A maxi and a blazer…

With holiday season just around the corner, party dressing is top of mind. While a traditional cocktail dress might be appropriate for a New Year’s Eve soiree, some events—the office dinner, the luncheon with your in-laws—call for something festive, but a little more casual. Wearing a maxi dress is an effortless way to look formal instantly, but when you add a blazer over it, it’s an entirely different look. Just look to Bally’s SS15 Look 15. You can certainly just wear the dress, but a structured jacket grounds a flowing skirt and also add warmth, literally and figuratively. If the dress is sleeveless, you can even wear it through to Summer. Now that’s maximizing utility.

Stella McCartney tuxedo blazer

Julien David organza maxi dress

Isabel Marant mohair blazer

Dagmar silk crepe wrap maxi

Zero+Maria Cornejo satin-twill blazer

Alberta Ferretti wool crochet maxi

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