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

What to wear when your holiday party invitation reads 'creative cocktail'

By Seattle Mag


December 16, 2013

This article originally appeared in the December 2013 issue of Seattle Magazine.

!–paging_filter–pThe 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. brstrongbrPictured Above from left: /strongVintage blue dress, $185, from Trove Vintage (Ballard, a href=”” target=”_blank” 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, a href=”” target=”_blank” tunic dress, $76, Topshop at a href=”” target=”_blank”Nordstrom/a. 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 froma href=”” target=”_blank” Craft Culture/a (online only). Pour la Victoire Clemence minaudiere (clutch), $195, from Nordstrom.brbrCosmopolitan 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.brbrVintage 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.brbrimg src=”/sites/default/files/newfiles/1213_cocktailfashion2.jpg” style=”margin: 10px; float: left;” height=”500″ width=”333″strongFrom left: /strongMalene Birger gold brocade dress, $628, from Baby Company (downtown,a href=”” target=”_blank” Xenia Mara vintage crystal earrings, $185, and Eddie Borgo Talon cuff, $395; both from Hitchcock Madrona (Madrona,a href=”” target=”_blank” Dolce Vita Yani pump, $148.95, from Nordstrom. House of Harlow Danielle clutch, $225, from Canopy Blue (Madison Park, a href=”” target=”_blank” Orr Juliet gown, $838 (online only,a href=”” target=”_blank” 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, a href=”” target=”_blank” 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.brbrSarsen June dress, $275 (online only; a href=”” target=”_blank” Shoop hoops, $165, Lunar cuff, $150, and Saber necklace, $298, from Faris (available at Hitchcock Madrona and the Frye Art Museum Store,a href=”” target=”_blank” Dolce Vita Kadyn pump, $178.95, from Nordstrom.brbrZadig 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;a href=”” target=”_blank” Kenneth Cole Bless-Said booties, $199.95, from Nordstrom. brbr/p


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