Remember in the '90s when actresses and models didn't have hair and makeup artists (aside from Madonna) on hand for premieres and events? They would just swipe on some dark lipstick (maybe) and slip into a borrowed dress (see: Liv Tyler at the 1996 premiere of Stealing Beauty), or better yet, something off the rack. And they looked so sexy, self-assured, and cool because they looked like real people, rather than an artist's concept, or something hyperreal—and now we're realizing (remembering?) they were really onto something.
When it comes to wearing the dress (rather than the dress wearing you), your best bet is to just be yourself underneath it, meaning: let your hair do its (semi-) natural thing, and you'll effuse a feminine, casual confidence that will allow you to pull any ensemble off. Like Emily said, when your clothes are high-wattage due to fringe , sequins [1, 13, 19], skin [36, 38], shoulders , or Balmain (if you can’t wear it for the holidays, when can you?), it feels cool to dial back everything else, lest you look like you’re angling for a spot on The Real Housewives of Williamsburg. Break out the jewelry? Of course. Wear a statement lip? 'Tis the season (or, if you’re more of a Kourtney Kardashian), try a statement eye.
Our suggestion? This year, give your hair the gift of self-love and heed the words of Lauren Santo Domingo: put down the curling iron. Resist the urge to tame, tease, or slick. But by all means, Swoosh. If you aren’t equipped to achieve Emily’s peroxide + silky pillowcase = bedhead look, fake it with a little Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray, or Davines Invisible Serum. Still moveable. Still touchable. And (almost) all you.