All Dressed Up: What To Wear To A Holiday Party

What to wear to a holiday party

Party season is officially here – which means it’s time to pop open the champagne, put on a party dress and ce-le-brate! Chances are, your agenda for the next few weeks is filled up with office functions, get together with friends and family and a whole lot of other fabulous parties, which is great of course, but also begs the all-too-important question: what are you going to wear???!

If you feel like you have nothing to wear this party season (note that *nothing* is a very subjective term – my honey and I have very different ideas of what constitutes having nothing to wear for example :), don’t panic! I scoured the internet seas for you and rounded up some lovely options below to get your outfit ideas flowing.

And since I know that party season involves many different occasions and varying dress codes, I’ve also sorted the outfits into categories and included a few tips along the way.

Happy Partying!

♥ The Office Christmas party

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The goal here is to look festive whilst still looking polished and professional.

  • Don’t go for over-the-top outfits and instead use chic accessories (ie. pretty earrings) or luxe fabrics (lace, velvet, silk) to add a touch of sparkle and class to your ensemble.
  • You can never go wrong with a little black dress but classic cocktail dresses in dark colors such as navy, deep green, etc would also be perfect here. Alternatively, you could wear pants/a pencil skirt paired with a nice blouse.
  • If wearing a dress or skirt, choose hemlines that go just above the knee or below.
  • Also remember to keep it classy and to limit your alcohol intake throughout the night. You don’t want to be that girl who gets so drunk at the Christmas party that she makes a fool out of herself in front of all her colleagues and boss. It’s just not a good look.

♥ Family and Friends Get Togethers

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These kinds of occasions are usually more relaxed which means you can inject more fun and personality into your outfit.

  • Metallics are synonyms with the holiday season so this is literally your time to shine! Sequins are another popular option but they can sometimes look very dressy/dramatic so make sure you pare them down with simple pieces or accessories for family shindigs and the likes.
  • If metallics aren’t your thing then dresses in jeweled tones always look very lovely and appropriate at that time of the year, especially in fabrics such as velvet, silk, or jacquard. (I’m planning on wearing a velvet, ruby colored dress on Christmas Eve for example)
  • Don’t go too ‘casual’, holiday parties are the perfect excuse to dress up – take advantage of it! (you can always wear your casual jeans or shorts another time). A few simple but chic options are: a skater dress paired with pumps and a blazer, a simple jumpsuit, black pants worn with a nice shirt or sparkly top.
  • Break in your sexy shoes – by the time New Year’s Eve rolls in, you’ll be able to comfortably dance in them.
  • Finally, if you live in the northern hemisphere make sure to keep warm with coats, tights, hats etc. You wouldn’t want to get sick and miss out on all the fun, would you?

♥ New Year’s Eve

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This is the one night of the year when you can really go all out and dress to the nines. Sparkles, feathers, sequins, bold accessories, bright colors, anything goes really! As long as it’s done with taste of course ;)

  • Opt for fun accessories. A bright clutch, statement jewelry, shimmering shoes, cute hair stuff, you get the gist!
  • Unless it’s a dress, avoid wearing sequins from top to bottom. Christmas is over so there’s no point in looking like a Christmas tree.
  • As I mentioned above, make sure to break in your gorgeous shoes before the big night so that you can dance dance dance!
  • This is also a great time to experiment with dramatic make up (did someone say glitter?), fun nails and sophisticated hairstyles.

I hope you found these tips+outfit ideas useful. I’d love to know – what are your plans this holiday season? Is there a party in particular that you’re looking forward to dressing up for?


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