With the holidays around the corner, your calendar is booking up—fast. To manage your social stresses, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need—from the clothing to the cocktail—so that all you need to do is kick back, relax and enjoy the season’s most anticipated rendezvouses.
Meeting The Parents
The Look: Simply Sophisticated
Perhaps the interview of all interviews, meeting a significant other’s parents can pack big pressure. Impress them by sporting a polished, sophisticated look that also showcases your personality.
Outfit: A simple combo, such as a knee-length skirt or wide-legged trousers with a solid top—can go a long way when matched with thoughtfully chosen accessories.
Hair & Makeup: Keep short hair neat and sleek, and throw long locks into a refined updo (i.e., a no-fuss sky-high bun). Maintain minimal and classic makeup, allowing your power players to be a light peach blush and long-lasting mascara.
Keep the alcohol low and class factor high with this sophisticated sipper.
Home for the Holidays
The Look: Fiercely Festive
You’ve been looking forward to it for months—the one time of the year to reunite with friends at home for your annual holiday soiree. This look is all about keeping things relaxed and fun, with a dash of glam for good seasonal measure.
Outfit: Make an entrance at this year’s fete with eye-catching shine. Stay casual chic in skinny jeans and a bejeweled cardigan, or go big with black booties and a gold sequin mini dress.
Hair & Makeup: For short hair, get effortlessly edgy with a wavy bob, and for long locks, create ready-for-anything volume with soft and bouncy waves. Go for one bold “wow” factor makeup move, such as garnet-hued lipstick or gunmetal sheen eye shadow.
This riff on a year-round favorite takes on a multitude of seasonal flavors, making it the perfect holiday party go-to.
The Office Party
The Look: Professional Panache
When bulletin board announcements make way for streamers and stereo speakers replace the corner plants, it could only mean one thing: the holiday office party is back. Given the professional environment but relaxed occasion, a balanced look is key to the “comes-but-once-a-year” happening.
Outfit: For a weekday-meets-weekend approach, opt for a shift dress, or pair a pencil skirt with a bright top and one bold accessory for extra charisma.
Hair & Makeup: Look perfectly undone with barely-there waves for short strands, and for effortless long tresses, blow dry hair straight before pinning up two mini-braids for a romantic twist. Soft makeup with a surprise or two (i.e., a touch of high intensity cheekbone shimmer) will serve as a reminder that tonight you’re drinking—not working—at the office.
Given its “gather ‘round” capabilities, this crowd-pleasing communal cocktail will take on a similar role to the water cooler in no time.