What To Wear to Every Type of Holiday Party
By: Caroline Vazzana @CVAZZANA – Etienne Aigner Brand Ambassador
The holiday season is officially upon us. But, before we can relax and break out the eggnog, there is a lot to be done. By now, your inbox is probably flooded with invitations to various holiday get-togethers. And while that sounds exciting in theory, managing your schedule while also picking out the perfect ensemble can feel daunting. Now, I understand that not all holiday parties are alike. So with this in mind, I thought I would make things easy for you, and style out outfits for every type of holiday soiree you might be attending. From a more formal evening with your significant others’ parents, to a night at home with your loved ones, I’ve got you covered. Now, all you’ll have to worry about is not burning the cookies!
It’s most likely been a while since your entire family has been together. So in that case, I suggest a look that will not only make a statement but also leave you feeling comfortable after indulging on mashed potatoes. You are with your family after all, and I know how much you love your Grandma’s cooking, so a wide-leg culotte gives you the extra room you need while still looking polished. Add an A-line fringe accented top to not only look super chic, but also draw attention away from your mid-section when you’re feeling overly stuffed. Pair your look with a metallic silver pump and structured cross-body bag and you’re good to go.
Meeting the Parents
This is a very important occasion for both you and your significant other, so it’s important to make a good first impression. For this I decided on a traditional holiday color, a deep cordovan, and Etienne Aigner’s signature color. A pantsuit is a polished alternative to your everyday dress or skirt, but can still be flirty and feminine when paired with a furry satchel, ruffled turtleneck, and classic black pump. With an outfit like this, I’m sure you’ll get their approval.
Office Holiday Party
The office holiday party is arguably one of the most important events you’ll attend. You want a look that transcends your everyday 9 to 5 wears, but is still polished and professional. I started with a structured dress that’s not only comfortable (and has pockets!) but will also show off your figure. I then layered it with these incredible suede over-the-knee boots that perfectly accent your legs and go up high enough that there’s no need to wear tights, what could be better? Accent your seemingly simple look with a bright lipstick red bag, gold jewelry, and a deep navy fur wrap to give your look an ultra luxe finish.
OUR GUIDE TO CHIC FALL LAYERING
It’s that tricky transitional season again: no longer summer but not yet winter, leaving many Modern Monarchs in need of a lesson in layering. Combat these indecisive temperatures with a fresh combination of pieces that pack on extra warmth.
The white blouse has always been a staple in layered dressing. This season we debut our Long Sleeve Pleat Blouse
. As indulgent as it is practical, this blouse serves as a radical take on your basic tee. Layered under a sleek cordovan wrap front dress, this understated addition adds effortless drama to any outfit. Complete the look by pairing it with our Eti Mini Bucket Bag
, Fur Pompom Keychain
, and Leighton Heel Bootie.
Classic accessories help pull any outfit together, but now is not the time to be shy. Make our Mood Feed Bag part of your outfit by wearing it higher, hitting your natural waist in our Sleeveless Dress. Additionally, cascade our Evil Eye Keychain onto the side of the bag to lengthen your look.
Pair any of the above trends with a classic shoe like our Beatrice Flat in black or add some shine with our Coin Studded Medium Eva Pouch to pull together our Modern Monarch look.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
FALL 2016 COLLECTION
You don’t have to be a royal to dress like one.
Inspired by historic fashion trends and infused with textures and touches of modernity, the Fall 2016 collection captures the essence of what we like to call “the modern monarch.” From high collars and ruffled accents to crest logo buttons that lend an old-world feel, the collection blends the sophisticated, regal air of royalty with the clean, functional styling that the contemporary woman demands. Featuring both expertly tailored fabric blocked silhouettes and billowy, feminine dresses, we’ve juxtaposed sumptuous Italian fabrics with vintage distressed leathers, making this one of our most exciting collections to date.
With photographer Thomas Giddings, model Jess PW, and makeup artist Stevie Huynh, we headed over to Jack Studios in NYC, located just a few blocks from our midtown Manhattan offices. Bathed in natural sunlight with sweeping views of the New York City skyline and the Hudson River, Jack Studios proved to be the perfect setting for our new fall campaign.
- Stevie Huynh makes Jess PW even more gorgeous with a neutral palette and the perfect brush
From this view facing east, the Empire State Building looms large as it’s framed by one of the many windows at Jack Studios
BEHIND THE SCENES:
THE MAKING OF THE AIGNER CREST BUTTON
Capturing the essence of what it means to be a modern monarch, our Fall 2016 collection melds historic elements of fashion with fresh, new, contemporary silhouettes. With the monarchy in mind, it only seemed fitting that we would need our own family crest in order to put our signature stamp on this new collection. We spent hours researching the family crests of famous (and infamous) lineages throughout history, and ultimately, we found our inspiration on an antique piece of linen that seems to have originated in the Renaissance era.
Once we had the design hammered out, we needed to bring it to life, and we immediately thought of our friend and artist, Ester Park. As the founder and creative spirit of DPL Collective, Ester was able to actualize our vision through the use of 3D printing and laser cutting technology in order to create the crest button that’s featured throughout our Fall 2016 collection. Ester took our initial concept and made it a reality.
Click to watch the crest button surface through the power of 3D printing
- The finished product is rich in texture and detail – it’s amazing what a 3D printer can do!
The crest button has been produced in antiqued, matte finishes and applied on styles that range from military-inspired coats to striking handbags to carry-everywhere pouches. It symbolizes where we’ve been and where we’re headed, and the combination of historical heritage and cutting edge technology truly captures the essence of what our newest collection is all about.
BEHIND THE SCENES
SPRING 2016 COLLECTION
We’re taking you behind the scenes of our spring 2016 photo shoot, inspired by that refreshing, relaxing feeling of spending a holiday by the sea. No matter where we are or what we’re doing, we’re always looking forward to that brief moment of escape, hoping to find that place where the sun reflects just perfectly off our cheek, and trying to hold on to that clean and fresh sense of renewal that we feel on the first day of spring. Our spring 2016 collection is all about finding those perfect moments and places in life where you can pull off a stunning look with minimal effort and still feel completely relaxed.
For this shoot, we jetted off to Robert Moses Beach in Fire Island, New York, located just off the south shore of Long Island. With the sand beneath our feet and the sea breeze blowing in the distance, famed photographer Sophie Elgort, with the gorgeous Camilla Christensen as her model and muse, went to work to capture these stunning shots.
Sophie Elgort gets sandy to snap this shadow-infused shot of Camilla – even in her blazer, she exudes that feeling of springtime serenity.
A stroll along the coast never looked so good – we love this shot of Camilla with the ocean at her back, her toes in the sand, and her dress blowing gently in the breeze.
Standing tall in a field of wheat stalks, Camilla captures the essence of what it means to lose yourself in a moment of silent splendor.
Harper’s Bazaar and Etienne Aigner
Sleeveless Side Zip Dress