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TZR’s Lauren Caruso Breaks Down Her Best Holiday Party Looks

By Oona Kyung

It’s that time of year again: Our calendars are filled by event after event with hardly any space in between, but we’re not complaining — we’re in favor of any excuse to dress up. Whether it’s the annual holiday party at the office or a fundraising gala downtown, we know each event requires a specially curated outfit.

If you’re looking to elevate a look that’s lacking or searching for inspiration to convince you to deviate from your uniform, our Managing Editor Lauren Caruso has got you covered. She breaks down three looks for you to keep in your back pocket this holiday season, all courtesy of — a brand new way to shop designer pieces online at outlet prices.

Save the little black dress for a dinner party and make a serious entrance to your next big event in a sequin shift dress. Comfortable but captivating, this is the perfect way to effortlessly make a statement. A higher neckline balances the bold fabric and mini hem, and you can easily dress it down with a biker jacket or go full-glam by pairing it with a pair of nude stilettos.

An office-friendly option is a must when it comes to your holiday party rotation, and this is a look you can depend on to get the job done. Requiring minimal planning and offering maximum ease, this ensemble is a simple two-one punch: all black with a playful tailored blazer thrown over the top. It’s not always about working harder, it’s about working smarter.

Taking a page from the menswear bible, nothing quite rivals the allure of a tuxedo. Slick and simple, this classic ensemble is timeless and chic. Play with textures to add a little something extra like a satin lapel jacket, all-over velvet, or a lacey bodysuit underneath.

Photography: Mary Fix; Makeup: Laura Mitchell; Wardrobe Styling: Seppe Tirabassi; Set Stylist: Tim Ferro; Art Direction: Diana Weisman; Branded Fashion Leads: Jenna Wexler/BDG, Kate Marin/BDG; Production: Kat Fry/BDG