19 Holiday Outfit Ideas For Every Party on Your Calendar
As hectic as this time of year may get, the holiday season brings about so many activities and events to be excited about, like reuniting with loved ones, revisiting your favorite holiday films from childhood, and indulging in the likes of eggnog and cookies. And to be honest, getting all done up for holiday parties ranks pretty high on the list as well. When else is being decked out in sequins, metallics, feathers and the like (and all at once, if you're bold), considered not only the norm, but the welcomed expectation?
Outfit planning for seasonal soirées is indeed yet another task on your to-do list. But before you panic, don't. The holidays are ideal for simply having fun with fashion — remembering this may make shopping significantly less stressful, too. Still, there are a number of trendy outfit combinations to try out during the holidays. Many of them you should be able to recreate with some of the pieces you already have in your closet. This year, consider playing up the current runway and street style trends with a festive spin. For example, you can make an all-denim ensemble work for a holiday event or party with bold, glitzy accessories like a beaded clutch and glittery platform boots. Or, try updating the classics — think an understated LBD with rhinestone-encrusted heels — or trading in a solid-color suit for one with vibrant prints.
Ahead, here are 19 outfit ideas to keep in mind (or even recreate) for any holiday parties ahead. Then, keep these inspired holiday styles in your back pocket for a night out next year as well.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Three-Piece Suit
Looking for a fresh way to update your favorite power suit? Craft a makeshift three-piece by adding a tailored corset on top.
Holiday Outfit Idea: A Sparkly Mini
Donning a dress fully decked out in crystals is the closest you can get to wrapping yourself up like a present.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Update Traditional Colors
Traditional holiday colors, but make it Cher Horowitz. Tough leather boots lend a slightly grunge air.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Floral Embellishments
3D floral embellishments have skyrocketed to the forefront of fashion this season (think styles from brands such as Magda Butrym, and the internet-loved Fancí Club), and the holidays couldn't have made for a better time to pull them out.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Chain Mail
During the holidays is when brands such as Paco Rabanne — who specialize in chain mail — shine best. Use a netted, chain-style dress to layer over (and breathe new life into) your trusty black maxi.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Metallics On Metallics
Holiday parties are one of the few occasions when no one will question you for applying a heavy hand to the metallics. To get the look, grab a high sheen top and match it with your handbag and shoes.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Statement Shoes
All-over black is a holiday party classic, and that's just a fashion fact. All it takes to add a fresh design element? A statement shoe with a metallic, foil-like finish that feels especially festive.
Holiday Outfit Idea: A Luxe Coat
If the weather absolutely calls for a heavy jacket (and at this time of year, it usually does), try finding one that feels like a moment all on its own. No matter what you decide to wear underneath, a luxurious bit of fur or an eye-catching, two-toned pattern will steal the spotlight.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Relaxed Neutrals
For the low-key gal who wants something understated and lowkey — but stylish — pick a neutral tone dress. Go for a little visual interest by way of tassels or fringe at the hem. Then, layer over a dramatic — albeit practical — longline puffer jacket. Sleek booties seal the deal.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Sneakers With A Dress
Yes, go ahead and pair those sneakers with your floor-sweeping maxi dress. A simple clutch makes for the ideal finishing touch.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Dressy Denim
Take the season's "all denim everything" trend from casual to soirée-ready by adding a voluminous skirt and crystal embellishments.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Festive Fringe
Do your holiday plans include dancing the night away? Go for a style that's even more beautiful when in movement, such as all-over fringe. Not to mention, you'll get gorgeous photographs when you're caught mid-twirl.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Satin Co-Ords
Decision fatigue has its way of kicking in when you have a number of events to plan for. Don't overthink it — reach for classic co-ords with festive feather trim when you don't know what to wear. Metallic accessories round out the chic ensemble.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Flirty Feathers
Feathers make such a strong statement on their own. Keep the rest of your outfit pretty relaxed to tone down the playful texture.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Velvet
Nothing makes for a luxe outfit for the evening like velvet, especially when complete with beaded accents and puffed shoulders. Sheer tights and dangly earrings provide plenty of drama.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Platforms
When wearing all black, mix and match silhouettes, like a micro mini with a slightly oversized trench coat. And for footwear, bring on the sky-high platforms.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Structured Sequins
So often, sequin dresses are worn on their own. Incorporate a blazer with super structured shoulders and tall boots for a more tailored take on the look.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Printed Suit
Stepping out in a bright-colored, printed suit is another way to successfully put a festive spin on the otherwise classic ensemble. Matching shoes and a neutral handbag are accessories that will never miss.
Holiday Outfit Idea: Opera Gloves
Cue the fashion dramatics. A chic pair of opera gloves will turn any outfit into eveningwear goals.