4 Holiday Party Looks, 0 Dresses

Ditch the traditional frock in favor of, say, a high-voltage jumpsuit or a sparkly shorts suit.
You’re invited to a holiday party; you reach for a cocktail dress. We get it. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a festive little frock to all of your December parties, but may we suggest a different sartorial strategy this season? Ditch the dress in favor of jumpsuits and separates that will set you apart in a room crowded with sheaths and shifts. Here, holiday looks that will keep you perfectly dressed though there’s nary a dress in sight.

You may not be the only one at the party in a jumpsuit, but you’ll be especially memorable if you pick one in a high-voltage color or fabric. Head-to-toe sequins, anyone?

Swap your nine-to-five suit for one that’s decidedly more five-to-nine, thanks to allover lace, velvet or, better yet, crushed velvet. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider a sparkly shorts suit. (Layer sheer tights underneath for a more wintry vibe.)

Pair two contrasting textures for one very cool look by topping a sequin or fringe skirt with a cashmere or mohair sweater. We’re partial to skirts in less common colors, like this sea-foam green or yellow-purple-black fringe mix.

The so-called going-out top really is back and better than ever. Pick one that’s over the top in the best way possible, with perhaps exaggerated asymmetry or metallic puffed sleeves.