The most wonderful time of the year is also a stressful time, sartorially speaking… Holiday party outfits require a lot of outfit planning. One of the most important things to keep in mind: A look that may work at one holiday party might not work at another. For instance, the outfit you’d wear to a gift exchange at a cocktail bar with girlfriends is probably not what you’d wear to a holiday dinner with your S.O.’s family. And that’s where we come in… In the name of helping you look stylish and appropriate, we’ve rounded up an outfit idea for almost every type of holiday party.
And in the interest in helping save you even more time (that—let’s be real—you probably don’t have a surplus of right now), we also went ahead and offered up winning gift ideas for each. Because while people might not remember exactly what you wore six months from now, they’ll definitely remember the thoughtful gift you got them.
Keep scrolling for the ultimate guide on what to wear (and what to give) for every holiday occasion you’ll be attending this season.
The Office Party
American Eagle Outfitters Lace Keyhole Top ($50)
At office holiday parties, you want your look to be festive but still a bit demure. (After all, your company’s dress code still applies.) This top strikes the perfect balance, thanks to its cranberry-red hue, lace applique, and of-the-moment bell sleeves.
American Eagle Outfitters Meri Meri Woodland Crackers ($25)
These party crackers, at a white elephant–appropriate $25 price point, have a cute woodland creatures theme and make for a fun party activity. Bonus: There are even more gifts inside; just don’t get the glitter all over your boss’s desk!
The Get-Together With Girlfriends
Dinner With Your S.O.’s Family
American Eagle Outfitters Lace-Up Side Bootie ($70)
Whether it’s your first time meeting them or you’re practically part of the family, a holiday dinner with your S.O.’s parents always calls for a put-together ensemble. These boots are sophisticated and fashion forward without going over the top.
Gift-Giving With Your S.O.
Going Home for the Holidays
What’s the best gift you’ve ever gotten for the holidays? Tell us in the comments below.