12 Party-Ready Holiday Outfits
The holiday season is here, and that means swanky parties worth dressing up for. But not all parties—and not all holiday outfits—are created equal. We’ve rounded up holiday outfits for a full variety of occasions, from a casual potluck at a friend of a friend’s house to your sweetheart’s office soiree!
Hallie of Hallie Daily knows how to turn it on. A chunky sweater with a sequin skirt is the perfect holiday outfit for a less-than-formal affair. Green or silver sequins are festive without screaming holidays. Tone down the sparkle with a neutral sweater, and finish the look with cool loafers. Got a dressier event coming up? Remix the same sequin skirt with a silk blouse (and dressier footwear) later in the season!
Knowing what to wear to an office holiday party can be extra-tricky. You want to look festive while maintaining a semiprofessional ensemble. The solution? Take an embellished dress or skirt up a notch by pairing it with a sleek tuxedo blazer, as Aimee of Song of Style did. The long sleeves and the tailored silhouette of the blazer make it perfectly appropriate for a company or coworker’s party.
For last-minute holiday gatherings, jumpsuits are the answer. The all-in-one has become fashion’s new LBD—versatile, effortless, and appropriate for almost any occasion. We love this lace jumpsuit on Wendy’s Lookbook. Try this look with a swipe of red lipstick and chic pumps for an office holiday party or gala.
When in doubt, a cocktail dress in festive colors is safe for holiday outfits. It’s a great chance to shop your closet, because almost any cocktail dress can be made holiday-ready with a few choice accessories. We love how Amber of Barefoot Blonde wore hers with simple sandals, but black tights and pumps would also do the trick!
A satin party dress like Krystal Schlegel‘s is sure to get you in holiday-party mode! Be the belle of the ball in this festive emerald green frock. Those battling snow or frigid temps can just add black tights and a faux fur jacket.
In our opinion, planning stylish holiday outfits is the best part of a crowded December calendar. We’ll be taking full advantage of formal holiday parties in a head-turning gown like Blair’s of Atlantic Pacific. If you’re rocking a simpler gown, try adding festive touches with accessories like metallic jewelry or an embellished headpiece!
If your social calendar is packed this season, a feather skirt is a versatile investment. Feather-trimmed pieces are perfect for party dressing, holiday outfits included! They’re easy to dress up with a silk or embellished top, or dress down for low-key gatherings. We love how Fallon of Sage and Sparkle paired hers with an embroidered sweater and statement necklace. To pull off this look, wear a fine-knit sweater that isn’t thick or oversized—to keep it from looking bulky.
Look to Doina of The Golden Diamonds for inspiration on how to rock a menswear-inspired look on the holiday party circuit. The fit has to be just right on your blazer (or vest) and pants to pull off this look, so you might need to see a tailor before you RSVP. Add femininity to this look with how you style it. This is the perfect one to emulate: effortless wavy hair, a vamp lipstick, and heels!
Julia of Gal Meets Glam proves you don’t have to overthink your holiday outfits. A lace dress in a pretty jewel tone is festive, yet it can be worn beyond the holidays. We love the black accessories, but you could also add sparkle with chandelier earrings, a metallic clutch, and pumps.
For casual get-togethers this party season, holiday outfits overlap your everyday attire. The easiest way to keep the festive spirit alive is with a pop of holiday color. Rachel of Pink Peonies does so with a cropped red sweater and matching bold lip. Leather pants are the perfect piece to elevate the look!
Even if a party doesn’t require your dressiest outfit, it’s always nice to get in the holiday spirit. For a casual holiday dinner party or a catch-up with old friends, think along the lines of this chic outfit on Courtney of What Courtney Wore. Her plaid pencil skirt is just festive enough, and a leather moto jacket gives it a cool, edgy spin.
Instead of another party dress, switch up holiday outfits with chic separates like wide-leg pants. Take a styling cue from Kat of With Love From Kat, and balance a bold red pair with a black jacket and faux fur stole. Pointed pumps or ankle boots look best peeking out from the wide leg silhouette. Save this outfit for an office holiday party!