modeling black tie optional

2 of 7
Translation: Be playful. Pick a hotter color than usual and take a chance on flamboyance with rows of ruffles, lots of leg, shoulder-sweeping earrings, even a tiara. 

Variations: If you're happier in a low-key mode, do a single showy item (bright silk wrap, antique kimono, a little tasteful glitter) with simple black silk. 

AKA: "Holiday threads," "holiday chic," "festive holiday attire," "colorful gowns," "carnival attire," "exuberant shindig," "glitterati gear," "fiesta fashion."