4 Holiday Party Looks, 0 Dresses

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.

The Splashy Jumpsuit

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?

The Suit (or a Shorts Suit)

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.)

The Statement Skirt and Sweater Combo

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 Dramatic Top

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.

For some inspo pics, check out the piece by Natalie Matthews Butcher