But even if you don’t feel like imposing a Little Women dress-code and pairing a pioneer dress with a Fair Isle sweater for your office party (though why not?!), you still have options. You know where reasonably priced sequins of superior quality abound? Second-hand stores. Find a vintage sequined blouse that buttons up the back, take out the shoulder pads, turn it around, and wear it cardigan-style over a bodysuit and some boot-cut jeans. Bob’s your uncle.

Party-wear plan C: a midi-length pleated plaid skirt. As the Cut’s Rebecca Harrington writes: “It is so singular, so not of an actual wardrobe that it transcends dress code. It just says ‘holiday.’”

It is perhaps the perfect outfit for shouting at a cloud. But festive.

Have a great weekend!

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PS: Roma

 is out on Netflix—and still in theaters.

Director Alfonso Cuarón’s long-awaited follow-up to Gravity, is out in limited theatrical release and available on Netflix as of today. Roma, which just nabbed three Golden Globe nominations, takes us to Mexico City, where Cuarón’s 2001 breakout film, Y Tu Mamá También, also began. The film takes place in the 1970s, and follows the story of an indigenous domestic worker amidst political and personal turbulence. Much to the delight of film purists, it was filmed on location on 65 mm film, resulting in what Quartz’s Adam Epstein called “a sensuous, evocative visual journey.” (And that was just the trailer.) So yes, you could stream it on your couch, but the trailer—and critical response—suggest that the story, cinematography, and sound make this one worth watching the old-fashioned way.

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