Each year, as sure as your doddering great aunt will show up in the ugliest and possibly battery-operated Christmas sweater ever – IF she doesn’t show up actually wearing the Christmas tree skirt – naughty girls act out at holiday parties. How do we spot them? Invariably, they’re the ones wearing leopard spots as proudly as Hester Prynne wore her scarlet “A”. Just as surely, one girl takes the party too far and the next thing you know everyone who wore leopard is blamed. How do you separate yourself from the pack?
Thankfully, this season chic naughty girls can ditch the spots and go for scales. Python is twice as sexy and oh-so-subtle! If you’re a Jersey Girl – I mean the fabric, not the shore – then opt for Roberto Cavalli’s V-neck Jersey Dress. As flattering as any of Donna Karan’s Ten Easy Pieces, this dress will make you stand out and still be the most comfortable woman in the room. The bracelet sleeves are perfect for an armful of attention-grabbing bangles. If tight is never tight enough in your book, then go for broke with Herve Leger’s signature bandage dress with the strappy halter top. Pair it with your favorite boyfriend blazer and you’ll be able to go from office to after hours with ease. Finally, if ladylike is your chosen style, then Chloe has the answer. The Chloe shirt dress in snake print with its pointed collar, long sleeves, and mid calf length provides full coverage but amps up the sex appeal for all you Charlottes out there.
If shoes are your fashion passion, then you have many on trend options this season. Early adopters are already sporting next season’s closed toe pointy stiletto and debating the relative merits of toe cleavage, but I’ll leave that for another day. This holiday season, Enzo Angiolini offers the Metz with wide straps to hold you securely atop a narrow four inch heel. If you’re true to OPI’s Chicago Collection and can’t imagine calling it a party without showing off your pedicurist’s artistry with Lincoln Park in the Dark, then Mark & James by Badgley Mischka has the perfect hybrid for you. Their d’Orsay pump features a single strap that will perfectly frame your pedicure. If you plan to dance the night away, then you probably already know that the wedge is your best friend. Steve Madden’s Wicked wedge features a 1.5 inch platform that makes the 5 inch heel more than manageable, even on the trickiest dance floors.
Even if you are in an unhealthy co-dependent relationship with your LBD, you can still update your look with accessories. This season’s must-have baton clutch plants you firmly on trend, and serves as a handy weapon in sticky situations! Most evening bags are barely deep enough for a credit card but this Jimmy Choo clutch will fit your smart phone, keys, and lipstick – everything you’ll need for a great night on the town.
Remember, if you choose to wear snake this season, you’ll be able to slide chicly by the passed out girl in her unwrapped wrap dress lying on the office couch like a discarded Secret Santa gift, with your pride and your fashion reputation intact!
1. Roberto Cavalli Snake Printed V-Neck Jersey Dress, now $703
2. Hervé Léger Snakeskin-Print Bandage Dress, now $1120
3. Chloe Python-Print Silk Dress, now $1800
4. Enzo Angiolini Metz, now 66.99
5. Mark & James by Badgley Mischka, Mark & James Paris, now $126.99
6. Steve Madden’ WICKED-S, now $99.98