This or That: Party Pants

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(MILLY Sequined tulle straight-leg pant/ Silence + Noise Sequin Pant)

With just two weekends left before Christmas, this weekend is undoubtedly full of holiday festivities, or even better, it’s an excuse to host a last minute shindig of your own. While hosting a party comes with it’s own bundle of stresses, it also offers the luxury that at the end of the night you can turn off the lights and roll into bed while your guests brave the chill to hail a cab home.
As the host, you need a festive outfit that captures the atmosphere you hope to create, as well as being comfortable enough to stand, refill, and mingle in all night. Sequin sweatpants may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but can you really think of a better suited piece? I first came across a pair of sequin joggers in the window of Anthropologie last winter. They were beautifully styled (as the team always manages to do) and I often reference that mental polaroid when putting together my own hostess look. Recently I saw Blair sporting another pair of beautiful sparkly joggers and again went on a clicking spree to locate them. While I really do love this piece, the price seemed a little steep for a pair of pants that (even for me!) offers limited wearing potential. However, last night I happened to spot a near identical pair from Urban Outfitters on Pinterest. They seem to offer the same straight silhouette with a slight slouch and easy waistband and while they aren’t cheap, they do offer a less expensive way to test drive the look for your next soiree. (P.S This black pair and these velvet sweatpants are also fun festive options.)

Mindy’s Ultimate Holiday Dress

Last night’s episode of The Mindy Project included the always enjoyable office holiday party. While the episode itself was hilarious, I was fairly preoccupied with the incredible dress Mindy wore for the occasion. The dress is a custom creation by her costume designer and perfectly captures sexy sophistication (take that Danny!) Firstly, I love that this dress isn’t black. It is so challenging to find great cocktail dresses in color, but the search certainly pays off. Secondly, I love the flattering neckline and subtle cut-out. The currently trending high necklines just don’t work for me and never feel as fancy and special. Finally, I love the combination of impeccable tailoring and the midi hemline. The fact that the dress is a custom creation definitely helps in the fit department, but I’m sure that this is also a thick, structured fabric to hug rather than cling.

After scouring the internet, I really can’t find a dress that perfectly hits all of these categories (not to mention the beautiful crystal detailing on Mindy’s piece!) However, I did find three that I would definitely sip champagne in for my next holiday party. I’m also crossing my fingers that her costume designer finds the time to create his own line…

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It’s incredibly difficult to find a dress this unique at a reasonable price point, however there are several great options to rent for a special occasion. This Cushnie Et Ochs dress has the same rich green color and subtle cut-outs on the shoulder.

Rich burgundy is another great holiday dress options, and this wallet friendly midi dress could easily be dressed up with some festive gems. The seaming detail also plays flattering tricks on the eyes.

Another rental option, this David Meister dress has a pretty textural detail on the bodice and that same gorgeous holiday hue.

Camera-worthy Pajamas

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I cracked up when I saw this page in the most recent J.Crew catalog. I love looking at old photos from our family Christmas mornings, but I think we can all agree a scrunchie, old hoodie, and mismatched pajama bottoms does not make for an attractive family photo opp (add in some middle school glasses and yikes!) I love the idea of cozy pj sets especially in the winter when we honestly spend quite a bit more time cuddled up in loungewear. While flannel sounds appropriate, our apartment can go from 60 – 85 degrees in a single day (thanks building heat!) so I prefer cotton or knit. I found some of the cutest sets at the best prices from Victoria’s Secret, although Gap has some good options on sale too.

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The Cotton Mayfair Pajama/ The Fireside Long Jane Pajama (I have these and love them!)/ The Sleepover Knit Pajama/ Printed Poplin Sleep Set

A Crop Sweater Three Ways

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One of my favorite stores in NYC is the Piperlime store in Soho. Yes, I am a frequent shopper of their online shop, but their brick and mortar spot is just.so.good. They’ve revamped and no longer have the cute signs that correspond to their online categories (“Girl on a Budget”, “Splurge Worthy”, etc), but it’s still great. Right now they are stocked full of sparkle, fringe, brocade and tables overflowing with holiday shindig goodness. I took my mom downtown for a little retail therapy on Sunday and it was awesome. (Say what you will about retail therapy, a little dosage never hurt anyone.) We laughed over fringe covered sweaters that my husband would undoubtedly hate, debated faux leather skirts, oogled shelves of booties, and shared a dressing room to snag sale rack sweaters. I walked out with this cropped sweater and am so pumped to wear it throughout the upcoming months. I didn’t actually purchase a crop top over the summer, and it seems strange to embrace the skin baring trend as the temps dip below freezing, but I’ve found my inspiration and am ready to bare some upper abs…with a coat just in case I (definitely) overindulge at dinner.

Look 1: The crop top and full midi skirt is a stylish balancing act.
Look 2: I love the idea of a long skirt and playful crop top for a different holiday party look (this one is gorgeous.)
Look 3: Layering the sweater gives it extra mileage in more conservative environments (another layered look.)

Steal Her Look For…

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Recently, I’ve seen a lot of street style photos gravitating towards all black looks. While it’s a natural fit for NYC, it also makes fall layering much easier when you stick with one easy neutral. However, all black dressing has never come easily for me. While I do often mix black in with other neutrals, I much prefer a dose of color, metallic, or print thanks to the positive effect it tends to have on my mood. With this in mind, I came across this gorgeous runway image on Pinterest, and love the mix of textures and silhouettes. Winter white always reminds me of my mom since she would often break out a winter white sweater or pants during the holidays. A mix of nubby knits or a cozy eyelash sweater feels perfect for winter (maybe it’s the snow similarity?) An added bonus? You don’t have to worry about the “shades of” effect. While a mix of faded black can appear a bit lazy or worn out, a mix of white and ivory adds to the luxe layered look.

A few favorite picks:
– A white coat subtly elevates an everyday outfit. I love the fuzzy texture of this one.
– I am a recent convert to the puffy vest crowd. Mine is a vibrant red, but this white quilted version would be great for layering.
– A slim white pencil skirt would be fun work wardrobe addition, plus I love a good zipper detail.
This sweater has luxurious eyelash texture with a pretty beaded shoulder.

The sweater and pencil skirt paired with the coat and nude pumps would be a beautiful alternative to an standard all black cocktail look, don’t you think?