It's official. The holidays (and therefore, party season) have officially kicked off! I've always loved a good party. In my pre-baby days, I'd wander through the stores stocking up, magpie-like, on anything shiny or sparkly or glizty. I'd shop for a fabulous little dress (or two or three), killer heels, and leeetle, tiiiny, precious clutch purses.
Things are a bit different now. Besides the fact that I'm exhausted after 10PM and half my clothes don't fit (boobs/ribs/hips/butt are STILL bigger since pregnancy)....the real problem is time. I don't have any. I don't have the time to shop, and I usually don't even have time to get ready for the big night out.
I think this situation will sound familiar to most moms. So when Molly and I talked about pulling together a series of pieces on Holiday Party Styling tips, we wanted to make sure these tips were easy to execute, comfortable, and could be dressed up or down, depending on the party. I love a killer cocktail dress as much as the next Gossip Girl fan, but digging through my closet to find a strapless bra that still fits or a dress that can zip over my expanded rib cage, all while drying my hair, prepping for the babysitter and digging out old tubes of lipstick -- it makes me want to stab someone with an unworn stiletto.
So. All of our recommendations are based on the following formula:
- Find one fabulous piece that MAKES your outfit
- Mix with your existing basics (tanks, tees, sweaters, jeans, black pants, skirt, whatever)
- Stir things up with one glitzy, glamorous piece of jewelry (Cocktail ring, statement necklace, cuff bracelet, earrings)
- Add fab shoes (See our post for ideas)
- Bring the look together with a Clutch Purse (NOTE: You must carry a small purse when you go out. You must. If the kiddo is with you....then have your man bring his version of the diaper bag along. Or carry both and stash the diaper bag somewhere. Don't let your huge diaper bag distract from your fabulousness. We don't do this often, people. Live it up!)
So...keeping our "formula" in mind, here's, the 2009 Holiday Styling Guide For Moms: