As the year comes to a close, it’s time to celebrate the holidays with co-workers, friends, and family. Holiday celebrations mean lots of holiday parties. Don’t settle for wearing the same outfit for every event.
These twelve tips can help you style the perfect ensemble for any holiday party. Look festive on Christmas or Haunnukah in a stylish romper, turn heads at the work holiday party in a festive satin midi dress, and dazzle on the dance floor on New Year’s Eve in a sequin mini.
1. Never Underestimate a Little Black Dress
If you don’t have a little black dress in your closet, this is your reminder to purchase one ASAP! The little black dress is a staple wardrobe piece you can wear again and again. Choose a dress with a classic cut. Add a printed scarf for your office holiday party, then wear it again for New Year’s with sequin pumps and sparkly chandelier earrings.
2. All Hail the Satin Midi Dress
Satin midi dresses were all the rage this past wedding season. Style your bridesmaid's dress for a winter soiree. Add texture by layering it with a knit sweater for a casual holiday work party. The satin will elevate the look by adding a subtle shine. Style your midi for a holiday cocktail party with a shimmery pashmina and strappy heels.
3. Go Luxe in Crushed Velvet
There is nothing quite as luxurious as a crushed velvet dress. Velvet looks gorgeous in rich jewel tones like emerald green, ruby red, or azure blue – ideal for a holiday cocktail party. A subtle ruched design will help cinch your waist and elongate your legs. Choose a shorter length to balance the full-length sleeve, and wear some shimmery nylons to keep your legs warm.
4. Wrap Yourself Up in a Wrap Dress
Show off your silhouette in a stunning wrap dress! These dresses are universally flattering by enhancing the flirty and feminine hourglass figure. Even if you have a more athletic build, a wrap dress can create the illusion of curves by cinching your waist, highlighting your bust, and smoothing out your hips.
5. Sparkle and Shine in Sequins
Dance the night away decked out in sequins this New Year’s. You’ll look as effervescent as a glass of sparkling wine in a soft rose gold color. Choose an art-deco pattern to add geometry to the look and emphasize your curves.
6. Stay Chic and Cozy in Faux Fur
Whether you opt for a sequin mini or a satin midi dress, adding a faux fur coat adds an extra dose of glamour to your ensemble. It will keep you warm during a rooftop party or simply allow you to make an entrance before revealing your stunning dress.
7. Keep Up with the Little Ones in an Elegant Romper
Christmas with children is a busy affair! Settle down under the tree easily and help your children open their gifts. An elegant romper is worn just like a dress, offering the freedom of movement Moms need to host a holiday party.
8. Off-the-Shoulder Styles
A stylish off-the-shoulder dress will elongate your neck and highlight your collar bones. A fuller skirt will balance the open neckline and create the classic 1950s silhouette. Pair with a choker necklace and pumps for a classic look. Add a vintage clutch to complete the look, and head to your holiday work party.
9. Cuddle Up in a Sweater Dress
Don’t let the cold winter weather keep you from dressing up for the holiday party. Stay warm and cozy in a form-fitting sweater dress. Use a belt to cinch your waist and keep the heavy material from hiding your shape.
10. Change it Up with Asymmetrical Hemlines
Add dimension to your holiday ensemble with asymmetrical hemlines. Try pairing a hi-lo skirt with a tight black turtleneck or bodysuit. The form-fitting top will balance out the fullness of the skirt. The shorter front will show off your long legs, while the longer back keeps you looking classy for a work event or family party.
11. Add a Blazer to Look Polished and Professional
Wear your satin midi dress for a work party by layering it under a long blazer. Pop on a belt to cinch your waist and pair it with ankle boots and dainty jewelry.
12. Elevate any Dress with Shoes and Accessories
No holiday look is complete without the accessories! Style your holiday dress from head to toe to dazzle family and friends this season. Give your little black dress a quirky flair with holiday-themed earrings. Add an edge to a cozy sweater dress with over-the-knee boots.
Changing up your accessories can help you wear one dress in a new way for each event and keep you looking fabulous all winter long.