While attending to festive holiday parties is one of our favorite parts of the season, when you don’t know what to wear, the experience quickly goes from fun to stressful. That’s where we come in. We’ve broken down the spectrum of holiday parties into six main categories, and provided you with a celeb-inspired outfit suggestion for each. Click through to see and shop our suggestions for this holiday season!
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The easiest way to put together an appropriate outfit for your office holiday party? Opt for colorful pieces that you wouldn’t necessarily wear every day. Team a bright coat or jacket with an equally bold skirt and fun heels for a look that could go straight from work to the event.
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As the host of the party, you’ll want to stand out but maintain the ability to bend, run around, and move easily. The solution? A full-length, printed jumpsuit. The fashion-forward choice doesn’t need much accessorizing, so you’ll have more time to focus on your guests.
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If there’s one party where you can release your inner fashion girl, it’s the one your good friends are throwing. No need to worry about a classic party outfit here. We suggest a sleek suit (or tuxedo) to achieve a cool-girl party-ready look that your pals will surely appreciate.
For your date/boyfriend/husband’s family’s holiday party, we suggest opting for a feminine and classic dress in an on-trend print. Choose an A-line style, shirtdress, or off-the-shoulder silhouette (or check out any of these) and pair your frock with pumps or fancy flats for a polished result.
At your own relatives’ parties, you can get away with more adventurous pieces—although you’ll still want to respect the host and the occasion. Try leather trousers or track pants styled with a ladylike jacket for a cool contrast.
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If you’re attending a holiday party with your kids or your nieces or nephews—any soiree that may require occasionally running around after them—go with comfortable footwear and something you can move in. A polka-dot blouse paired with relaxed trousers and platform oxfords is a playful, festive look, but still very child-friendly.