Dressing up to dress it down

Overdressing or underdressing? Which do you ere on the side of when you don't know how formal your holiday party is going to be? (And is it just me or is this time of year chalk-full of events where you never know the dress code?!) It seems like the popular verdict is it's better to be overdressed than under. For me, I prefer underdressed—yup. But I don't mean in the jeans-and-a-t-shirt sense—in fact, I dress up to dress down.

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A fancy black evening gown—black-tie appropriate on it's own. But everything else—opaque tights, boots, grey cardigan, casual necklace—dresses it back down. So in the end I feel comfortable, pretty casual, and pretty true to my style.

So yes I prefer to under dress—I just take the long winding road to get there.

— What I wore —

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Dress: thrifted Cardigan: H&M here Booties: Target (and on sale!) here Necklace: old (similar here)

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I love me a good vintage dress almost as much as a good vintage coat (like this one). One of those gem of a finds at the thrift shop that I had no idea how/where I was going to wear it but that I had to have it. It had me at asymmetrical hem.

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Weigh in: would you rather be overdressed or underdressed? Any go-to's for when you don't know the dress code? 

Wishing everyone a very merry holiday season (& being perfectly comfortable in whatever you are wearing)