Reader Request: Casual Holiday Party

I got a request a few weeks ago (good thing she was proactive and asked early, because I am a wee bit behind) from Elise,

I've been reading your blog for a while now and love it! ... I will be attending a Christmas dinner party for my husband's new job. It's a small company, and the party will be held in a home, so it won't require formal attire. From talking with another spouse, I have the impression that the women will likely wear things like pants and sweaters/blouses. I have some options in my closet but feel blah about them. I'd love to get something new that makes me feel confident. And I'd love for it to be fun and fashionable with maybe a touch of sparkle but not so "holiday-ish" that I can't wear it at other times. And obviously I don't want to break the bank. Have you seen anything lately that would fit the bill? Thanks for your advice!

I think this is the best kind of Holiday party to go to. Nobody has to buy a fancy dress that they will never wear again, but every body has a chance to wear something that makes them feel fabulous. I wish I had one of these to attend.

This is what I came up with:

-Fab Ankle Capri Pant - Forever 21 - $15.50 (I say this is good alternative to the drool worthy Minnie pant over at J.Crew [which rings in at $89.50])
-Fiona Frill Stretch Top - Forever 21 - $15.80 - I just love these all-over vertical ruffles
-Removable Pin Cardigan (shown without pin) - Forever 21 - $15.80
-Satin Bow Pump - Spiegle - $34.00 (Orig. $49.00) - Isn't there something so feminine about an open toe embellished heel? I would love to own a pair, this pair perhaps....

What do you think? Is this something you guys would wear? Leave a comment!

Thanks for reading,

Happy Shopping!


  1. gorgeous! i really really like purple and black together.

  2. It's cute. I like it. I wouldn't personally wear that specific cardigan with it though. The fabric looks off compared to the pants and top... But I think I just added everything else to my Christmas list!

  3. I love those F21 pants! Super-cute! - Natalya of Wear Necessities

  4. I would wear it if I looked good in shrug-type sweaters, but I decided I don't. Those pants are great.

  5. I would! I absolutely would. This is a great blog. Thanks. I'll be checking back more often. I'm glad I found you!


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