It’s party time! Christmas is getting closer, so I’m thrilled to be partnering with Nordstrom to bring you some fabulous holiday party pieces that sparkle, shimmer, and shine.
The holidays are a time to let loose a little and have a little fun, so this year I decided to go for it with this cute, striped sequin cocktail dress from the brand 1901! 1901 is just one of Nordstrom’s many exclusive store brands. You may have also shopped Halogen, Chelsea 28, BP, Caslon, Leith, Treasure, and Bond, to name a few. I love to link to those brands on the blog because their designs are always so modern, and the price points are excellent!
I don’t know about you, but the last time I remember wearing a full-on sequin dress was in the early 90s’. It’s pretty exciting to see that this trend has made such a huge comeback! I mean, how often do you get to play dress-up like a movie star in a bold, glittery dress?
There are so many reasons I love this spunky black sequin cocktail dress, (similar) including
#1 – The Color: I love black because it is always so chic, but I’ve found as I have gotten older, all black tends to accentuate lines and wrinkles and makes me looked drained. The gorgeous bands of bright, festive-colored sequins on this dress make wearing black so much easier on my complexion!
#2 The Cool Style: There’s nothing worse than standing around in a tight cocktail dress holding in your tummy. On the other hand, you don’t want to wear something loose and frumpy. This shift style is perfect because you get a modern, streamlined shape and a body-skimming fit, but there’s wiggle room. It’s a great dress to camouflage a midlife middle.
#3 The Elbow Length: Thank you, thank you, thank you! Finally, in a sea of sleeveless dresses, a dress that covers my upper arms.
#4 The Vibe: This cute sheath has a MOD 60’s vibe, which is something I have always been drawn to. It’s not fussy, the colors are warm, and the vibe is youthful. This dress has energy!
Yes, this dress, since it is a shift, is on the short side (and my legs are on the long side ). But, it works just fine since it is a party dress and the rest of it is conservative. There’s no low-cut neckline or side slits, which would be overkill. As I always say, if you want to look a little sexy, only highlight one area of your body. In this case, I’ve chosen my legs. Maybe that’s your best feature too?
So many of you have asked me if it is o.k. to wear pantyhose with party dresses and the answer is yes! Let’s face it; bare legs are very hard to pull off. The key is to wear an ultrasheer hose. I chose ultrasheer black, which is more sophisticated than nude with this dress, and creates more of a flow with the dress and the booties. I like the Nordstrom brand Naked Sheer Pantyhose
And speaking of booties, you do not have to wear booties. I just wanted to try something different, and these gold-heeled evening booties with my cocktail dress are fashion-forward. The nice thing about a shift dress is you can wear low or even flat, dressy shoes with this and it would look fine. That’s good news for those of us who have given up heels!
Here’s the loo! Don’t forget to wear some shapewear underneath to smooth out lumps and bumps. I wouldn’t go without it in a party dress. It makes such a difference to the overall look!
I’ve added a cute evening bag that can be worn on a chain or as a clutch. Sequins and sparkles look magical together.
If you have a holiday party to go to, this is the dress!
*Thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post