Nicole just wrote about her very favourite party dress. I am envious that I do not have this sort of relationship with any dress in my current (and sadly outdated) wardrobe. Sure, I have a handful of LBDs (little black dresses, Dad) - holdovers from my short-lived corporate life - but very few Holiday-cheer-appropriate frocks. We have three events to attend during our short trip to Ottawa for Christmas. They're close-friend/family gatherings, so it's not like I have to impress.
But you know how I love pretty things.
I live for excuses to dress up. Sometimes putting the outfit together and getting ready to a ladies-of-dance-pop soundtrack is the best part of the night. I was very pleased with my outfit Friday. (Before the tights ended up with black knee stains, of course.)
So in the spirit of torturing myself (as usual), I perused online fashion while Alex slept in this morn, and "shopped" for my would-be (SHOULD-be) holiday wardrobe. If my ridiculously talented husband and his ridiculously talented band was as bloody rich-n'-famous as they should be, I would be stocking my closet with the lovely covets below.
I noticed a theme emerging: sequins and bows! I think showing up at a make-out-under-the-mistletoe party dressed looking like a present is pretty much the best idea.
Alice + Olivia sequin top
Kurt Geiger velvet pumps
Bebaroque BEDAZZLED!! tights
Balenciaga suede pumps
Adam sequin dress (via netaporter.com)
cream bow flats (via moxsie.com)
Thread Social shorts
Bird by Juicy Couture sequin racerback tank
cocktail dress (via modcloth.com)
nordic sweater (via yessstyle.com)
miu miu GLITTER!!! oxfords
Betty Draper-esque dress (via modcloth.com)
Oasis bow-print sweater
patterned tights by Emilio Cavallini
Kurt Geiger platform wool bow pumps
Miriam Ocariz wool dress
But, instead, I will have to make do with what I have, plus any pity-purchases my mother makes for me the next time we're shopping (Boxing Day, obvs). I do have a glittery CM party skirt similar to the one below (but more sparkly!). It should be a decent jumping-off point. I've been known to work thrifty miracles before.
[ All photos via polyvore.com, except where noted; collage by me! ]