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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Fashion Dilemma - Those Christmas Parties!

Somehow for someone who spent the last month basically being a hermit, I've managed to accumulate a number of Christmas invites. I already know what I want to wear to most of the more formal occasions, but I have a couple I'm not sure about. The first is an informal little open house with a bunch of my friends from a ladies' networking and service organization. I plan to wear either a warp cardigan or a big pashmina shawl, so I thought I'd like to get a cute little top to have peeking out of the sweater/shawl. Do you think something like this little sequin number would work? I couldn't find a great image, but it's a drapey black sequin top from Talbots:

And then there's this one:

I also thought I could go for something a little more toned down. Perhaps a sleeveless shell with a ruffled collar or maybe even something like this lace tank I saw at J.Crew that comes in a variety of colors:

The other party is for my husband's office. It's on a weekday evening, so it's supposed to be "dressy business" attire. I know that a number of high-ranking political types will be present, so I need to make a good impression. I just have no idea what to wear - hence the lack of pictures for this one. Given the dress code, I'm sure my holly green cocktail dress is out, but I think a plain black suit would be too severe. Ideas?

Many thanks!


  1. Oh la la, i love all of your options! What about the black sequined top or the lace top with some winter white pants? Would be super cute! Love your idea of the pashmina with a top underneath. And you can never go wrong with all black and a touch of gold, red or green. :)

  2. You have great options picked out for the first party. I do think I like the first one the best.
    What about a nice dress for the husbands office party?

  3. Sequins are big this year, drapey, and sleeved sequins. For both events even.

  4. go with the sequins. it's such a huge trend right now. You'll look fabulous. You should check out my Marilyn Monroe sequins inspired post from a few days ago. so glad I found your blog. definitely following. If you get a sec I'd love to hear what you think of my fashion blog. It's all about the adventures of a southern girl turned LA local. xo