WILD HOLIDAYS / Leopard coat and holiday parties

leopard coat holiday outfit idea
I can't believe it's the 1st of December already!  With the start of December comes the season of holiday parties.  Dressing for work holiday parties are always tough (unless of course there's a theme, which is usually sweater related) - you want to be dressed appropriately but still stand out in your own special way.  I think I've found that special way to be different. 
salvatore ferragamo vara ginny flap bag clutch
In the past few years, I've always just grabbed the first coat I saw in my closet and threw it over my outfit.  This year I wanted to try something different and focus the outfit around the coat.  In comes this pretty coat.  The metallic sheen on this leopard coat adds a touch of glam while the pleats at the waist gives the coat a playful silhouette.
holiday party dress idea outfit
When first worn out, I cinched the waist with a red belt and then later rolled the belt and slipped it into my clutch when the coat was checked in.  Once the weather gets a bit chillier, I would love to wear the coat as a dress with some tights and booties.
lace dress outfit accessory
For holiday parties I have a list of preferences.  In no particular order I like lace, the color red, sequins, and/or gold accessories.  This year I checked off three of those with this dress and shoes:  lace, sequins, and accessorizing with bright patent red.  I actually bought this dress last year for Shane's holiday party but went with another dress so I'm glad I was able to wear it this year.
how to wear a leopard coat
Alice + Olivia Connie coat (also on sale here) / Jump Lace Sequin Dress / 
J.Crew belt / Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Ginny Flap Clutch / Hype heels

Are there any requirements you have when dressing for holiday parties?  Any tips and tricks or things to avoid?  I have one tip (more of a DUH) to share, don't go overboard when there's open bar.... I will leave that story for another blog entry though.  Hope you are all having a good weekend and staying dry!  It is raining cats and dogs here in Nor.Cal.

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