Holiday Dressing

Michelle Smith at the Milly Spring 2016 runway show

Holiday parties are the perfect time to break out the glitter and girliness, and Michelle Smith, the founder of the fashion label Milly, is just the lady to show us how to do festive dressing.

Smith started Milly in 2000, after studying in Paris and working in New York’s Garment District. Her designs incorporate sophisticated lines and luxury fabrics but exhibit an easy American sportswear sensibility, accomplished through playful embellishments and fun interpretations of classic shapes.

And if you need evidence that the designer knows how to have a good time, you only have to check out her Instagram account, @millybymichelle.

Milly front row for Spring 2016 show: Malin Akerman, Samira Wiley, Solange Knowles

Malin Akerman, Samira Wiley and Solange Knowles at the Milly Spring 2016 show.

What advice do you have for holiday dressing?

Since your coat is the first thing everyone sees, I like to invest in a statement coat in a gorgeous look-at-me color or with some kind of special detail, whether it’s a fur or a sequin collar. It instantly completes every holiday party look, but it also elevates everything else you wear during the season—even jeans and a sweater on the weekend. This is always the first thing I buy every holiday season; it goes the distance.



Studies show shopping is at least twelve times more fun en masse. Our Try This On series is all about the camaraderie of sartorial group projects.

rag & bone Cardigan | Topshop Sweater | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Jeans | Berry Jewel Necklace Infinity Scarf | Topshop Rhinestone Earrings | Christian Louboutin Heels (for this pair call 206.628.2111)

Party season, storm season: The two sure aren’t mutually exclusive. Depending on where you live, going out for a good time can be a heck of a battle, but neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night can keep Seattle-based dancer and choreographer Kisha Vaughan down. Not with these looks in the mix.



Party Dresses: Make an Entrance

Eliza J Metallic Tulip Dress

Eliza J Metallic Tulip Dress

Office functions, galas, family gatherings, friendly get-togethers—between now and the new year there are a lot of parties coming. Bring ‘em on. We love a good party; it’s an excellent excuse to buy a new dress. Win, win! If you’re of the same mind, head over to our dress trend guide. It’s full of metallic minis, lacy LBDs and all manner of other beautiful frocks.

Shop: Our Party Dress Guide

Vince Camuto Sequin Scuba Shift Dress
BB Dakota Lace Fit & Flare Dress | Vince Camuto Scuba Shift Dress


“I just want to make people more beautiful and happy.”— Alber Elbaz

This holiday season, drape yourself in Lanvin and spread a little stylish cheer.

Qianna Smith



The invites are stacking up, but what to wear to your holiday get-togethers? Whether it’s for your company Christmas party or cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with friends, here are six of our favorite little party dresses and trends that are fit for any fête.



Come Fly Away: Wildfox ‘Let’s Get Away from It All’ V-Neck Cotton Tee

With Thanksgiving just one week away, we thought a handy guide on how to pack fashionably in a flash might be just the ticket!

Find more ways to embrace this festive time of year with our clever Holiday How-Tos.

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heroWherever your 4th of July plans take you, let your style sparkle as much as the fireworks with some patriotic stars and stripes.

Jeff Powell


Deck Your Legs for the Holidays

Nothing says holiday like festive stockings adorning a fireplace mantel, right? This year, our window designers at the Nordstrom Seattle flagship store put their own spin on what to do with decorative stockings—why, flaunt them, of course!

From bold patterns to high shine, these stockings were made for glitzing up your legs during this chilly time of year—so make sure they’re seen.

Get this center look and add some shine to your winter style statement.
Pretty Polly Embellished Tights (Nordstrom Exclusive) | Sam Edelman ‘Pryce’ Pump
Joie ‘Tesla’ Lace Dress | Sondra Roberts Sequin Pouch | Ariella Collection Cocktail Ring
Cara Accessories Small Crystal Cuff

Find more fun hosiery options for every cold-weather occasion!

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A Star-Spangled 4th of July

What are you wearing this Independence Day? Don’t let the fireworks be the only thing that dazzles the crowds this year. We’re all for a little patriotic creativity, so here are 10 Editor’s Picks to add a few stars and stripes to your July 4th festivities.

Current/Elliott Print Tee

Jeffrey Campbell Boot

Current/Elliott Print Shorts

TOMS Painted Wedge

Nanette Lepore Dress

Dior Retro Sunglasses

Pretty Polly Tights

Grass Roots iPhone Case

O'Neill Patriot Cover-Up


A calendar full of holiday parties and social engagements means two things: a relaxing spa day is required the first week of the new year, and now is the perfect time for at least one new dress. Showcase your stunning self in a dress that fits your style as well as your personality, and you’ll feel like the life of the party.

Urban Goddess: People are attracted to your strength and confidence. You aren’t afraid to make a bold statement—in conversation or style. Your favorite accessory du jour? A beautiful bare shoulder. Show off your divine softer side in drapey fabrics and a one-shoulder silhouette.

Wallflower: You’re always surprising acquaintances and friends with how deep your still waters run. If you aren’t one to initiate a conversation with a stranger, let your dress do it for you. Watch yourself blossom at holiday parties in a bright primary color or jewel tone—you never know where an inevitable compliment like “that’s such a beautiful color” might lead.

Gossip Girl: Okay, so maybe you’re not a gossip, but there’s nothing happening in your social circle that you don’t know about. That’s probably because in something like an allover sequined dress that sparkles as much as your personality, you’re always the center of attention.

Fetching Femme: Your intriguing, euro-cool style is always turning heads. And who wouldn’t be drawn to you—like a Parisian to a great wine—in that slip-lined lace dress? It’s that party-style combo you love of chicly on-trend paired with notes of bewitching.

Classic Connoisseur: People are enamored as much with your style as with your poise and charm. With icons like Jackie O. and Betty Draper, you’re all about being grounded in the classics with a knack for bringing it all up to date with aplomb—e.g., a simple sheath dress with a modern, graphic print.

Aidan by Aidan Mattox Batwing Sleeve Satin Dress
Suzi Chin for Maggy Boutique V-Neck Chiffon Dress
Aidan Mattox Sequin Cold Shoulder Dolman Sleeve Shift Dress
Laundry by Shelli Segal Placed Lace Shift Dress
Tadashi Shoji Ribbon Overlay Knit Sheath Dress