Before-and-After Holiday Party Looks That'll Be the Envy of All Your Friends

Hearing the bells jingle? That's because the holidays are right around the corner, and here at Who What Wear, we'll take literally any excuse to dress up and channel glam Bianca Jagger–style vibes. But let's face it: We'll be RSVP'ing to a number of parties in the coming months, and we can't wear a gown every time (boo). What will get us through all these events, however, are pieces that will work with us and our busy schedules, taking us from an office holiday party to drinks with a date under the mistletoe with ease.

The key here? You probably guessed it—artful layering and accessorizing. And to give you a head start, today we're sharing our edit of versatile statement pieces (stunning glittery ankle boots, anyone?) from the Express holiday collection that are on trend and ready to take you to all of the occasions you've got booked in the near future. Ahead, see the layering and accessorizing tips we're relying on this winter and all of the places we'll be wearing them.

Swap Your Top (And Add Earrings)

A white blouse never fails to be the saving grace of our wardrobes—it's truly our desert-island item. Select a style with billowy sleeves for a daytime party at the office, accessorizing minimally with drop earrings in a bolder hue. And when you're ready to clock out and head to the nearest bar, swap your top to something that's a bit more form-fitting, like this jaw-dropping V-cut blouse. Add a coordinating silver clutch and you've got an outfit that's truly ready for wherever the night takes you.

Add a Coat

Attending a more formal holiday dinner as a plus-one and really wanting to wear a knit corset-style minidress? Try adding a winter-white coat to effortlessly elevate the look. As far as accessories go, we're glomming onto drop earrings in a metallic tone for some extra shine. If you'll be leaving the party early to go to a more casual affair, this is where layering comes in: Peel the coat off to bring more attention to the silhouette of your dress, keeping accessories to a minimum.

Kick Off Your Shoes

So on your way to the party of the year, you've got one last pit stop to make at a co-worker's get-together. Since you're doing a drive-by, we suggest pairing a studded LBD with a pair of easy-to-kick-off loafers with a touch of gold. Stow the rest of your bling in your tote bag for later. Once you're ready to go to the party, kick off those loafers in favor of a pair of 2017-approved sock boots, and finish off the look with a sparkly clutch and drop earrings.

Which piece will you be buying for a your own holiday switch-up? Head to Express to see more of the retailer's holiday collection.