The 2014 Holiday Party Look, Part I

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Somehow, miraculously, I have not one, not two, but, like, four and counting holiday parties to go to this year. Despite what you may think, this is unusual for me. My December is typically one big, sweaty “wintry mix' blur, not a punch-laden, heartwarming mixer. But this year, this year will be different! I will sashay (in general), I will coo into new acquaintances’ ears, I will balance iPhone and champagne in one hand, and I will do so while wearing an $88 dress by Nasty Gal. That’s right: the same dress, to party after party.

We talk about the “holiday party look' being one look—one per person—and this is probably due to the fact that each year, I find it simplest and most fulfilling, personally, to really nail one look, and ride that wave through New Year’s. This year, my inspiration is Hedi Slimane’s flat-booted '60s ('70s?) lady-Beatles. My hair is currently somewhere in between Edie Campbell’s fashion-approved mullet and a late '90s John Frieda campaign. Luckily, it works really well with anything remotely “costume-y.” Cue this dress’ clean, mod lines and modest cape-back. I’ve added two necklaces, in the haute-bolero vein, from Piaget, because I’m willing to bet necklaces are about to make a comeback. Seriously, where have they been? I’m not kidding!

And now, to makeup. Don’t kill me! Don’t kill me. I’m not wearing any. Just the Glossier Phase 1 Set: the Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint, and Balm Dotcom. And! And. Gucci’s black mascara, on the bottom lashes only (picked it up for the OTT packaging; kept it for the formula). Some of you might say Ah, how boring. Another person who doesn’t wear makeup. I love makeup. It’s in my blood. I just don’t like adding a bunch on at night right now. I think it’s way cooler to do a day look for night, both for hair and makeup. And wear something super chic. Mixing high-low is always the most fun, in my opinion.

For evening, my formula is: dewy, clean, glowing skin + one quick, unexpected makeup accoutrement—thick black lashes on the bottom only; a flick of metallic liner.

Oh! And try a heavy-handed application of stellar cologne. Yes, that’s right: cologne. Might I suggest Chanel’s Eau de Cologne, a curious citrusy-floral scent that guys freak out over because, I suspect, they’re jealous because they want to smell like you do.

Cheers to 2014—you have one month left. Make it count!

—Emily Weiss

Emily Weiss photographed on November 21st 2014 by Tom Newton in New York City. This feature is brought to you by Piaget and Glossier.