7 Party Outfit Ideas for All Types of Dress Codes

It’s almost that time of year again when a scroll through your diary makes you look like a professional partygoer. A pub lunch here, a festive cocktail there, a couple of work parties and before you know it, you’re all booked up. We’re not complaining, though. The festive party season is the best excuse to go all-out when it comes to dressing up. Sparkly earrings and platform sandals? Sure. Metallic gold boots for lunch? Why the hell not? Top it all off with glitter manicures and a blow-dry, and we’re glad of the opportunity to indulge our inner party girl. 

Showgoer wears drop sparkle earrings, red knit cardigan, pink metallic trousers.


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Of course, while it’s all rather exciting, each individual event requires a different event. Fear not, though—we’re here to help. From a cocktail party to a knees-up with friends, we’ve sought inspiration from some of the most stylish ladies on the party circuit for original styling ideas that won’t see you turn up to an event sporting the same look as another guest. So sit back, consult that calendar and scroll through the gallery below for the seven Christmas party outfit ideas you’ll need.

A Night At The Pub

Style Notes: Lucy Williams knows how to jazz up a T-shirt and jeans. A statement coat, like this All Saints number, will add interest to a casual outfit without too much effort. Perfect for a night in at the pub.

Cocktail-Party Chic

Style Notes: For cocktail party chic this season, we're looking to the '80s for inspiration and Anna Vitiello's mini dress couldn't be more perfect. Pair with patent accessories for full throwback vibes. 

Festive Lunch Date

Style Notes: Sequins and sneakers feels like a fresh combination this season, and one that is perfect for a festive lunch date. Make like Freddie Harrel and style with a festive green blouse and megawatt smile. 

Style Notes: The work party is always a tricky one to navigate—you want to look smart, stylish and confident all at the same time. Hannah Almassi's Goat dress ticks all the boxes with its elegant long sleeves and flattering, nipped-in waist.

An Open House Party

Monikh wears lurex knit skirt and knitted jumper



Style Notes: This category can vary massively according to whose house you're heading too, however, if in doubt, go for smart casual with a festive twist. This lurex skirt feels suitably Christmassy, while the heeled boots and cosy knit keeps it from looking full on bauble. 

The Black-Tie Soirée

Style Notes: The Vampire's Wife is the dress brand every fashion editor is obsessed with this year. For a black tie 'do, opt for one of the brand's metallic styles and pair with platform sandals. They do gorgeous velvet iterations too.

Style Notes: If you're not a dress person then why not try a classic suit, as seen on Ellie from Slip into Style. To transition from desk to drinks, simply pop on some red lipstick and slip on a pair of black heels. 

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