Trend Feature: Cocktail Party Wear

For cocktail hour I like to keep it basic yet interesting. There are lots of other parties where you can play with color so tonight I'm doing black and white.

With dresses, I prefer a streamlined silhouette. If the dress is patterned then keep accessories clean and to a minimum. Strapless is always nice if you have good shoulders but remember to balance it out with a "lady" length hem. This Empire brocade dress is paired with a simple belt and heels. I chose the neutral make-up palette because of the busy dress but you can always punch it up with a MAC Russian Red lipstick instead. Don't apply from the tube though, use a brush and swipe on sheer layers until you get the color you're looking for. Keep hair back but soft.

Antoinette by Yu

If you choose to rock the little black dress, try using metallics as the compliment instead of introducing another color. I love this one by Integrity! It shows off the legs while keeping the top sexy but appropriate. It has design details to make it interesting but is basic enough that it can be dressed up with many different items. Here I've kept it clean, sexy and a little sporty with classic hoop earrings, a silver and leather belt, strappy silver shoes and a sparkly bag by Joe Tai. Flirty pink lips are the perfect compliment to a modern bob.

Dae Jang Geum by Jigamaree
Wig by Chewin

Sometimes it's nice to be comfortable in pants but don't take that to mean casual! A little lace goes a long way but can be tricky, so pair items like lace bustiers with a black tailored trouser. Keep the jewelry to a minimum again to avoid making the lace look cheap. Add a great pair of closed toe black heels but leave hair down. Smokey eyes and nude lips keep it classy.

Felicia by Halo
Clothing by Empire

For a more glam look, go white! A pantsuit in white can be stunning but instead of going with the usual plain white trousers try a beaded wide leg pant. Because the pants are beaded you'll want to balance it with a more casual top. Here I paired these amazing Red Silk Thread pants with a white jersey v-neck bodysuit and kept the jewelry clean and classic with a single oversized strand of pearls. To avoid being washed out, do a pretty eye make-up and splash color on the lips and blush. A half up-do is soft, pretty and flattering come picture time.

Tonner Glamorous Red 

Come back Monday for how to deal with dressier holiday parties.

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