Holiday Dressing


Ring in the New Year in Style: 8 Party Looks to Welcome 2018

After a months-long marathon of glitzy shindigs and festive feasts, your New Year’s Eve bash promises to be the most spectacular yet. Bid farewell to 2017 with a clink and a kiss and a fabulous outfit. We’ve picked out our favorites, all of which put a most glamorous end to the holiday party season.

Below, our favorite sequined, sparkling get-ups (plus shoppable links) for when the clock strikes midnight.  CUE AULD LANG SYNE

Men’s Fashion

Men’s Style: 3 Foolproof Party Looks

You may have spent the week bundled up and fighting the elements, but come Friday it’s time to shed the down layers and denim to summon some swagger for the party circuit. The holidays are the perfect time to experiment with dressing up, whether you’re exchanging presents with the parents or counting down to midnight with your mates.

Here are three looks to master.



Gift Yourself the Perfect Holiday Accessories

In the season of giving, we’re guilty of taking a “one for you, one for me” attitude when the gift is glamorous or glittery. Our weakness? Accessories. Lavish additions get us every time, and for good reason: a fresh pair of earrings or fun new pumps add panache to standby wardrobe staples. Still, we want to be selective in our splurges, bearing in mind the parties that we’ll attend. We’re practical–even about piling on more jewelry. 

Below, all the trimmings that we’re eyeing (plus shoppable links), curated by type of holiday party—and its festive song personality. 


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What to Wear to 3 Types of Holiday Parties

When the invitations to merriment arrive, our minds quickly turn to what to wear. And most holidays we’re not dressing for a single party but for three or four or five. Planning party wear can be preoccupying—and pretty fun.

To give us a jump-start this season, we’ve put together nine looks for three different types of affairs. Whether we’re chilling with our girls, celebrating with office mates or sipping cocktails at the in-laws’, we always look as festive as an (extremely fashionable) elf. Here are our tips, plus seasonal inspiration and shoppable styles, all wrapped up in a pretty package. (It’s OK if you didn’t get us anything.)



Friends from the Floor: 16 Designer and Emerging Designer Gift Ideas from the Nordstrom Crew

“Friends from the Floor” is a series dedicated to sharing the latest product obsessions of our Nordstrom sales crew.

Holiday shopping: it might be the most wonderful difficult thing in the world. Equal parts super fun and pretty stressful, choosing just the right surprise for your favorite people on the planet can make you a little crazy if you let it—but that’s where we come in.


Designer sales person Felicia Stapleton would love to give you one of these Dior scarves.

Our employees—inside the store and behind the scenes—sort of live for beautiful indulgences and stylish challenges. To inspire your gift giving, we took eight of our Seattle favorites into our designer collections and SPACE shop to show us what they’d love to give and get.



Here’s How to Create the Season’s Most Stylish Dinner Party (and Brunch, and More!)

There’s more to the season than the bold-face main events. Not to take away from the traditions and ceremonies that mean the most to you and your family, but wouldn’t you agree that the last-minute get-togethers and low-key shared meals that end up happening before and after are every bit as meaningful and special?

And aren’t the outfits just as good, too?


Agazit Afeworki, SPACE sales associate from our Seattle flagship, styled by Nordstrom stylist Keara Matthiesen in a Comme des Garçons tee and Molly Goddard Grace skirt (Nordstrom exclusive) with Ashley Williams earrings. She holds wonderfully giftable zipper pouches from Undercover. Some items available in-store only; please call 1.888.282.6060 in the U.S. or 1.877.794.5304 in Canada for assistance. 

All images by Jessa Carter

We’re in favor of celebrating togetherness as often as possible, and we’re also in favor of looking at decor and party vibes in the same way we look at fashion: as a mix of classic motifs, artfully unearthed components and new, inventive spins on everything else. 



Have Yourself a Very Topshop Holiday: How the Models Celebrate the Season (and What They’ll Wear)

Are you planning what you’ll pack for the holidays? Arranging festive outfits in your head? Coordinating which shoes will look cute with your dresses and keep you upright on an icy sidewalk?

We know you are. But you might want to save suitcase space for a few items from Topshop’s Holiday Collection. Glittering cocktail dresses, cool boyfriend jeans, slouchy sweaters, sexy minis, ruffled blouses and shiny booties can all play a part in your occasion dressing. (Put that list in your luggage and you’re almost set—just don’t forget undies and socks!)

Topshop holiday

To further inspire your preparations, Topshop spoke with its cast of international models about how they celebrate, what they wear and which movies they watch. Hear how Lottie Moss, Stella Maxwell, Marjan Jonkman and other lovelies kick back with their fam.


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New Year’s Eve Dresses | The Realest

 Why should models have all the fun? Each month we’re finding a “real woman”—i.e., of any shape and size—and giving her the model treatment in The Realest. We bring the wardrobe, stylist, photographer and blog editor—she brings her anything-but-one-size-fits-all personality and style—and we all head out on location for an IRL photo shoot to showcase our monthly Dress Spotlight.

For this month’s installment, we met up with the wonderful Ribicca Mamuye. This Ethiopian-born lifestyle blogger (Abyssinia) and recent business school grad loves fashion, world travel and exploring local cuisines. We popped the cork on a bottle of champagne at a beautiful home in Portage Bay, had a mini dance party to some Diana Ross and generally partied like it was already 2016. At the end of our shoot, it was clear that this smart, ambitious young woman is on her way to great things in the new year and beyond.


New Year's Eve Dresses from Nordstrom.

On her style: “Describing my style is one of the hardest things for me to do. I do not like putting myself in a box since I like to continually elevate my style. If I had to choose, I would say my style is a mixture of trendy and sophisticated. I am a huge fan of prints thus my closet has a lot of personality. However, I also have days where I want to wear monochrome greys and nudes.”

On dressing for a party: “It depends on the season. During spring and summer the process is much easier since it’s not a must to have a layering piece. Fall and winter can be a little tricky since you have to find a happy medium between warm and sexy.

“For me, it always starts with the shoes. Once I pick out the shoes, I decide on the rest of my outfit—keeping in mind the occasion. Necklaces and bracelets are my go-to accessories, so I always add them as a third piece. I stick to studs when it comes to earrings since large ones overpower my outfit when my hair is in its natural state. I keep my makeup light for the most part but I like to wear bold, matte lip stains.”


Michelle Smith at the Milly Spring 2016 runway show ALL POSTS Interviews Style

Party Dressing with Milly Founder Michelle Smith: “No One Remembers Normal”

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.

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Try This On: Marc by Marc Jacobs, Topshop, Rag & Bone and More for Holiday Parties

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.

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