As much as I’d love to throw on a sequinned dress and barely-there sandals for the holidays, I tried to be realistic when choosing a party look from Le Chateau this month and my reality means more casual Christmas fetes, usually at the homes of my friends who also have small kids. But I also wanted something more interesting than my standby jeans and blouse combo. Enter this perfect hybrid dress-top. The up-to-there slits provide just the right amount of drama when worn over a pair of leather pants. I sealed the deal with these gorgeous stack-heel booties in a rich, (holiday-appropriate), bordeaux. I love them because they’re more interesting than basic black but still neutral enough to wear with everything in my closet. (If you haven’t checked out Le Chateau’s line of shoes, you should run there right now!) Accessories like this faux fur scarf and long earrings with large stones underscore the holiday vibe.