Finding the perfect venue in which to send off 2013 and ring in the new year is challenging enough. Add the stress of figuring out what to wear, and that can just put you over the sartorial edge. With obscure host-enforced dress codes (festive casual, anybody?) and freezing temperatures, attempts at being fashion-forward may seem futile. Which is why we are embracing the season of giving—and sharing 20 of our favorite party dresses that are perfect to wear no matter where your night takes you. To the slideshow!
With the holiday season about to launch into high gear, you’re probably wondering how your social calendar got so busy. Between the parties, happy hours, and date nights, you’re going to need more than just that one trusty little bag. Lucky for you, we’ve found five great clutches—all available at local shops—that will easily take you from one event to the next (and the next after that). Check this list to find your perfect pick.
For the office holiday party: This Gatsby-ish beaded clutch will let you stand out for all the right reasons. Jasper & Jeera fringed fanfare clutch, $78 at Anthropologie.
For happy hour with your coworkers: Step up your workday ensemble a notch with a structured python clutch. Just stash it in your day tote in the morning. Snakeskin leather clutch, $99.90 at Zara.
For girls’ night out: Whether you’re headed to drinks and dinner or the hottest new club, this glittery gold minaudière will have your BFFs green with envy. Glimmerdust box clutch, $25 at Charming Charlie.
For date night: Ready to ravish in red? Grab this flirty fringed leather bag on your way out to meet your man. Milly Nikki fringe clutch in papaya, $350 at Bishop Boutique.
For . . . anytime: This bag wins for versatility. We love the crisp black-and-white chevron pattern, and the intricate-yet-playful beading means it can be dressed up or down. Moyna beaded clutch, $140 at Cusp.
Credit Alexander McQueen with taking skulls beyond the territory of grizzled bikers and goth teens. These days, you’ll find the macabre motif adorning everything from delicate chain bracelets to slender rings. And what better day than Halloween to sport the spooky-glam look? Stick to the tried-and-true skull—or branch out to a bone-link ring or spidery cuff. Click through the gallery to see 15 eerie styles we love.
Halloween isn’t just about ghosts and goblins. (Or candy.) It’s also a tailor-made opportunity to test out some truly outrageous makeup looks. After all, how often do you really get to play around with the more extreme hues in those eyeshadow palettes? From fairies to flappers, we found four stylish makeup tutorials you can use to transform yourself this Hallow’s Eve.
This beauty blogger shows you how to become that ethereal character, whether you call it “fairy,” “princess,” or “Tinkerbell.” The pretty, soft hues will let you live the dream of your inner seven-year-old—but with the sophistication of your adult self. Bonus: Half of her face is finished so you can see what the final product will look like.
Wicked Witch of the West
If you’re staying true to Halloween classics this year, this YouTuber puts a modern twist on the Wicked Witch. The look allows your inner wickedness to shine through with bold, dramatic shadows and dark, overdrawn lips.
Steady hands are a requirement for this intricate look, which uses a combo of white and black liquid liner and eye shadow to create a glam take on a spiderweb. Tip: Ask a friend to draw the web if you don’t trust your own hands.
Though the flapper is a perennial mainstay for modern costuming, we’re betting this year brings out more ’20s-inspired looks than ever (blame Carey Mulligan for the uptick). While this version is a little more complicated—it involves giving yourself an entirely new set of brows—the authentic result will make all your hard work worthwhile. It’s no wonder this vlogger won a $25,000 cash prize from NYX Cosmetics for her tutorial.
Holiday fashion is our favorite kind of fashion for precisely three reasons: 1) colder weather means more layers, which means more outfit creativity, 2) colors are bolder and richer, and 3) sequins and sparkle are appropriate in all environments. And while it’s easy to go broke adding holiday flair to your closet, you certainly don’t have to—there are plenty of more affordable options out there. Which is precisely what we’ve rounded up in this slideshow—50 fun, festive little finds that aren’t too tough on your wallet. From lace dresses to sequin tops to faux-fur hoods, we guarantee you’ll find something to dress up December with.