Guest Blog: Style Blog’s Nelia’s What To Wear To a Holiday Party

Nelia Belkova is a financial analyst by day, one of the top Canadian fashion and lifestyle bloggers by night, and a true cat lady around the clock. Apart from penning Styleblog.ca, Nelia is a Yorkdale Shopping Centre’s Style Council member, and has appeared in Yorkdale’s spring 2010 ad campaign. She has worked with many notable brands, including H&M, Joe Fresh, ALDO, Ann Taylor, and Gap, among others. In her spare time, she loves to travel, cuddle with husband and her cat Pepper, and discover delicious new patisseries in her new neighbourhood.

 

It’s that time of year – holiday season! And that means parties, delicious food, and maybe even an ugly Christmas sweater or two. But with great parties, comes great responsibility…to look good. Stumped about what to wear to that fancy black tie gala, not sure what to put on for the cocktail party your friend is throwing? Don’t fret, SHOP.CA has got you covered!

Fancy Affair

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Generally speaking, black tie galas usually call for an elaborate gown, but in this day and age, it’s not such a strict requirement. As long as your dress has some sparkle and shine, even if it’s cocktail length, you should be good. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t go all out when you get an invite to a fancy party. After all, when else could you bust out that floor-length gown of yours? Whatever you do, make sure that it has a bit of a wow factor, like these stunning gowns from Narces.

http://www.shop.ca/c/narces-aqua-green-lace-coralle-gown-SS201404-24486834

http://www.shop.ca/c/narces-klimt-multi-coloured-sequin-dress-SS201423-24503580

http://www.shop.ca/c/narces-bowfin-black-crepe-slit-silk-dress-SS201419-24496702

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Cocktail Party

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If you’re invited to a fun cocktail party this holiday season, your options are pretty much limitless. You no longer have to stick to the expected palette of green, red, and black, but can be playful with your choices.  Go for a dress with fun details like cutouts, sheer netting, lace, sequins, or a cool print, and add a pair of heels in an unexpected pop of colour. Get ready to dance the night away!

http://www.shop.ca/c/clover-canyon-etched-marble-dress-0306CD19D40M-24548072

http://www.shop.ca/c/ivys-contrast-mesh-with-polka-dot-long-sleeves-pencil-elegant-dress-521668661964-23749044

http://www.shop.ca/c/tanya-taylor-harley-dress-0308D066MDN-24535187

http://www.shop.ca/c/womens-ivanka-trump-chanise-heel-in-rose-chaniserose-24430924

 

Casual Get-together

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Boyfriend jeans were made for casual holiday get-togethers! If you plan on stuffing your face with delicious holiday treats, why wouldn’t you want to wear a pair of comfy jeans? But if boyfriend jeans aren’t your jam, a pair of stretchy skinnies would also do in a pinch. Depending on how casual the event is, you can go with a few tried and true options – an ugly Christmas sweater (a party favourite), a festive intarsia cardi (reindeer, and zigzags, and snowflakes, oh my!), or a very season-appropriate red and green plaid shirt. Dress it all up with a fun necklace, and a Santa hat.

http://www.shop.ca/c/yde-studio-plaid-chiffon-top-7710-24617753

http://www.shop.ca/c/debut-intarsia-drape-cardigan-7555-24617621

http://www.shop.ca/c/forever-collectibles-new-york-giants-busy-block-ugly-sweater-empty-24639984

http://www.shop.ca/c/genetic-alexa-in-lost-angel-W1221-GK-04-24539401

http://www.shop.ca/c/womens-shoe-the-bear-lili-bootie-in-snow-leopard-Lili-Snow-Leopard-24642896

Hope this post helps you celebrate this holiday season in style, and stress-free! Share your fave looks in the comments!

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