Retailers are primed and ready with endless amounts fancy frocks and glamorous gowns in anticipation of the inevitable cocktail parties and galas this season. Although your formal needs are covered, what about all of the casual gatherings in between? Whether you prefer pared-down pieces, tailored separates or tons of textures, local boutiques have the perfect picks to keep you cozy and chic during drinks with visiting friends, office happy hours and more.
By Angela Bobo
Master of Minimalism
Choose classic prints and structured solids in interesting cuts.
Roman vest, $328; Roman stripe top, $108; Vincetta pleated culottes, $345, Take 5 Boutique; Loeffler Randall Junior Work Tote in Cream/Black, $495; L.K Bennett Dorina Bootie, $495, Bishop Boutique; Chloe Collar in Rhodium, $350; Cuff, $350, Sophie Blake
Cozy and Casual
Fur details and knit leggings will add warmth to a flowing lightweight tunic.
BB Dakota Sadi Sweater Vest, $105; Bishop + Young Article Legging, $70; Splendid Cedarwood Floral Long Sleeve Top, $118, Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac Convertible Crossbody, $195, Bevello; Gold cuff, $495, Sophie Blake; Joie Barlow Boot, $335, Bishop Boutique
Tackle the dress-over-pants trend in a holiday-appropriate brocade number.
Eight Sixty Dress, $116; Vero Moda Jacket, $109; Necklace, $40, Bevello; Clutch, $70, Hysteria; Ivanka Trump Sinclair Boot, $160; Nina Verklas pants, $429, Bishop Boutique; Rose Gold Cuff, $295; Zipper Necklace, $225, Sophie Blake