It’s the Most Wine-derful Time of the Year

By Avery Ballmann

Sleigh any holiday cocktail party with these looks

Evites for holiday cocktail parties are about to slam your inbox but you don’t have to scramble when the theme isn’t ugly sweaters. Cocktail parties are typically semi-formal, meaning leave your jeans at home and have fun shopping for a dress or pantsuit with flair. This holiday season, as the eggnog starts flowing and mistletoe is hung overhead, bright colors and textured fabrics are highly encouraged.

An homage to the classic holiday style is this emerald green sequin dress. The sparkle material is the right amount of glamour to fit the cocktail party dress code while also looking spectacular in photos. A silver tennis bracelet adds a touch of elegance to an already dazzling piece, and keeping the shoes in a neutral shade lets the dress shine. 

Or opt for a dress that’s the perfect piece to spice up your accessories. This black mesh ruffled strapless dress is a blank canvas to add a touch of holiday charm with a colored gemstone set. Its short length and sweetheart neckline are also a great option for the warmer Texas nights.

As you mix and mingle around the cocktail party, don’t fear standing out. The fuchsia ruffled tulle dress with bow-tied straps is sure to make a statement. The pink hue color sets it apart from the monotony of everything red and green. Pairing classic jewelry like a pearl necklace and a gold ring enhances the characteristics of the dress. Add a small clutch that matches the metal of the jewelry, like this white and gold clutch, to hold those most important items while still looking stylish.

Special thank you to our models and the Martin Museum of Art. Meet the fashionable ladies below.

Kennedy Sam is no stranger to art museums, as the director of marketing and communications for Creative Waco, a non-profit specializing in the arts. Sam said she loved having the opportunity of showing off local boutiques’ beautiful and unique items. 

Baylor alumna Leah Stewart took an afternoon off from running The Olive Branch Bakery and Cafe — which she owns — to change into the classic emerald green dress.

It’s not every day you get to wear a fancy dress and attend a party. For local realtor Daniela Rodriquez, she said getting dressed in a gorgeous gown was a close second behind having the photoshoot be in an art museum.

 The Martin Museum of Art is an art gallery and museum located on Baylor University’s campus but is open to the public. Behind the models is artwork from the “Narrative as Reality: Constructing an Identity” exhibit with pieces from the Kelvin and Jessica Beachum Family art collection.