Just before Christmas I was invited to attend a formal holiday party at City Winery. This was actually my second holiday party there–my company threw a holiday party there several years ago, but it was much smaller. This party spread throughout the entire enormous space and included a live band, a roaring double-sided fireplace, delicious food,… View Article

Holiday Formal Wear: Backless Lace Dress

Season: Winter

dress H&M
heels Forever 21 (very similar)
earrings H&M (similar)
handbag Etsy (similar)
ring family heirloom (similar)
nails Vinylux (Crimson Sash)
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Just before Christmas I was invited to attend a formal holiday party at City Winery. This was actually my second holiday party there–my company threw a holiday party there several years ago, but it was much smaller. This party spread throughout the entire enormous space and included a live band, a roaring double-sided fireplace, delicious food, and all the wine you could drink. I knew I needed a stellar dress, so I went with this dressy, open-back number from H&M.

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I snapped these photos while the sun was still up and flooding through the venue’s enormous floor to ceiling windows, before the party truly started buzzing.

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When it comes to evening wear, a floor-length dress is never a bad choice. I always shoot to be over rather than underdressed, and you’ll never be underdressed in a gown. To keep things interesting, I like choosing maxi dresses with details like a bold lace fabric or an open back. Or both, as this dress would have it. There are still a few sizes left at H&M if you’re in search of a New Year’s dress or if your company’s holiday party is in January like mine will be this year.

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Here are some similar dress options if you’re on the hunt, all under $100:

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So. Isn’t this purse spectacular? I’m feeling particularly proud of it as I spent a good deal of time rooting around Etsy’s vintage bag section for just the right touch of sparkle. I seriously can’t believe how great Etsy’s vintage bags are. I found two that I particularly liked this holiday season, the other being a lucite clutch I featured here.

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We had a wonderful time dancing, eating, and sipping the night away at City Winery, and ended the evening with an informal holiday party at our condo. There’s nothing quite like a good fancy holiday party to really put you in a Christmas mood. I already can’t wait for next year.

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