Recycle Your Holiday Party Dress

(Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)Don't stow your holiday dresses just yet! We're dressing down your formal attire, adding layers to help you get the most of your festive frocks. Not sure what your signature style is? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Classic LBD

(Apiece Apart 'Mariana' Blazer, $386; David Lerner 'The Astor' Dress, $178.50; Spanx Tight End Tights, $28; Sonia by Sonia Rykiel Moccasin Patent Heel, $392)...or at least close to one in this form-fitting charcoal number. If you like to keep things simple, add in color with an otherwise basic blazer. Tights and oxford-inspired pumps make its short length work-appropriate. Meanwhile, a slightly chunky gold necklace and print handbag add just the right touch of embellishment.

Glam in Red

(Carven Long-Sleeve Cable-Knit Crew Sweater, $534; Nanette Lepore 'Lightshow' Dress, $257.60; Auden 'Amelia' Earrings, $174; Dolce Vita 'Holland' Bootie, $126.59; Loeffler Randall Rider Bag, $495)A bold dress is nicely toned down by layering with a cozy cable-knit sweater. Flat ankle boots offer an additional relaxed element to the dynamic silhouette. Add a fun accent with contrasting accessories (like turquoise earrings). 

Trendy in Metallic

(MSGM 'Chanel' Cardigan, $438; Madewell Metallic T-Shirt Dress, $158; Heather Hawkins Bone Tusk Necklace, $160; Rag & Bone 'Kerr' Leather Bootie, $595; Elizabeth and James Metropolis Emerald Cut Stacking Ring, $95; Foley + corinna FC Lady, $345; Plush Thermal Leggings, $80)Metallics are trending now, so anyone who went for a shiny holiday look is sure to have some downtown edge in her. A classic Chanel-like cardigan balances the vivacious nature of the fabric. Meanwhile, black leggings and booties complete this chic look. 

Boho in Lace

(Rag & Bone ‘Chelsea’ Tweed Jacket, $1,195 $598; Free people Lace Coquette Mini Dress, $250; ASOS WHITE Pencil Skirt in Leather, $172.42; TL180 Velvet Mini Zip Bag, $352; Nine West 'Legna' Pump, $98.95; Jules Smith 'Pietra' Ring, $80)Finally, if you selected a free-spirited look, polish it up with a sleek knee-length pencil skirt. Also try mixing textures; soft lace balances with edgy leather and pulls together with an ideal tweed blazer.
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