Holiday Party Outfits for Every Occasion

Holiday Party Outfits for Every Occasion

The holiday season is a busy time of year, and planning your holiday party outfits can feel like another to-do on a long list. We're here to help with holiday dresses and festive fits for every occasion, from your company holiday party to casual get-togethers.

People look forward to the holiday season all year long. It’s full of family gatherings, festive events, and tasty treats that only make an appearance once a year. It’s also a time to show off your personal style. Between your work life and your personal life, the calendar is likely already full of holiday plans—including a party or two. Do you know what you plan to wear?

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The type of event you’re attending will help you decide what outfit will be best for the occasion. While casual pieces are ideal for work parties and at-home get-togethers with friends, more formal events call for a more elevated look. Whatever event you’re attending, you should wear something that will look cute and ensure you feel confident all night long. Keep reading to discover our top tips for curating an Instagram-worthy outfit for your next holiday party.

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What to Wear to a Holiday Work Party

Holiday work parties can range from casual to formal. You might work for a small business that’s hosting an intimate gathering in the store, or you might work for a corporate company that’s hosting a big celebration at the local country club. The venue and the activities matter when it comes to choosing the right party fit.

Whether your work party is more casual or more formal, consider your normal work attire and give it a little holiday twist. Your outfit should be festive but also work-appropriate, so keep that in mind when you’re shopping. Go for a classic holiday look in a plaid dress or a tweed skirt, or make a statement in a matching satin pants and blazer set. I mean, we love a matching set moment.

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What to Wear to a Casual Holiday Party

You can really show your personality with a casual holiday party outfit. Whether you’re having a movie night with your immediate family or doing a white elephant gift exchange with friends, your outfit should be festive and—most importantly—cozy.

You can wear a Christmas-themed graphic tee with jeans, a matching sweat set, or even PJs if you’re attending a PJ party.  The options are endless. If the party is a little less casual than that, you might opt for something like a jumpsuit. Jumpsuits are equally stylish and comfy, and they’re easy to dress up or down, depending on the occasion.

Stick to the theme with holiday colors, and have fun with festive fabrics like velvet, satin, tulle, and leather. If you’re not sure just how casual the party is, see what a friend or family member who’s also attending plans to wear. Their outfit choice can help you know what to wear to a Christmas or other holiday party.

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Choosing Holiday Dresses for Any Event

When it comes to choosing an outfit for a holiday party, the options available can be overwhelming. When in doubt, go with a dress. Dresses come in various styles and lengths, complement all body types, and work for just about any event—no matter how casual or formal. Whether you’re mingling with coworkers at an office party, going out for dinner and drinks, or attending a special event like the ballet, a dress is the perfect choice. You can choose from styles like a cocktail dress, sweater dress, or plaid dress to match your style.

Stick to a holiday color palette when dress shopping. You have your reds and greens, of course, but don’t be afraid to branch out with colors like plum, champagne, and a classic black. You can even be bold in a metallic silver or gold piece. Pay attention to fabrics and detailing, too. Seasonal fabrics like velvet and satin look nice and also keep you warm. Details like a fun pattern, big bow, or sequins can complete your look.

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How to Style Holiday Party Outfits

You have your outfit. Now, it’s time to style it with the right accessories. Everything from your shoes to your bag and jewelry can add a festive touch to any holiday look. You can dress up your satin pantsuit with a pair of heels, make your solid dress pop with a sparkly necklace, or add dimension to your jumpsuit with a fun jacket. Choose pieces that complement your outfit and match your style.

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Where to Buy Holiday Party Outfits

Emerald XO Ivy is the go-to holiday shop for sweaters, dresses, jewelry, and more. Don’t waste time going to different stores for each piece of your holiday party attire. We have everything you need all in one place—in your size and at an affordable price. Whether you’re searching for base pieces or clothes to layer, we have you covered. Browse our collection today to find your perfect holiday fit.

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