5 Party Looks That Are Just So, So Good

Okay, okay—we heard you! You have a hundred things to go to between now and January 1, and the outfit situation has gone from fairly urgent to "What can I secretly shop on my phone during this meeting?" You need looks that will take you directly from office to cocktail party because, well, let's face it: When do you ever get away from your desk in time to go home and change? You want modern looks in this season's colors, you need little black dresses, and you're apparently really into the idea of going black-tie in a jumpsuit (same). Ideally you're aiming for that "effortlessly cool" vibe—you know, like you don't even care how awesome you look. Oh, and apparently you also want a magic dress that doesn't crease?

Relax—we got your SOS! Ahead, lay your eyes on five effortlessly cool looks from Banana Republic that check all these boxes. (PS, apart from this one leather jacket we couldn't not show you, all these looks came in under $200. You're welcome.)

chic sweater skirt combo

Okay, here's cool yet effortless outfit #1. We're actually super into elevated skirt looks at the moment, and our inner Carrie Bradshaw is clicking her heels over this modern-day-ballerina vibe.

This super-touchable Italian cashmere-blend sweater is the epitome of low-key luxe, especially when paired with an equally touchable textured skirt.

Complete the tonal look with this cool-girl take on a classic pencil skirt.

red party dress

Our second pick for a cool yet effortless look leans into statement ruffle details in of-the-moment red.

Banana Republic really has its chic sweater situation sorted out: This breathable merino wool is wrinkle-resistant and machine-washable, and it just generally seems to get what we need from our wardrobes.

We're all about creating the illusion of a party dress with separates we can get a whole lot of mileage out of.

black dressy jumpsuit

Whether you're really into the '70s vibe or just want to keep your dry winter legs to yourself, a wide-leg jumpsuit is your shortcut to feeling a little bit cooler than everyone else at the cocktail party.

It's all about the polished details, particularly the classic tuxedo stripe down the leg. Also: pockets. (We love anything with pockets.)

perfect little black dress

This is the LBD that's going to get you through dozens of occasions for years to come. The waistline lends itself perfectly to different belts that help the look read as edgy or elegant as the moment calls for.

We're feeling Audrey Hepburn–esque with this collarbone-grazing neckline and luxe gathered fabrics.

This is the one for all of you pleading with us to find non-creasy dresses that can handle being schlepped to work and changed into in your office bathroom. As an added bonus, the weight and feel of the neoprene fabric is perfect for this time of year.

We love juxtaposing the elegant ruffles of this decidedly sophisticated look with a little leather to edge things up a bit.

Still hunting for the perfect moto jacket? Spoiler alert, this is it. (It's so, so soft.)

Need a few more dresses to get you through the season? Check out Banana Republic's fresh drop of new dress arrivals here.

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