What to Wear to a Holiday Party: 7 Christmas Party Outfit Ideas

what to wear to a holiday party outfit ideas

It’s hard to believe that we’re almost in the thick of winter—the time of year we find ourselves dusting off our winter boots, scrambling to buy gifts for people who are impossible to shop for, and managing a calendar filled with social obligations. Often, trying to figure out what to wear to a holiday party seems like an impossible task that adds to the stress of the season.

Whether you’re in search of the perfect outfit for your company Christmas party, shopping for a casual holiday event, or simply trying to look cute (but festive!) without freezing your butt off, this guide to holiday party dressing has you covered.


7 Holiday Party Outfit Ideas for Every Occassion

+ When it doubt, go for sequins.

Perhaps this is the most obvious tip for holiday dressing, but that’s because sequins are the perfect way to make any look feel a bit more festive. Go all out with a sequin dress, or add a sparkly touch to a classic outfit with a sequin blazer or embellished top. 

I love the idea of a one-shoulder sequin blouse (seen below) paired with jeans and pumps for a casual Christmas party. 

Also: if you don’t feel like splurging on a statement-making sequin number, I highly recommend Rent the Runway. I did a full review of RTR Unlimited here, and included a promo code if you’re tempted to try it. 

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Photo: @silkfred


+ Stay Warm in Leather or Velvet Pants.

Sometimes you’re just not in the mood for a party dress—especially when it’s freezing out—and that’s more than OK. It’s entirely possible to be holiday party-appropriate in pants.

But rather than going for your everyday black jeans outfit, opt for something a bit more festive, like velvet pants or leather leggings (these Spanx are a personal favorite.) Pair them with a sparkly top, a cozy sweater, or a pretty sheer blouse and black pumps.


+ Pair a Mini Dress with High Slouchy Boots.

A printed or textured wrap dress paired with a tall slouchy boot makes for the perfect holiday party outfit. Or, if you prefer a more fitted boot, I highly recommend these.

Throw on a thick sock and a faux fur coat, and you’ll stay warm while also looking festive. 


+ Rock a Fancy Jumpsuit.

Jumpsuits are the perfect way to look festive while staying comfortable. Go for something clean and classic, or something a little extra, like my sequin catsuit by Amanda Uprichard. (BTW, I just realized it’s available on Rent the Runway.

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1 Comment

  1. November 25, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    Hi Lindsay!

    Love the sequin catsuit! It’s quite the head-turner and the men in the background of the photo prove it! Hahaha. Looking great!

    Thanks,
    Laura

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