If you’re anything like me, you like to buy clothes knowing that you can wear them for more than one event. Cocktail dresses around this time of year seem to stump even the most savvy. For only $98, this black velvet tube dress from The Limited will do wonders for your closet.
To work: Pair the dress with an unlikely blazer, patterned belt, opaque tights, and closed-toe pumps for a polished look. To party: A holiday party, that is. Look super sexy when going bare-armed and bare-legged. Trust me, it’s okay for this time of year. Add a statement necklace and a bag to match. If you’re feeling bold, try a hued lipstick. (I went with blue.) To hang: Velvet is pretty hard to dress down. Because the waistline is so high on this dress, it’s easier to tuck your favorite dark flannel or cozy sweater underneath the dress as an interest point. Be sure to use a belt to nip the waist to avoid looking frumpy. You’ll look cozy enough to see family or grab coffee with your girls.