Tis the season to be jolly, right? That is until party season starts and we all have to not only find the time to pick the perfect outfit, but we have to figure out what to wear to these holiday parties . Between office parties, ornament exchanges, Christmas cocktails at the neighbors, family dinners, and more, the never ending battle of our outfit dilemmas continue.
Unless it’s an Ugly Christmas Sweater theme, there are always different interpretations about party attire, and invitations can be confusing when offering helpful hints. I mean really, what is “Casual Cocktail” anyway?
The first thing I want to clarify is that holiday dressing doesn’t have to be so literal. You do NOT have to wear a Christmas tree pendant or sport red and/or green to be in the holiday spirit. Now I do love those colors and it’s completely acceptable to wear them, but please don’t wear them together. Try using them as a pop of color to make a statement with your outfit or take a chance on a distant cousin like Burgundy or Forest Green. Plaids are also out in full force at retail and are a great way to look the part of the merry party guest.
My stylish business partner and I have teamed up together to help you decode the holidays which includes outfit inspiration for your upcoming parties. We’ve gone from casual looks to more dressier ideas to help guide you along your busy social calendars.
Casual Holiday ::
This includes outfit ideas for girls night out, couple’s ornament exchanges, Dirty Santa, or holiday dinner with family and/or friends.
Wear a festive plaid for those casual nights out with your besties. Step it up a notch by adding a little faux fur. Pop in a red accessory like a cross body bag or statement earring and you are ready to go!
Add a little shimmer to your holiday style with a crushed velvet tee. Pair with dark denim for a “dressed” up casual look and heels. Booties are also appropriate here too. Layer a boyfriend cardigan or faux leather jacket for extra warmth.
Dressy Casual ::
Outfit ideas for cocktails at a friends house, Sunday School Christmas social, or a more relaxed office party.
Burgundy is an alternate way to add a bold yet playful color to your party pants (or jeans). A velvet blazer is the perfect way to dress up a pair of jeans or black pants. It’s also a great outerwear option for a black jumpsuit or dress.
Make a statement with a red skirt or pair of pants, but let them be the star of the show. Add a little sparkle with an embellished bomber jacket or cardigan. Tights and booties will work here too for chillier temps.
Dress (IER) ::
Outfit ideas for work parties, dressed up Christmas Eve (or DAY) dinner, or more formal events that are not cocktail attire.
Separates are such a great way to create a versatile wardrobe and can give you more outfit options after the main event. A pleated velvet skirt is a perfect way to dress up a basic tee. Just add a statement earring and a pop of color (like red) to get you in the Christmas spirit.
Show a little skin and add a little sparkle with a cold shoulder lurex sweater. The dramatic bell sleeve gives this shimmering stunner some extra flare for your party. You can also dress it down with jeans and a heel for those less formal occasions.
Hope your holiday season is off to a great start!
Jackie and Nicole