December 16th, 2017

Finals got you down? Dress up.

While most of break will be spent in pajamas, recuperating from long days (and nights) in Butler, scattered holiday parties are the perfect excuse to shed the gray sweats and don something festive and fabulous. But in the post-finals fog, figuring out what to wear to a classy EC holiday party before you head home or a reunion with your high school friends, who are all likely expecting to meet your edgy New York persona, could prove difficult. After all, most of us have just spend the past two weeks in the same sweatshirt so we’re a bit out of practice with dressing well. To refresh your memory, here are four perfect options for any holiday party, except the ugly sweater kind.

For a grand entrance, pair your favorite LBD with a statement duster coat. Shed the coat for a dramatic look change.

Whether tailored menswear pieces or draped dresses, mix lights and darks for contrast and to emphasize certain pieces.


A statement pant, like this houndstooth option, are the best way to look cooler and feel more comfortable than everyone else in the room.

Feeling especially daring? Pair a white shirt and black pants with a glittery red lip. Use the paired down outfit an excuse to play up your makeup.


A white wrap with gold accessories is the best way to look like the good kind of snow queen. Opt for winter whites for a regal, romantic look.


Photographed by Elle Wolfley.

Styling and clothing by Alexis Ifill.

Styling and makeup by Fatima Burgos.