Party-wear, by default

One of the things that I highlye recommend that every woman invest in their wardrobe, is a default party outfit. Whether that be a dress or a some sort of blouse that is wearable for all types of occasions and something you feel good in no matter what and for those occasions where you just can’t find anything to wear.  This happens to be mine:
DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Halter top + wide leg trousers + statement ear cuff DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Halter top + wide leg trousers + statement ear cuff DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Halter top + wide leg trousers + statement ear cuffDvF halter top (old) / Aritzia Trousers (similar) / Le Chateau rings (here and here) / Aldo Minaudiere (similar) / Ann Taylor Pumps / Forever21 Bracelet / Forever21 statement ear cuff (also love this — 35% off Cyber Monday with code VIP)

An DvF halter top that can be tied a multitude of ways, with a beautiful drape and looks great with either trousers or a skirt. I was attending my first holiday party with my new firm and my attendance was somewhat last minute. Despite making an attempt to find something in the stores, even braving the Black Friday madness, I couldn’t find anything I felt good in. The only thing I was sure of, was that I wanted my statement ear cuff to be the focal point. So I went to my hairstylist and had her style my hair but not before telling her that my ear cuff absolutely had to be showing. She happily obliged by pinning the hair behind my ear for a cute little party ‘do.  I had initially envisioned something a more on the edgier side (as per usual), but I couldn’t argue with this look either. I gave it a bit more edge with a dark lip.

Do you have default party outfit? I’d love to hear it!

And we can’t forget those Cyber Monday deals:

Bauble Bar: 35% off most items with code VIP. Admittedly, however, the really amazing stuff right now is Olivia Palermo‘s line but is excluded from the promo.

Ann Taylor: 50% off plus free shipping on everything. Great deal, because usually free shipping isn’t offered with these types of promotions forcing to spend that $175 to get free shipping. Use code EVERYTHING. I’ve had some good experience with their cashmere, so I’m thinking of picking up a couple of crewnecks in this cobalt blue and burgundy.

Banana Republic: 40% off everything, no exclusions. Code BESTCYBER.

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Holiday Dressing without the Dress

If you have followed my blog way before it became “Dressed Accordingly”, you know that I have always had a difficult time with dresses.  I generally find myself uncomfortable wearing them, so when the holidays come around and I find myself in the position of having to “dress up” it used to (and still can) be very stressful.

But over the years, I’ve come to realize that holiday dressing does not always have to involve wearing a dress. A great wide leg trouser, a one-piece jumpsuit, or a culotte, can be a beautiful and sophisticated alternative to a dress. If you don’t currently have any of these pieces in your closet, here are some great options I’ve come across as of late:

As for the top, I tend to find myself leaning towards halter tops, but I did come across this cool fringe top at Zara which can easily be layered over a simple black sheath dress or paired with a trouser or skirt. I purchased this myself to try out for the holiday party with my colleagues and I’m excited to see if it works in real life as well as it does in my imagination!

Also, accessories are extremely important to finish off these looks. For everyday, I’m pretty simple when it comes to accessorizing, but for the holidays, usually the blingier the better. I’m loving the oversized earcuff right now, but some more “traditional” statement earrings or necklace with a large ring, is also great to complement an outfit.

A few other items that I think are great alternatives to the dress for holiday dressing here:

And for those of you already for Black Friday deals, J.Crew is having a sale: 30% your entire purchase including stuff that’s NEVER on sale (hello, Regent blazer?!).  Their December Collection has been released today if anyone is looking for some brand new goodies.It’s also a great time to pick up some outerwear as the temperatures are really starting to drop. Plus, today (Tuesday), free shipping on any purchase. And for cardmembers, an extra 40% off sale. Use code GETSHOPPING. I picked up this blazer.

Shopbop is having a buy more, save more sale. With code GOBIG15, get 15% off your purchase of $250, 20% off your purchase of $500 or 25% off your purchase of $1000+.

Madewell is offering 25% off your entire purchase with code CALMDOWN. This bucket bag has been in constant rotation since I got it!

For those of you that also bypass the dress for the holidays, what will you be wearing to holiday events? I’d love to hear it!

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A Flash of Red

The easiest way for me to add color to my usually neutral outfits is to add a colored scarf. These square scarves are great for warmer months when temperatures allow for an extra something to be hanging around your neck. The red also gives a little more visual interest to a white button-down and blue denim.

Boyfriend Tunic Shirt + Red Scarf + Distressed Denim + Bucket Bag Boyfriend Tunic Shirt + Red Scarf + Distressed Denim + Bucket BagGenetic Denim Shya (similar)/ Vince Bogart Slipper Flats / Madewell Bucket Bag / J.Crew Endless Shirt / Jacob Scarf  / Forever21 Rings and bracelets

I’ve been traveling a lot lately, so although I think I’ve done a pretty good job of keeping my blog posts regular, occasionally I hit a bit of a slow down. I’m hoping things will settle down soon!

Also a quick mention, Ebates has 16% cashback at Nordstrom and other great stores ending tonight! Not a member? Use my referral link! Also, Ann Taylor is offering 50% off your purchase with code SECRET50. And as if that wasn’t enough get 25% off  your purchase at J.Crew with code SUMMERLOVE or 30% off with J.Crew credit card with code CARDLOVE (exclusions apply) with free shipping Sunday only. Happy shopping!

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