Celebrity stylist, editor, reality TV star and fashion designer Rachel Zoe shares her guide to being stylish at holiday parties including her tips to looking fab and "maj" as well as her top picks for holiday clothes, shoes and accessories. Naturally, it has festive colors in red, gold and silver. But, it also has the occasional black clothes. Of course, the quintessential little black dress (LBD) must be part of this list because it is a classic that never goes out of style. Zoe's list includes clothes and shoes from various designers including Azzedine Alaïa, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney. And, it includes Rachel's own clothing line too. Check out Rachel Zoe's choices below.
Rachel Zoe's Top Choices for Holiday Dressing:
1. The Red Dress and Baguette Ring -
Rachel suggests that women wear a red Macramé cut-out detail dress from designer Azzedine Alaïa. It is a classic color that is just right for the festive holiday season. She also suggests that her own baguette ring, which can be bought at shopbop, be added to complement the whole outfit. You can never go wrong with a red and gold combo!
"This scalloped trimmed Alaïa dress takes fit 'n flare to another level! Pair it with your favorite booties, a cocktail ring and a low side pony for a polished look that's sophisticated and fun for any holiday celebration," said Zoe in a report from Marie Claire.
Rachel Zoe Single Barrel Baguette Ring, $195; shopbop.com
2. The White Pearl Dress -
White is just right for Ms. Zoe. She thinks it is perfect for the winter season paired with metallic pointed toe pumps and accentuated with shimmery makeup.
Alexander McQueen Faux Pearl-Embellished Knitted Dress, $2,915; net-a-porter.com
3. The Knit Dress and Melinda Sandals -
Zoe advocates color during the holidays, but suggests that women pair it with simple accessories to balance it out, such as a plain clutch and black ankle strap sandals. For makeup, Zoe suggests a glossy cat eye.
Rachel Zoe Melina Sandals, $325; piperlime.com (Click HERE to see photo)
4. The Mara Dress -
Rachel suggests that women wear her own Mara dress, which is made of black metallic brocade. It is a different take on the classic LBD, but it won't be boring or plain at all. It is best paired with a sexy pumps and a gorgeous cocktail ring. Zoe suggests a glossy nude lip with a metallic eye for the perfect makeup look to go with this outfit.
Rachel Zoe Mara Dress, $365; saksfifthavenue.com (Click HERE to see photo)
5. The Cut-Out Dress and Vanessa Pumps -
Rachel doesn't believe in showing too much skin all the time, especially during cold weather season. But, she does love little flashes of it to add some playful sexiness to an ensemble. She suggests women wear a peekaboo dress from Victoria Beckham's collection. Zoe thinks her Vanessa pumps will look great with the said dress. A pair of oversized crystal earrings will complete the whole look and add much needed drama.
Zoe loves her sequins during this fancy time because she believes it is a very sophisticated style but is also modern. She suggests pairing her Adrienne White Sequin dress with either sleek stilettos or booties.
If you don't know or can't decide what color to wear during the holidays, why not wear a color-block gown which combines different colors in a dress or gown. Zoe prefers the floor length color-block crepe gown from Stella McCartney. She suggests a black clutch and a sleek geometric ring to go with it.
Aside from the beautiful dresses and gowns suggested by Zoe for the holidays, she also adds a jumpsuit to the mix. Zoe believes that the Cypress jumpsuit which is styled like a tuxedo (one of her favourite styles of all time), is a modern way of dressing up and will set a woman apart from the sea of dresses during this time. Rachel suggests a nude lip and a smoky eye for the perfect makeup to go with this outfit. A leather moto jacket thrown over the shoulders will add some glamour to this unique holiday ensemble.
Rachel Zoe Cypress Tuxedo (Click HERE to see a photo)
And that is Rachel Zoe's Guide to Being Stylish at Holiday Parties. This can be used to look and feel fab during the holidays which have parties happening left and right. Women who are worried about their budget need not worry because they can also check out lower priced brands with similar styles as Zoe's suggestions above.