18 Dec

Seasonal Style Guide: What to Wear for Every Holiday Party

If your holiday season is anything like ours, your calendar is filling up with a busy month of Christmastime celebrations. A December that’s packed with festive occasions can be a welcome way to close out the year, but it can also present a challenge when it comes to your winter wardrobe. Let’s face it—RSVP’ing to a lot of parties means you’ll be picking out a lot of outfits! From cozy sweaters to sparkling dresses, you’ll need a wide array of options to suit every seasonal occasion. To make things a little bit easier (and leave you more time for holiday fun), we’ve rounded up style inspiration for five common holiday get-togethers, from office parties all the way to New Year’s Eve.

Decking the Halls: For many of us, the holiday season doesn’t truly begin until the tree is decorated, the lights are strung, and the stockings are hung. If your December plans include decking the halls, you’ll need an outfit that’s cozy, comfortable, and ready for a photo-op beside the finished tree. Your day of decorating might begin with a trip to the tree farm to find the perfect holiday evergreen, so you’ll need a cozy coat. Look for warm options that offer extra style, like plush faux fur in an unexpected shade. Once you’ve returned home, keep your outfit simple with a roomy sweater and leggings that allow you to wrangle the tree, grab decorations from the attic, and hang lights high and low to spread good cheer all around.

Office Party: The annual office party is one of the season’s biggest challenges when it comes to festive attire. You need an outfit that strikes the perfect balance between professional and fun—nothing too revealing, but not too stuffy, either. When it comes to celebrating with your coworkers, we recommend pieces that can transition from day to evening with ease. And if you’re hoping to stand out from the crowd, eschew the traditional cocktail dress in favor of more creative options. For an on-trend look that will keep you comfy through cocktail hour, start with a chic jumpsuit. You can pair it with a blazer and flats for an office-appropriate look during the day, then add heels and a few pieces of festive jewelry when it’s time to party.

Friends & Fun: The holiday season can be a great opportunity to reconnect with friends from near and far. We love hosting a full slate of “Friendsmas” festivities, from cookie decorating and caroling to White Elephant gift exchanges and even ugly sweater parties! When it’s time to celebrate the season with friends, keep things casual and cheerful—don’t worry about going glam. Start your outfit for a friendly gathering with timeless foundations, like jeans and riding boots, then top off your look with a piece that speaks to the season, like chunky knitwear or a sleek velvet blouse in a vibrant hue (holly red and hunter green are our best color picks for Christmas!).

Christmas Day: On the biggest day of the holiday season, pull out all the stops when it comes to celebratory attire. Though you might start off your Yuletide in pajamas around the tree, you can showcase your festive and fashionable sides at Christmas dinner. A swingy, long-sleeved dress in a merry and bright shade is the perfect multi-tasking outfit: it will keep out the winter chill, lend your look some holiday cheer, and leave a little room for extra cookies and cocoa. Look for special details—like lace, beading, or embroidery—to add a festive flair to your holiday dress, and don’t shy away from extra sparkle when it comes to accessories.

New Year’s Eve: As the grand finale of party season, New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to embrace all things glamorous! We believe that there’s no such thing as too many sparkles as you count down to midnight, and a show-stopping mini dress is a perfect place to start, especially if you’re planning a big night on the town. If your style is more subdued or you’re headed to a house party, you can never go wrong with a New Year’s Eve classic: the little black dress. Investing in an LBD that you can wear over and over is a great way to help your wardrobe kick off the New Year.

Which looks will you be wearing to this season’s holiday celebrations? Share your favorite tips for festive attire in the comments!

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