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September 2016

Dress Guide: A Dress for Every Holiday Party & Occasion

Guest Edited by Milly Designer Michelle Smith

It’s that time of year, when big girls get to play dress-up—cocktail parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations, and romantic dates. The holiday season is all about being social. With that said, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. Forget worrying about how long to cook the turkey or all the presents you have to wrap. What are you going to wear?! To avoid the stress of holiday-party dressing, Michelle Smith—designer of the modern-yet-retro collection Milly—plays fairy godmother to your inner Cinderella. Her holiday party dress picks from her own line are guaranteed to set your holiday style for every occasion this season. Up to you whether or not to leave your glass slipper behind!—Katrina Caspelich

Get Dressed Up with My Favorite Dresses for the Holidays

1. Fancy Dress: A Strapless Minidress for New Year’s Eve
This couture silk and cotton gaazar minidress offers the perfect amount of glam for the holiday party season! Rose detailing on its silk skirt adds a modern touch to this classic strapless minidress, while the thin bow belt accentuates the waist and creates a slimming silhouette. Any girl would look fabulous ringing in the New Year in this show-stopper.
Buy Milly Strapless Rose Dress, $486.50, at millyny.com

2. More Formal Dress-Up: A Knit Sheath Dress to Meet the Parents
Meeting your significant other’s parents can be a stressful experience. Wear a dress that doesn’t require constant fussing, with a flattering silhouette and a parent-friendly hemline. The Audrey dress is a fun, modern twist on a sleeveless sheath, with a tweed detail that adds a grown-up touch!
Buy Milly Audrey Dress, $510, at millyny.com

3. Party Dress Time: A Festive Minidress for a Work Party
Dressing for a holiday work party can be a tricky style dilemma. A long-sleeve minidress, such as the Milly Combo Bow Dress, paired with opaque tights and pumps, creates the perfect festive ensemble. The winter white and black color blocking with a feminine bow at the neckline translates into professional yet on-trend.
Buy Milly Combo Bow Dress, $385, at millyny.com

4. A Sequined Dress for Holiday Date Night
Sparkle on date night in an embellished frock. The cap sleeves and conservative neckline of the Brigitte dress balance the mini-hemline, and the bow belt adds a feminine flair. Pair the dress with black pumps for a sleek look.
Buy Milly Sparkle Italian Zig Zag Brigitte Dress, $370, at millyny.com

What I’m Giving This Season: My Holiday Gift Picks

  1. Buy Milly Knit Holiday Gift Set, $195, at millyny.com
  2. Buy Bergdorf Goodman Gift Card, at bergdorfgoodman.com
  3. Buy Diptyque Paris Winter Holiday Coffret/Winter Holiday Mini Set, $88, at diptyqueparis.com
  4. Buy Smythson Inspirations and Ideas Notebook, $69, at smythson.com
  5. Buy Serendipity Gift Card, $50, at amazon.com

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Michelle Smith, Guest Editor

Convinced from an early age that fashion design was her calling, Michelle Smith earned an art school scholarship to study fashion illustration and later followed her passion to New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Read more . . .

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Win the Milly Knit Holiday Gift Set _______________________________________________________________ It’s getting chilly, and there’s no better way to stay warm than by rocking the Milly Knit Holiday Gift Set. You could win this chic hat and gloves by telling us about your favorite kind of holiday party. For details on entering, click here.

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