‘Tis the season to dress up! Or not. I discovered last week how to dress for a festive holiday party. And the answer was clear – anything goes!

My party was an all-women’s gathering, and it was full of fun.  I thought long and hard about what I would wear and wasn’t sure how dressy I should go. I have a black dress with a sparkly silver bow in the front and in my heart I knew it was a perfect choice, but I pondered anyway because it seemed a little dressy.  And if I wore this black dress, the right shoe would be a high-heeled silver Dolce & Gabbana platform that I bought several years ago. Bought, and of course never wore.  Again perfect, but very dressy. What to do?  In the end, I went for it and wore the dress with the shoes, because honestly – if not now, then when??

When I entered the party, I immediately felt at ease because it was obvious that women were wearing everything – from very dressy, to simple and casual. I fit right in. Some women like me wore dresses, some wore skirts and slacks with dressy blouses and some wore jeans with casual blouses. I saw it all and everything worked. It was wonderful that everyone felt free to be herself and to dress according to her whim. By the way, I wore Wolford’s Luxe 9 sheer pantyhose, because I wanted the outfit to have a little more polish, and I felt that wearing stockings pulled it all together. So, to answer my original question – I guess there is a time for pantyhose, and this girl won’t say no, all the time.

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After the party ended, my friend said it best – that it is so nice when friends get together. Clothes can enhance but being with treasured friends and celebrating the season is what matters. Catching up with a hug and a smile is what we will remember. Doing it with a little heel and shimmer is simply the icing on the cake! Have fun dressing up or down this holiday season.


Melissa Kaplan Guarino delights in sharing her love of fashion with you.  Fashion questions?  Feel free to write to Melissa at MelroseStyle@hotmail.com.