TF Holiday Party Dressing Guide: Casual/Casual-Dressy

It’s around this time of year that the invites start rolling in for all different types of parties to celebrate the holidays. While its exciting and fun to have a full social calendar, it can be a bit stressful in the wardrobe department. It’s first and foremost difficult to come up with the perfect look for any event, but even harder when you’re not exactly sure what flies. With so many dress codes, we thought it would be the perfect time to decode and give some style advice, using pieces from some of the amazing designers we carry in store.

From now through the end of the year, we’ll be sharing our tips and tricks to help you arrive in style the whole holiday season through! We’ll start with our more casual attire/events and work our way to being Black Tie ready!

This week’s TF Holiday Party Dressing Guide: Casual and Casual Dressy

If you’ve received an invite (most likely over email or Facebook) for what you believe is a more laid back event, know that really anything goes when it comes to your dress code. This includes screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-4-07-22-pmanything from casual pants and sweaters, or even jeans and sneakers. A casual attire event usually means you’ll be uncomfortable in anything too dressy, but you always want to look your best and dress to impress. There is an art to being casually-but-stylishly dressed, and Eileen Fisher is our go-to for keeping it simple, sophisticated, and totally comfortable. Take some inspiration from Eileen Fisher, the best label for being both comfortable and chic (above). Keep your footwear flat but fun, like a pair of Joie sneakers. You can also dress down a look by choosing to style with a pair of perfectly fitting jeans, like our J Brand jeans, as denim inherently has a more ‘casual’ feel.

If the party you’re going to is a step-up from casual-wear, it’s easy to create a slightly dressier version of your casual look. Dress up your go-to pair of jeans/pants with a beautiful silk Joie top (below) – perfect for the holidays. Then opt for a pair of ankle booties or our over-the-knee Peter Kaiser boots to elevate the look completely. If you still feel it needs that finishing touch, try adding some subtle jewelry — avoiding statement pieces or too much sparkle, which will make it feel too fancy.

The trick is to understand what the dress code is first and then think of how you will feel most comfortable in that setting when it comes to your styling choices. Here are a couple rules to keep in mind:
screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-7-28-56-pm– ‘Informal’ is not always considered the same as ‘casual wear’, and is actually often much fancier. Ensure you clarify that it is indeed a ‘casual wear’ attire event.
– If you aren’t clear on dress code, ask your host what she is wearing, and base your attire on that level.
– Casual-wear should not mean ‘cheap’ or ill-fitting. Find great investment pieces you love, that fit you well, and learn how to dress them up or down to get the most out of them.
– Layering your casual-wear pieces will add interest to your look, and also will keep you warm – so layer up!
– Find a jacket that will perfectly complete your look, like this from Marc Cain (left), that could easily transition from day to night, or casual to fancy. Jackets are true investment pieces.

Check back on Friday for full #styleinspiration looks for Casual and Casual-Dressy Parties to give you guidance for all your upcoming events! PLUS – don’t forget to visit us every Tuesday and Friday for the latest in styling tips, tricks, and trends.