Nothing to Wear? 8 Perfect Holiday Party-Ready Outfit Ideas

What to wear when your holiday party invitation reads 'creative cocktail'
Ali Brownrigg  |   December 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
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The invite reads “creative cocktail attire,” but your closet is filled with tame, everydayoutfits. If there’s ever a time to shake things up beyond basic black—with sequins, metallic, satin and a fierce punch of color—it’s the holidays. As your dance card fills up this season, step outside your comfort zone with festive looks from local designers and boutiques.

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Vintage blue dress, $185, from Trove Vintage (Ballard, trovevintageboutique.com). Xenia Mara crystal and vintage earrings, $165; Lulu Frost Deco opalized glass necklace, $595; Eddie Borgo scarab ring $795; all from Hitchcock Madrona. Patent leather clutch, $850, from Luly Yang Couture (downtown, lulyyang.com).

Print tunic dress, $76, Topshop at Nordstrom. Fail Bastet large geometric hoops, $78; &c. by Meghann Sommer Temple of the Sun necklace, $105; Crystal Edge cuff by Jessie Harris, $73; Jade Mellor concrete Objective ring, $92; all from Craft & Culture (online only). Pour la Victoire Clemence minaudiere (clutch), $195, from Nordstrom.

Cosmopolitan satin suit jacket, $2,800, and pants, $1,400, from Luly Yang. Iosselliani collar necklace, $1,100, from Hitchcock Madrona. St. John Collection stacked light gold and black enamel rings, $45, and Vince Camuto ring, $48, both from Nordstrom.

Vintage blue and green polka dot dress, $395, from Trove Vintage. BrynCollection Dancing Droplet earrings, $65; Juliet Roger matte gold stone bangles, $125 each, and adjustable ruby ring, $85, all available at Canopy Blue.

From left: Malene Birger gold brocade dress, $628, from Baby & Company (downtown, babyandco.us). Xenia Mara vintage crystal earrings, $185, and Eddie Borgo Talon cuff, $395; both from Hitchcock Madrona (Madrona, hitchcockmadrona.com). Dolce Vita Yani pump, $148.95, from Nordstrom. House of Harlow Danielle clutch, $225, from Canopy Blue (Madison Park, canopyblue.com).

Wyatt Orr Juliet gown, $838 (online only, wyattorr.com). St. John Collection light gold and black enamel hoop earrings, $100, from Nordstrom. Iosselliani metal and crystal fringe collar, $695, Hitchcock Madrona. Rachel Ravitch Shape bracelet, $60, from Prism (Ballard, prismcollectionseattle.blogspot.com). St. John Collection stacked light gold and black enamel rings, $45; Tasha Spikey barrel clutch, $88; and Jeffrey Campbell Enable bootie, $174.95; all from Nordstrom.

Sarsen June dress, $275 (online only; shopsarsen.com). Shoop hoops, $165, Lunar cuff, $150, and Saber necklace, $298, from Faris (available at Hitchcock Madrona and the Frye Art Museum Store, fryemuseum.org). Dolce Vita Kadyn pump, $178.95, from Nordstrom.

Zadig & Voltaire Volta Dore Deluxe jacket, $825; Topshop Pasha camisole, $36; Minkpink scalloped faux leather shorts, $79; Topshop triangle drop necklace (similar available), $35; all from Nordstrom. Eddie Borgo cone bracelet in gold, $500, from Hitchcock Madrona. Mimilamour Gold ’n’ Silver Fever bracelet, $97, from Craft and Culture (online only; craftandculture.com). Kenneth Cole Bless-Said booties, $199.95, from Nordstrom.

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