What to Wear When You Have Nothing to Wear

A D.C. native and professional fashion director gives her wardrobe musts.

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Brooke Jaffe, fashion director at Bloomingdale’s (who happens to be from Washington, but is based in New York), spills the style secrets every woman should know for holiday looks.

What’s the one piece I should invest in to get me through the holidays?

> My new favorite look is a jumpsuit. There’s something easy and elegant about it. I think of a black one as the new “little black dress” because it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, but they’re always appropriate and look extremely sophisticated. They’re versatile, can flatter all body types, and are the perfect canvas for accessories. I love them with sleek pumps and a great cuff, bold cocktail ring, and a clutch bag in a pop color.

What should I wear if I’m hosting a dinner or cocktail party?

> If you’re the host, you should look elegant, but also be comfortable to walk and move around. I love the jumpsuit for this too, but you can also never, ever go wrong with a cocktail dress, especially in the beautiful colors and prints we are seeing this time of year. A number of designers were inspired by art and created dresses with painterly prints in bold colors. The artistic inspiration combined with classic sheath shapes and fit-and-flare silhouettes look so fresh.

What color should I try this season?

> Whatever the occasion, go for bright red. From short to long, this is a color to embrace for the season, and I love the dramatic effect of matching a bold red dress to black accessories. Adding a little black shrug is elegant and modern.

What’s a head-turning trend that is simple to pull off?

> Skirts. This is one of the most important additions you can make to your wardrobe, and there are so many variations. A ball skirt looks incredibly sharp, as there is something both retro and modern to the look. If that’s not for you, choose a black skirt in a dressy fabric; it can be short or longer, and full or pencil. If you have a black leather pencil skirt hanging in your closet, it will look new and fresh when you add some shine up top!