Don't get caught at the office or family holiday party with the blinking Santa sweater. This year we've found stylish options for every festive occasion -- no matter if you're 3 or 50!
A figure-flattering dress that combines elegance and ease was at the top of Jeni Sussman's wish list. This satin stunner, with its ruffled crossover neckline and midriff ruching, showcases curves without clinging. "I love it!" Sussman says. Also enjoying her finery: daughter Audrey, who kept twirling in her crinoline-lined frock.
Plaid dress, $30, Crazy 8. Headband, tights, and Mary Janes, The Children's Place. Red dress, $164, Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique. Necklace, Grayce by Molly Sims. Bracelet, Carolee. Pumps, Filene's Basement.
A sophisticated gleam team - brocade skirt and beaded turtleneck - are tailor-made for Jennifer Shiman's Christmas Eve meal with the in-laws. "The pieces are dressy without being fussy," says Shiman. Daughter Madeline's sweater separates have the same party-season practicality as Mom's ensemble.
Twinset, $42, Company Kids. Skirt (includes sweater, not shown), $60, JCPenney. Tights, The Children's Place. Mary Janes, Kenneth Cole Reaction. Sweater, $68, and skirt, $88, Adrienne Vittadini. Earrings, JLo by Jennifer Lopez. Belt, White House Black Market. Bracelet, The Limited. Pumps, Filene's Basement.
"I'm always freezing, so I wear pants whenever I can," says Ellen LaChance Arcara. White wool trousers, paired with a pearl-encrusted sweater, will bring her plenty of comfort (and joy) during all of her Yuletide get-togethers. Daughter Elisa dons dots for a sweet but stylish tween look.
Turtleneck, $9, shrug, $17, skirt, $20, tights, The Children's Place. Shoes, Rockport. Sweater, $85, Ann Taylor. Pants, $59, Focus2000. Earrings, Monet. Bracelet, Kenneth Cole NY. Belt, Calvin Klein. Pumps, BCBGirls.
Since she celebrates both Christmas and Hanukkah, Alyson Friedman has double the events to attend. Of her bead-scattered sweater set and fashionable flannel slacks, she says, "I love that these can go from day to evening." The mega-print party dress suits daughter Tristan's fun fashion sense to a T.
Dress, $99, Mac and Jac. Shrug, $28, Hype. Necklace and bracelet, JLo by Jennifer Lopez. Pumps, Filene's Basement. Twinset, $119, JNY Collection. Trousers, $40, T.J. Maxx. Earrings and bracelet, M. Haskell; 212-764-3332. Pumps, Me Too.
Lisa Hazell's calendar is so crammed - with tree lightings, church volunteering, and more - that her outfits need to work as hard as she does. The stylish solution: stretch jeans, plus a tie-neck blouse with a hint of glint that swings from fancy to funky. Diamond shines in a similar denim-plus-metallic duo.
Jean jacket, $48, Levi's. Top, $58, Joseph A. Skirt, $199, Lauren by Ralph Lauren. Ring, Cristina V. Pumps, Nina. Top, $119, Lauren by Ralph Lauren. Jeans, $60, Filene's Basement. Earrings, Monet. Belt, BFG NYC; 212-626-7400. Bracelet, Sisco Family Jewels. Pumps, Chadwick's.
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