Of Cocktails and Ball Gowns

Every year, my family hosts a large company Christmas party, usually at a hotel, and a lot goes into it. Entertainers, decorators, party planners, musicians, and even dressmakers are hired. One year, the theme was “Masquerade”. I remember seeing beautiful evening wear and cocktail dresses of chiffon, satin, and glitter gliding through the ball room amidst sparkling lights, decorated masks, and live classical music playing through the background. At the time, I was so busy robbing the waiters of hors d’oeuvres that I didn’t realize how magical that night could have been in the present until the photographs came out. Now as I’m staring at the pictures, I was inspired to write this article about holiday wear whether that be for Thanksgiving or Christmas – the formal kind, of course.

The following are the different ways to dress up during formal holiday parties inspired by memoirs of holidays past:

1. The Modern Dior Girl


The chiffon skirt, classic black pumps, sweater, and large sunglasses complete this look. It’s stylish and adorable because it does not conform to the classic standard of formal holiday wear, however, is also totally acceptable to wear to a fancy party. This look is a great way to change things up.

2. The Princess


The Princess is a simple classical look with a simple sequined dress and matching pumps. The highlight of this look is definitely the jewelry and poise. For many, this is a go-to look for very fancy parties. In fact, I’m wearing something like this for my family Thanksgiving party.

3. The Classic


Ah, a goddess is among us! This lovely look combines an evening gown with sequins and glitter (there’s no such thing as too much sparkle when it comes to the holidays). It’s a very dainty and simple look and it gives the wearer an air of grace.

4. The Tiffany


Vintage inspired is the name of the game in this look. The dress is mainly vintage-styled, which should allow an emphasis on your collarbones. Wearing diamonds is a must to complete The Tiffany. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friends.

5. The Fem Fetale

Priyanka Chopra arrives at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Wearing red in the spirit of Christmas is ideal for many. But when red combines with a dashing dress, you have The Fem Fetale, breaking hearts like dominos everywhere she goes.

6. The Business Woman


For the women who are all about work, this look brings together class and business casual attire. Think simple and sleek. Typically, black is the color for this look, which gives it a powerful kind of aura.

7. The Heiress


The Heiress is decked out in glitter and fur. She is confident about where her life is going and shows it through her luxurious state of dress. Not everyone can pull off all of that sparkle.

8. The Fairy


After chiffon tutus became a hit back in 2015, I’ve seen people wear them to parties all the time. It brings about a magical feel to the attire. Wear it with a lace and floral top and you’ll look like you stepped out of a fairy tale.

9. The Angel


I love baby doll dresses like the one shown above. It’s super adorable and hides the food baby we know is inevitable at all these holiday events, so if you’re someone who doesn’t have self-control, think about wearing this look.

10. The Royal


I was surprised when I saw this photo on Pinterest because this was almost exactly like the gown I wore the night of the masquerade party. A ball gown is the ultimate holiday party attire. It’s big, romantic, and looks beautiful when you’re out on the dance floor.


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