What to Wear: Holiday Cocktail Party

Show a little shoulder — and a lot of sparkle — at your next holiday cocktail party.

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Eliza J Dress // Michael Kors “Claire Flex” Pumps // Vince Camuto Cuff and Earrings // Michael Kors “Sloan” Handbag


Every holiday season, there’s a dress style that absolutely captivates me. Last year it was the dress-alternative jumpsuit; the year before, anything and everything sequins. But this season I am all about cold shoulder frocks. I love showing a bit of shoulder over the holidays — and any extra, like a jeweled neckline, is just icing on the fashionable cake. Obviously, I can’t get enough of this Eliza J cold shoulder dress with its modern jeweled neckline. It’s sleek, sophisticated and just naughty enough to be eye-catching — but sweet enough to keep you on Santa’s “nice” list. Here’s how I styled my favorite holiday cocktail party look of the season.

The Dress

I love an LBD as much as the next fashionista but there’s something about navy that is so fresh and cool. Plus, navy is one of the few universally flattering hues — i.e., it looks great on every skin tone. This dress is also a perfect match for a navy suit — a holiday mainstay that is rapidly replacing black and gray as the most popular suit color for men. Ooh la la!

With its classic sheath shape, the addition of a cutout shoulder and jeweled neck enhances the silhouette without overpowering the dress. It’s just about as perfect as a holiday cocktail dress can be.

 Sparkly statement necklace Silver bag for holiday party

The Accessories

The holiday season is the one time of year I always add to an outfit instead of taking something away. After all, it’s the season of sparkle! That said, I wanted to accentuate the jeweled neck of this dress by adding complementary shine through the jewelry, handbag and shoes. A pair of crystal rectangle drop earrings and an asymmetrical cuff by Vince Camuto add just enough bling to keep the look regal and modern. The silver metallic Michael Kors crossbody bag perfectly pops the navy color of the dress, and elevates the shine. To finish, sequined pumps are all holiday, all the time — and bring the sparkle from head to toe.

Even the most refined fashionistas love to add an extra layer of sparkle during the holiday season, especially for cocktail parties. And this on-trend, chic look is the perfect way to give the gift of your inspiring style this season!

“I love an LBD as much as the next fashionista but there’s something about navy that is so fresh and cool.”

Photography by Matt Haas Photography & Hair by Parker Davis for Scottfree Salon

Contributor Jordan
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