Head-to-toe Holiday Party Looks

The holidays are just around the corner and it's yet another opportunity for me to attend a corporate holiday party in true  "Raquiya Grace" style.  I'm a social butterfly, so I celebrate any occasion where I get to dress up and network! 

Your holiday social calendar may be filled with corporate gatherings or more intimate parties with friends and family.  Depending on the event, I like to switch my style up a little.  When I'm with my colleagues, I display my creative and chic sense of style. At a house party, I'll keep it funky and casual.

Today, I'm sharing my top three favourite holiday looks to help you piece together the perfect outfit for your next occasion.

| Corporate Chic |

Whether you're attending the corporate party to reconnect with colleagues or to eat the free hors d'oeuvres (.. just being HONEST),  I recommend doing so in style.  Corporate holiday parties are fairly formal occasions.  You can opt for the ever-safe, but practical option of the little black dress.  (It's no secret, every woman should own a LBD as part of her closet essentials)  If styled correctly, a LBD can make a statement.  If you're a little more daring, I recommend a patterned suit or a stylish tailored tux.  A sleek, form fitting blazer paired with a wide legged trouser is a great alternative to a little back dress.  Allow the tux to do all the taking by pairing this look with minimal jewelry or a flashy blouse. 

| Ugly-sweater Par-tay |

Of course, I circumvent every house party rule that ever existed.  While, I love a good knit, my sweaters are far from ugly!  I'm basically saying that you will never see me wearing an ugly sweater, even at a themed "ugly sweater" party! Every holiday, my friends and I have a tradition where we get together,  cook a meal, and eat it family-style.  It's a great way to get everyone together to recap our year!  For this less formal event,  I will usually opt for an oversized knit dress, paired with a dark stocking and thigh-high suede boots.   This look is comfy and causal, with a touch of chic! 

| Fam Jam! |

Hanging with your in-laws or siblings over the holidays is exciting and equally... exhausting (... again, I'm just being honest).  It's great to enjoy a home cooked meal, but you also have to deal with your relatives, in my case, the people who know how to push my buttons the most!  Family parties are really special because even though they know you the best, your family will always fill the home with joy, laughter and happinesses.  My family gatherings are somewhat semi-formal, but not overly so! This year we're doing Christmas dinner at my home, so I have decided to repurpose the dress that I wore for my 30th birthday as my dress for Christmas Day!  The crushed-velvet burgundy dress, pictured here, is one of my favourite dresses this season.  I plain on pairing this dress with dark stockings and black boots.  This complete look is formal enough for Christmas dinner, but still playful and comfortable for an after dinner night cap and competitive family board games!  I'm the reigning Monopoly champ.  

As mentioned, crush-velvet is among one of my favourite trends for the season.  If you're looking for alternatives to the style described above, try playing with different options.  On the left, I adore this high-neck, mini dress.  The studded belt adds a visual dimension to the fabric that creates drama and accentuates your waistline.  For a more casual option, this darling mini-skirt, paired with dark stockings and a turtleneck is simple, yet elegant for any holiday occasion.   

 

I hope your Christmas holidays are merry and bright! 

*additional images gathered from Pinterest.  Link to my Pinterest Christmas Board for more inspiration.