It's that time again. The Florida air is getting chillier, the countdown to winter break is getting shorter and your mother's reminders of all the things you have to do when you get home are becoming a daily staple. No doubt the majority of you will have to attend some holiday function over your winter break, whether you want to or not, and I'm here to help you make sure that you look your best. Even if your dad's office party is so boring you are contemplating faking food poisoning, at least you'll look fabulous doing it.
The first question to ask yourself is: Whose party is this? Are your friends throwing a New Year's Party? Are you going as a friend of a friend to a party? Are your parents' respective offices throwing a party? What you're allowed to wear depends on the host. Your friends will love you no matter what, so if you wear that killer top that shows off your mad cleavage, no one will say anything but good things. But if you don't know the host or if the host is your parents' boss, I'd dress a little more on the conservative side. That's not to say you should wear a potato sack, but just remember that people talk, and your parents don't want to overhear Joe from the mail room telling Steve from advertising how great your rack looks.
Once you've answered the "who's the host" question, there are some basic tips that go along with any party. First, be comfortable. It's the most important rule because if you're standing at a party and itching like crazy because of the crinoline in your dress, it's just not attractive, and people may think you have some disease. I'd also play it simple over the holidays because you never know who is going to be at a party. People like to use holiday parties as the chance to catch up with anyone they even remotely know, so it's best to play it safe. Try a basic black dress or a red dress that's relatively plain, and dress it up with accessories. Do not go overboard on the accessories, though; there's nothing worse than looking more dressed up than the Christmas tree in the corner.
Most importantly, dress to your best features and dress like yourself. When you're comfortable in what you're wearing, you're more likely to let yourself shine. Become the center of attention with your wit and not your five-inch skank stilettos. That being said, have a great winter break, and I'll be back in 2009 with more fashion tips. Happy holidays!