Holiday Party Dressing with Ann Taylor
Holiday season is in full swing, and that means holiday parties! I’ve had tons of requests for various types of holiday party outfits. Some are attending galas, many have requested “holiday casual” outfits, and there’s everything in between.
We all want to shine a little brighter at holiday time, and one place I can always depend on to find sophisticated and feminine party pieces is Ann Taylor. I’m excited to partner with them on today’s post to share two party looks that will take you just about anywhere this holiday season. Both outfits feature this flare sleeve turtleneck tunic sweater.
You know me — I love a good sweater, and I know a good one when I see one. This sweater is elegant and refined with a nice chunky knit that’s not too heavy and the perfectly relaxed turtleneck. The contrasting ribbed stitch adds just the right amount of texture, and the flared sleeves are fun without being so voluminous that they get in your way.
In my opinion, there’s nothing as classy or versatile as a black turtleneck, and this one takes it up a notch to a tunic that’s the perfect length for pairing with faux leather leggings — another classic holiday party piece.
Okay, I’ll be honest, I haven’t been much of a fan of faux leather leggings until I pulled on these faux leather ponte leggings.
These are unlike any other faux leather legging I’ve tried — they’re thick and luxe plus they have a ponte knit back, which is so much more comfortable to sit in and keeps them breathable. I also like the seaming detail up the front and back.
Speaking of the back, notice how this sweater is just the right length for covering the essentials without adding extra volume as some tunics do.
These booties are just beyond. The best part, though, is that the heel is just 2 1/2 inches. I can walk all night in these shoes without sacrificing an ounce of style.
When wearing an all black outfit, accessories are key. I decided to go with a statement earring and allow the details in the sweater and leggings to stand alone, but you could certainly add a fun necklace if you wanted to.
I fell in love with these pearlized fabric earrings. They keep the outfit classy and sophisticated, and the ivory pearls provide a nice contrast against the black sweater and my dark hair.
I topped off this first look with a houndstooth wrap coat. Isn’t the black and white houndstooth pattern the perfect compliment to the all black outfit?
With the large shawl collar, it’s a little more drama than I typically go for, but I couldn’t resist this piece. If you’re looking for a statement coat to add to your winter wardrobe, this one is cozy and warm and looks beautiful over neutrals, pastels, jewel tones… pretty much everything.
But I couldn’t stop at just one look with this gorgeous sweater. I also wanted to show you a slightly dressier look that still has a modern elegance to it, so I paired the sweater with this shimmer pencil skirt.
This skirt is a made of a marled knit fabric with both silver and gold threads so it catches the light as you move around, and it goes with any metal you may be wearing in your accessories.
It’s also a convenient stretchy pull-on style with a wide interior elastic waist band, so hello comfort!
I’ve never tried pairing a tunic sweater with a pencil skirt before, but it’s a fun way to change up my look without stepping too far outside of my comfort zone.
When planning your party looks, don’t neglect your accessories. I added this foldover satin clutch in lime gold for a fun pop of color, and how fun is that bow???
I also wore this crystal pearlized stretch bracelet to add more sparkle and shine to the look.
Both of these pieces are highly versatile, and I know they’ll come in handy over and over again with party outfits in the future.
A pair of pumps would look great with this outfit, but they’re on the safe side. Instead, I wore the tortoiseshell print heel booties to keep the look modern and a little edgy, and I also like how they help balance out the volume in the sweater.
I’ve rounded up all of these plus more of my favorite holiday party pieces from Ann Taylor in the shopping widgets below.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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