Ashley Graham on Party Dressing, Plus-Ones, and the Power of a Red Dress
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—and dressing for it is half the fun. But as the holiday party invites start to roll in, so do the “what do I wear” dilemmas that rise and fall with every single Paperless Post ping.
Well, ‘tis the season for some shopping, and lucky for us, supermodel and InStyle contributing fashion editor Ashley Graham is full of festive outfit ideas. “I get to play dress up all the time for my job, but there's something different about getting ready for a big night out,” says Graham. “It's a chance to push your personal style and try that cool fringed skirt or those metallic pumps that might just sit in your closet otherwise.”
When it comes to color, Graham says this is the time to go for it. “I love wearing bright red because it makes a statement when you walk into a room,” she says. “It shows that you're festive but also confident. When I'm wearing it, I don't need anyone to tell me I look amazing because I already feel amazing,” she adds.
The one thing that Graham does need? “My husband, Justin (above), who is the ultimate plus-one,” she says. “We can get separated at a party and then come together and have really funny stories to tell each other. And whenever I have lipstick on my teeth or my Spanx are hanging out, he has my back. What more could a girl want?”
Scroll down to shop some of Graham’s party picks below. And for more, check out her monthly column in the December issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.
The Cool Cocktail Dress
"I love the exaggerated sleeves and swingy shape of this dress," says Graham. "No Spanx needed!"
The Shimmery Highlighter
"Charlotte Tilbury's Filmstar Bronze & Glow is my go-to. I like to put a little bit under my eyebrow and then down and around my cheekbone. It brightens up your face. And if you will have someone looking into your eyes all night, why not highlight them?"
The Lace Blouse
"A lace top is Renaissance woman-meets-sexy when you wear just a black bra underneath."
The Statement Bra
"I love this style from my Ashley Graham Essentials collection. It's sexy and supportive!"
The Metallic Pump
"Throw a pair of silver or gold heels on with any black outfit to add that instant wow factor."
The Signature Scent
"Perfume is always the perfect finishing touch, especially for a date night. I'm obsessed with Chloé's classic scent."
The Pencil Skirt
"I love the idea of wearing a chic pencil skirt that has a little bit of texture, like fringe or velvet. I'd wear it with a simple black bodysuit."
The Sleek Ring
"I'm really into chunky rings lately. And I love all of Jennifer Fisher's jewelry."