How I Wear My: Holiday Party Look

Welcome to the 65th post in the long-running How I Wear My series!

December means there are many opportunities to get glammed up and gorgeous for all the cocktail parties and soirées you’ve been invited to—or are hosting yourself—during the most festive and action-packed time of the year, so Jill of Everything Just So and I want to devote the last “How I Wear My” of 2016 to Holiday Party Looks!

Jill, my How I Wear My partner, gets us started and says of her Holiday Party Look:

“I love wearing this L’Wren Scott for Banana Republic blazer in December. It has a dressy look that is perfect for the holiday season. I paired it with Brooks Brothers trousers, a 212 Collection blouse, a Carolee necklace and my mini Chanel bag. I am wearing this outfit to a performance of “The Nutcracker” next week.”


Judith of Style Crone writes:

“My party look is composed of a vintage navy maxi coat with rhinestone buttons, vintage navy headpiece with veil, vintage rhinestone jewelry and vintage burgundy leather gloves, all of which were discovered at estate sales.  The velvet boots were purchased at a retail sale. The background was provided by Union Station Denver!”

How I Wear My Holiday Party Look

Jess of Elegantly Dressed and Stylish has this to say about her look:

“I am very excited about Christmas and am wearing a Karina Dress with faux fur stole, vintage brooch, and a vintage necklace.”

How I Wear My Holiday Party Look

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun tells us:

“I’m feeling super glam in this sequin suit from Lynn Ritchie!  I love how the pieces look fabulous together and each piece works well alone too!”


Eden of Brannan Cottage Inn in Calistoga writes:

“Red is definitely my favorite holiday color. I’m wearing a French scarf given to me by a dear friend, Kristin Wastell (also a style inspiration of mine). Selfie taken by the Brannan Cottage Inn Christmas tree where I’m the Marketing & Hospitality Director.”


Tamera of Tamera Beardsley show us how she wears her Holiday Party Look and writes:

“An outfit perfect for cozy holiday gatherings, I’m wearing wide-legged palazzo pants with a silk shirt. Statement earrings give this outfit a finishing dose of pizazz!”


Jennifer from A Well Styled Life tell us:

“I’m wearing a classic Long Wool Coat from Chadwicks of Boston with a velvet scarf in my most flattering color, which softens the black against my complexion. Then I accessorized with a vintage pin and grandmother’s faux Emerald and Diamond earrings and necklace.”

How I Wear My Holiday Party Look

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes:

“This beautiful “exploding multicolor floral” dress is #madeinUSA by Shoshanna and I am wearing it with a short navy Nanette Lepore wool blazer and dark tights for warmth. I love when I am able to pull out a pair of American-made shoes like these super comfortable t-strap heels by Alice Alan Shoes, perfect for standing and chatting at a cocktail party or for dancing the night away. Happy holidays!”


Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living has this to say about her Holiday Party Look:

“I didn’t buy anything new this year for holiday outfits because over the last few years, I have collected some staples that work over and over. This outfit is an INC lace turtle neck top with bell sleeves, paired with Trouve mixed-media leather leggings, red tartan pumps and a velvet clutch. My only jewelry is big sparkly earrings. I worried about all the different textures: leather, lace and velvet but since they are all the same color I think it works!”


Teresa Taylor, wife of New York City photographer Denton Taylor is showing us what she’s wearing to the office Christmas party this year and says:

“It’s simple, festive, and all by St. John.”

How I Wear My Holiday Party Look

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb tells us:

“I first wore this dress for my 40th birthday party four years ago – I think it’s vintage late 1970s, and it was originally a maxi so I took it up to a more flattering midi length. This time I chose to wear it over cropped flares (my signature look of late), and I absolutely adore the bold poppy print. The really great thing about vintage is that no one will turn up in the same outfit as you.”


Susan of Une Femme d’un Certain Age writes:

“I’m loving navy and black for a sophisticated holiday party look. Here I’ve let this embellished top be the focal point, and kept the rest of the outfit simple and accessories minimal. But I did manage to work a little leopard into the mix…”

How I Wear My Holiday Party Look

Linda of A Labour of Life tells us this about her Holiday Party Look:

“I finally found a Black Tulle Skirt that I adore and when my sister made me a pink tee with a silver glitter Reindeer I knew I found the perfect holiday attire.  It’s an outfit perfect for an office party, a neighbors’ open house or a fancy dinner out.  I toned it down with a black wool moto jacket from Banana Republic and some black booties.”


Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo writes:

“I’ve gone all out sexy with a vintage velvet wiggle dress and one of my handmade one-of-a-kind statement necklaces. The dress has boning inside that makes it fit like a dream. You can tell the difference in quality that one only finds with vintage pieces.”


Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge tells us:

“For a holiday party or holiday wedding, I would wear this black and white tweed swing dress with my spectator pumps and loads and loads of pearls to keep it festive.”

How I Wear My Holiday Party Look

Susan of The Midlife Fashionista says of her Holiday Party Look:

“A tassel skirt and silk blouse is a chic and sophisticated holiday look..perfect for a dressy cocktail party!”


Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style writes:

“With the holidays coming, I love to wear dresses and have a hard time deciding which one to wear!”


Nicole of High Latitude Style says this about her Holiday Party Look:

“A holiday party in interior Alaska has a dress code of ‘Fairbanks formal.’ This means the guys show up in clean dark jeans and a shirt or sweater, and the women dress up a notch. This can be a sequin skirt with a cable-knit sweater and tights, a shiny piece with otherwise winter items.”


Nora of Jacket Society tells us:

“I am wearing our Florence jacquard jacket over a LBD and finishing the look with our Multi strand necklace and earring set, Calvin Klein silver sandals and clutch. The jacket and the necklace set are available in our shop.”


Robyn of Chic in Chanel says:

“One of my staple holiday dresses that I purchased years age. I call it my “Cupcake Dress”. It never seems to go out of style and I always feel like I’m ready to have a fun night out when I wear it!”


Rena of It’s all Fine. Whatever tickles the fancy. tells us :

“I was so jazzed last year to have found this fabulous sequined skirt at Target of all places and it became the cornerstone for several holiday looks (and will again this year).  The fabric is a medium tone gray and the sequins are bronze.  In this look, I had matched it with a cardigan that has a sprinkling of bronze-toned sequins around the neckline, an ivory lace top, and my glittery bronze peep-toe pumps.”


My casual Wine Country lifestyle calls for a relaxed look for the holidays. I didn’t wear anything new this season. Instead I wore several older items from my closet that I still wear and adore.

This very old (1999?) wool coat from Burlington Coat Factory has fluffy fur collar and a belt at the waist. I let the coat do most of the style work and simply added a pair of jeans, suede booties with a slight heel and a black long sleeved top.

Holiday Party Look

I decided to get my little Daisy into the holiday spirit as well and dressed her in her striped pom-pom scarf. I chose to accessorize with a snowflake pendant I bought at a Cookie Lee jewelry party decades ago.

Holiday Party Look

I am also wearing a colorful faux gemstone bracelet from J. Crew that I borrowed from my stepdaughter Tori. I wear it with my fanciest watch, a Rolex my husband gave me about 10 years ago.

Holiday Party Look

Thank you to all the stylish participants! Be sure to see even more Holiday Party Looks at Jill’s

How I Wear My Holiday Party Look

Now for next month’s theme!

Let’s kick off 2017 with our tall boots! Even in warmer climes those wardrobe staples are not out of place in January, so style your favorite pair—whether they are to the knee or over it—and join us for “How I Wear My: Tall Boots.” Send photos to us at by January 9, 2017 and be sure to include a description of your outfit, which we will use in the post. The posts will go live January 11th.

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Happy Holidays from Jill and me!

Be sure to check back on both blogs on December 21 for our Favorite Looks of 2016.

Make it a rich day!




  1. December 7, 2016 / 6:08 am

    So many amazing, gorgeous, and fun holiday looks this month! Thank you for all the hard work put into this series! It is always so much fun to see myself amongst all these beautiful ladies. I wish you all happy holidays!


  2. December 7, 2016 / 7:28 am

    Loving all these party looks!


  3. December 7, 2016 / 8:25 am

    I think your fluffy coats is perfect for this time of year Adrienne! But of course you know we have to oogle over cute, little, Daisy!! I always want to dress up my cats, but my husband always puts his foot down!
    ps.thanks so much for the fun series!

  4. December 7, 2016 / 9:26 am

    Thanks for putting together such a great eclectic post!

    As usual the photos with the most adorable pets win me over every time. What a cutie!!!


  5. December 7, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Everyone looks so glam and fabulous! Love this theme!

    Dawn Lucy

  6. December 7, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    Wow!! Such great looks and all so different and inspiring.

  7. December 8, 2016 / 12:14 pm

    Adrienne, what a great coat! It looks festive and warm. And how cute is Daisy in that scarf?!? I just had to tweet you guys out. Happy holidays to you and yours and I will be back for boots. : ) Ana

  8. Jill
    December 13, 2016 / 6:01 pm

    Oh little Daisy melts my heart. She is SO cute! I am sorry it took me so long to come by and admire this post. It’s such a good and glamorous one! I am particularly enamored with Judith’s look. So elegant! Cheers to another year of HIWM and thank you for your friendship and hard work! xoxo

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