Every year, Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend kicks off my search for holiday party dresses. There is little in the world more fun than shopping for fun and fancy party dresses. The only problem is that they can be quite expensive and you know you're probably only going to wear them a couple of times. So I try to make smart decisions taking advantage of Black Friday/Cyber Monday offers, and buying dresses that can be styled down a little more casually for extra wear.
My favorite find this past weekend was French Connection's Serpant Stripes Dress. This dazzling dress comes with rows of sequin stripes in contrasting hues, a scoop neck, and short batwing sleeves. At just $268, I could justify buying this dress knowing that it would only make it out to a party or two this season. But the thing I really love about this dress is that I can easily dress this down. Yes it's got sequined stripes all over it, but the easy shape makes it super versatile. I could wear it with a pair tights, and throw a blazer over it and I'm good to go for cocktails and dinner. Or I would even wear it with leggings, and belt a long cardigan over it and wear it to the office (with very simple jewelry and accessories). The holidays can stressful, but with a little searching and smart shopping, you can be fabulous without without the frown lines!