Ann Taylor lace sweater (extra 50% off w/ STYLEANN), Zara sequin skirt (similar) borrowed from Khatu
I fell in love with this lace top sweater in both colors, and luckily found one in my size at a local store. I was worried the lace would be very delicate and tear easily, but it's held up well so far over a month of wear - just be cautious around hooks and jewelry! For those who don't care for strapless bras, I've been wearing this with a regular black bra underneath (straps can pass as thin camisole straps), or you can try a black under tank. In my opinion this sweater would look better more fitted on someone (I'm wearing xxsp for reference), to avoid any loose wrinkles across the torso like in the pic above.
I've gotten a few requests to show outfit ideas for upcoming office holiday parties. Even if you need to stay in conservative hemlines, there's plenty of ways to show holiday spirit with colors and sparkle. While at Ann Taylor, I also tried on this metallic skirt reminiscent to the flared one I wore here.
Left: Bronze jacquard animal skirt in 00P Right: Botanical stone necklace, bottom necklace not online
This skirt would be nice for a business casual holiday party with a silky shell tucked in, or a fitted black peplum top that flares over the waist. I also loved these two faceted stone necklaces for extra sparkle. The top necklace is a pretty smoky dark bronze, which my phone couldn't capture very well.
Several online reviews for this skirt note that it runs small. Unfortunately, even though the waist of this skirt is slightly elasticized (usually a sign of a nice and snug fit), it was about 1-2" too roomy for me - seemed true to size for AT.
This flared jacket in a true red would be nice over slim pants or jeans for a casual office party. Material is a stretchy crepe material and comes with a coordinating pencil skirt. I'm not sure about wearing both pieces together, but thought the jacket was cute on its own. I tried it on over a thin sweater and it fit well (sleeves could be a tad slimmer).
Here's how the top looks with a tweed skirt for work (been adding dark navy or black tights for the chilly commute). It's also a great piece to add interest to a plain black suit.