Holiday Party Essentials

Holiday Party Essentials
Tuesday, November, 29, 2011 While there are many aspects of the holidays we love, nothing gets us in the festive spirit quite like an end-of-the-year soiree! It's not only a time to celebrate with friends and loved ones, but also your chance to show off your most festive and stylish party attire! Much like the occasion itself, you want your outfit to be memorable and merry, which is precisely why we rounded up a handful of holiday fashion and beauty essentials that are perfect for your upcoming events. So whether you're headed to an office fete, a gathering with family or friends, or hoping to meet that special someone under the mistletoe, we're happy to report that today's WWW Picks story is filled to the brim with fabulous options for everyone to try. Hope you enjoy!

When considering the type of look we wanted to create this year-think: fun, girly, and sophisticated all at the same time-our fashion reference was a no-brainer: Miu Miu's decadent Resort 12 collection! We're crazy about Miuccia Prada's '80s-inspired, glamorous designs, and think the assortment of brightly colored, bow-bedecked frocks and equally eye-catching accessories perfectly reflect the season's cheery spirit. We were particularly inspired by the fuchsia Taffeta Top ($790, select Miu Miu boutiques) and Skirt ($820, select Miu Miu boutiques) and black Taffeta Dress ($1520, select Miu Miu boutiques), shown above, especially the way each look was paired with a Leather Clutch ($750)-one turquoise and the other in powder blue-and Leather Heels ($695) in both red and turquoise. The results are two truly stylish, high-impact outfits fit for a slew of fashionable holiday events!

To help you achieve a few likeminded party ensembles, we tracked down a slew of festive pieces, from an oh-so-cute bow clutch to a pair of a metallic frock. So be sure to read on for all the details and don't forget to tell us which pieces are your favorites!

1. Zara Pique Blouse ($50) in Black
If you consider yourself more of a separates girl, we'd like to direct you to Zara's Pique Blouse. One of the great things about this top is its simple, unfussy look, which lends itself to a myriad of styling choices! Our advice? Dress it up with a flirtatious velvet skirt and a statement necklace or go for a more professional look and pair it with slim, textured trousers and sleek pumps.

2. Jennifer Behr Spiked Metal Orchid Headband ($225) in Blackened Gold
When creating an outstanding party look, it's important to consider every little detail, and that goes for your hair accessories too! While a sparkly barrette is always a lovely option, we also like the idea of a statement headband to really give your ensemble that head-turning finish. Topping our list of favorites is Jennifer Behr's hand-assembled Spiked Metal Orchid Headband, which features structured metal detailing and rich gold plating for a chic and subtly edgy look.

3. ASOS One Shoulder Metallic Jacquard Dress ($107) in Emerald Green
We're quite obsessed with this metallic jacquard number from ASOS, and have a hunch you will love it too! It embodies all the qualities you would expect from a perfect party dress: shimmering fabric, playful silhouette, and of course, a hint of sex appeal. And with its wonderfully festive emerald green hue, it's safe to say that all eyes will be on you!

4. Dior Nail Lacquer ($22) in Divin
If there's one holiday nail collection we're coveting this season, it's definitely Dior! Thanks to a shimmering golden powder, each of the five new lacquers has a gorgeous pearlescent finish that is spot-on for the holidays. Our favorite shade is Divin, which is a light gold color that will undoubtedly complement all your party ensembles. But don't just take our word for it: be sure to check out all of the amazing hues today.

5. Rebekah Price Jewel Necklace ($210)
Keeping with the theme of festive elegance for today's accessory items, we thought this necklace by Rebekah Price would make a lovely finish to all your holiday outfits. It's chic without being overly flashy, offering your look the perfect amount of sparkle and glamour.

6. ALC Shayne Pants ($395) in Sky
For those of you who'd like to try some cropped pants in lieu of a fancy frock this season, we've got just the pair: ALC's Shayne Pants! We're totally smitten with the sky blue hue, which is a nice alternative to the season's red, green, or metallic color schemes. Additionally, we are fond of the slim, tailored silhouette, which is quite sophisticated and would look superb worn with a feminine blouse and ankle-strap heels.

7. J. Crew Double-Bow Clutch ($88) in Dark Peony
There are two routes you can take when it comes to your holiday clutch: 1) elegant and glitzy or 2) cute and playful. For the purpose of today's story, we've decided to go with the latter and think we've really hit the jackpot with this darling version from J. Crew. It's an excellent accent piece that will punch up an evening look, plus its bright pink hue and darling bow echo the fun and glamorous vibe of Miu Miu's Resort 12 collection perfectly.

8. Emilio Pucci Multi-Strap Velvet Pumps ($650)
With a wonderfully feminine look and an understated elegance, these pumps by Emilio Pucci were an obvious choice for today's story! They are perfect in every way, from the ultra-chic pointed toe to the delicate ankle-straps to the luxe velvet fabric. Plus, their low heels guarantee that you'll not only look fabulous all night long, but you'll also be comfortable. Believe us when we say these sophisticated heels are a must-have for the holidays!

9. Tibi Odette Applique Skirt ($627, 212.226.5852) in Cloud Cream
Of all the skirt options to try this holiday season, Tibi's Odette Applique Skirt certainly takes the cake! The combination of the soft cream hue and rich texture detailing give it a certain sort of whimsy that's fitting for any festive event. It has a modern, attention-grabbing design, so make it the focal point of your outfit by styling it with neutral, solid separates.-Jessica Baker

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