16 Outfits That Prove You Can Wear Pants for Every Holiday Occasion

When it comes to holiday dressing, my fellow editors often discuss which dresses they have their eyes on. I, on the other hand, quickly jump in with all the pants I'm considering. If you're like me, you pretty much live in some form of pants, with nary a dress or skirt in sight. I've only worn pants to weddings and even wore a bridal jumpsuit to my own nuptials. Thankfully, the past few years have brought about some great styles that fit right in for all sorts of festivities.

There are a couple of outfits with pants that I'm considering wearing throughout the holidays. One idea for an effortless ensemble is to pair a white blouse with black pants, making sure that either the shirt or the pants have an interesting detail. Another alternative is to throw on a going-out top with metallic detailing and styling it with a more straightforward style like slim leather pants. As for how to complete these outfits, any of these options go great with oversize earrings, a sleek mini bag, and statement boots.

I rounded up some of the most inspiring pant outfits from my Instagram favorites that are perfect for your small holiday gatherings. From minimalist styling to outstanding head-turning looks, I found a little something to fit just about every personal style.

Style Tip: If you're looking for an easy ensemble that's as comfortable as it is chic, wear a pajama-inspired set.

Animal print pants and vest party outfit



Style Tip: Swap out your standard blazer for a tailored vest instead, and style it with cool printed pants.

Monochromatic pants party outfit



Style Tip: You can never go wrong with a monochromatic ensemble. To give it more visual interest, experiment with details such as draping or pleats.

Cocktail party outfits with pants ensemble



Style Tip: If you want to wear a bolder look, style a sheer blouse with a pair of bright-colored pants.

Style Tip: When in doubt, you can always wear a statement top with black trousers.

Style Tip: If you want a cozier ensemble, pair printed trousers with a polished sweater.

Mixed-print cocktail party outfit



Style Tip: Don't be afraid to mix and match graphic prints for a jaw-dropping look.

Brown cocktail party outfit



Style Tip: A deep, chocolate-brown outfit is a fresh alternative to classic black. Wear the shade in various prints for a cool ensemble.

Simple cocktail party outfit with pants



Style Tip: You can never go wrong with a classic snake-print blouse and black trousers.

Easy cocktail party outfit with pants



Style Tip: On the other hand, if you want to wear a bright color, go for a silk button-down shirt with skinny pants.

Style Tip: Have a cool going-out top you've been itching to wear? Pair it with tailored trousers for an instantly polished outfit.

holiday outfit ideas with pants



Style Tip: A color-blocked look is a fun (and a little bit unexpected) cocktail party outfit. Add a chunky necklace to finish it off.

Snake-print cocktail party outfit with pants



Style Tip: Just in case you're feeling slightly more casual, style your trousers with a fitted turtleneck top and a moto jacket.

Cocktail party outfit with satin trousers



Style Tip: Chic wide-leg pants will always dress an ensemble up.

Cocktail outfit with black pants and silk camisole



Style Tip: If you need a look you can put together in minutes, let it be a silk camisole with classic trousers.

Style Tip: Sport a timeless pussy-bow blouse with tapered trousers and statement heels for a look that's polished and versatile.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated by Anna LaPlaca. If you're searching for a new pair of stylish pants and need inspiration, we've got you covered with the trend cool girls are wearing instead of jeans.