go with an animal print like leopard or snakeskin shoes or bag, but I love the sparkly shoes with both of these looks.

velvet dot shell (wearing a small) // raw hem black jeans (wearing a 29) // jute sandals (TTS) // bow flats // bracelet // earrings // gold clutch // nails // photo credit: Alison Cornell

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