Make it a night to remember in star-quality looks. From the perfect LBD to fun feathers, you can't go wrong. To top it all off, we've included tips for gorgeous hair and makeup.
By Linda Moran Evans and Dori Katz
Steal the spotlight in a slinky jumpsuit that streamlines your shape. Throw on a faux-fur stole for texture and loads of luxe.
Beauty Tip: Bold red lips add oomph to any outfit. Blue undertones make teeth appear whiter—Victoria's Secret lipstick in Show Stopper works for everyone.
Jumpsuit, Trina Turk, $298. Lamb Shrug, Talbots, $299. Earrings, Topshop, $18. Gloves, Cire, $100. Bracelet, R.J. Graziano, $85. Clutch, Zara, $90. Heels, Avon, $45. Sash, Stylist's own.
Be a flirt in a knockout feather skirt. A bold pop of color in electric blue says you're ready to play. Top it off with a silky black jacket that hits at the waist. For a kick, try mile-high, ankle-strap heels.
Beauty Tip: A sultry smoky eye complements the rich textures of this look. Line top and bottom lash lines with a black kohl liner, like Sephora's Smoky Kohl Eyeliner, for added edginess.
On Him: Jacket, French Connection, $468. Sweater, H&M, $40. Pants, Levi's, $58. On Her: Jacket, H&M, $40. Skirt, Zara, $129. Necklace, R.J. Graziano, $125. Heels, Nine West, $89.
Made in the right shade of red—with ruffles and flowers for an unforgettable look. Add a basic black pant, skirt or leggings and be merrily on your way.
Beauty Tip: The Beehive-style bouffant is back, with a modern twist. Apply a volumizing spray, flip head over and blow-dry upside down to add texture and body. Spritz a medium-hold spray all over and lightly tease at the roots. Create a deep side part. Using a brush, gently smooth strands over to other side. Twist hair up and secure with bobby pins at the base.
Shirt, White House Black Market, $78. Flower clips, Forever 21, $3.
Opposites attract—nothing is more stylish than the two of you decked out in tuxedos. We like him in jet black but you'll own the night in all-out white. The relaxed jacket over long, lean pants looks elegant on pretty much everyone.
On Him: Jacket and pants, J. Ferrar by JCPenney, $90 and $40. Shirt, Express, $60. Bowtie, Trina Turk, $58. On Her: Jacket and pants, White House Black Market, $168 and $88. Earrings, Topshop, $28. Clutch, Aldo, $40. Heels, Talbots, $249.
Draw attention in this sleek LBD. It's very cape-able of getting you noticed. Pair with shimmery tights and sexy heels or boots, depending on where the night takes you.
Dress, Zara, $159. Tights, Emilio Cavallini, $38. Earrings, Sequin, $38. Cuff, Topshop, $25. Heels, Zara, $129.
Dress up in one dramatic jewel-tone like purple. This awesome gown has ruching on top for fullness, and waist-down vertical pleats that create a super-slim profile. Don a foxy faux fur to match and let the fun unfold.
Beauty Tip: Try an updated take on retro finger waves—looser but just as chic. Apply mousse onto damp strands and blow-dry using a boar-bristle brush to create a sleek, smooth foundation. Separate into small sections and wrap each around 1-1/4-inch curling iron, from halfway down hair to ends. Twirl up, pin curl in place and spray with a thermal setting spray. Finally, remove clips and gently brush through to slightly break up waves for a modified "S" shape.
On Her: Dress, Lauren by Ralph Lauren Evening Collection, $240. Faux Fur Coat, A by Adrienne Landau, $179. Earrings, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, $36. Bracelet, R.J. Graziano, $115. On Him: Shirt, Express, $60. Jacket, J. Ferrar by JCPenney, $90. Tie, Express, $40.
Mix it up for a fresh party look. Pair a black mock turtle with a hot pink maxi skirt—and see what happens.
Beauty Tip: A little highlighter goes a long way for pretty, dewy skin. Apply a cream formula—we love Nars Illuminator in Copacabana—below brow bone, above Cupid's bow on lip, and in inner corners of eyes.
Top and skirt, Talbots, $70 and $179. Clutch, Bebe, $69. Bracelet, R.J. Graziano, $125.
Originally published in the December 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and styles are subject to change.