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Holiday Party Invitations Decoded!

Ever look at an invitation and wondered exactly what “festive” means? How to look cute and ready for a big promotion at the office party? And if it’s ok to repurpose a bridesmaid’s dress for a cocktail party? Never fear! We’ve taken the guesswork out of the most common party dress codes with fabulous assortment of glittering baubles, handbags, and chic ensembles for each. Shop Holiday Party Dressing Decoded starting at 9 PM ET on November 11 on Gilt.com, and follow our handy tips below for getting the perfect look!

Work Party
Rubbing elbows with the higher-ups might make you nervous, but we can help you stop worrying about what to wear to that office party! If you’re going straight from your desk out, think about a dress with flair, like leather accents, bold color, patterns. Pencil skirts with a fun blouse or an embellished cardigan get a boost from a bold tote or shoulder bag. Now do you have the nerve to talk to your co-worker crush?

No invitation strikes fear like the dreaded “festive” attire request, which is where Gilt comes in. Pair dark denim with sparkly tops, or skip the sparkles in favor of a flirty dress in a pattern. Dress up a LBD with pumps in bright colors or unusual textures and add on a bib necklace or statement earrings. You can even dare in a jumpsuit! Just leave the Christmas sweaters and gowns at home.

Ready to look so sexy that you can’t stop twirling all night? From a sparkly mini to a full-skirted frock to a cool maxi, it’s all about the dress for cocktails! Add on a tuxedo jacket for an It-Girl appeal and ankle strap heels to show off those stems. Full-on gowns and work sheaths are equally inappropriate here. It’s the holidays, have some fun!

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