When it comes to holiday style, it’s like the stakes just got that much higher, right? Sure, you could opt for that LBD, but it’s the holidays. Now (more than any other time of the year) is the perfect time to play dress-up and have fun. And no matter what type of party you’ve been invited to, putting thought and effort into each piece can help ensure that you end up making an eye-catching statement.
Looking to get a head start on prepping your holiday looks? Here are a few pointers to start: First, don’t leave your outfit-planning to the last minute. Second, this is also the year to say goodbye to tired holiday style elements (you know, bandage dresses, sequin overkill, and over-the-top makeup) in favor of something more elevated and fresh. Need some inspiration? Follow Thrifts and Threads blogger Brittany Xavier’s lead: She’s crafted go-to looks for any party invite that comes your way using a few seriously chic, versatile pieces from H&M.
Keep reading to see and shop a few out-of-the-box outfits that’ll get you through the season in style.
The Office Party
<h5>Shine On</h5>Choose a <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/products/ladies/tops/long_sleeved " target="_blank">top</a> with some sheen then pair it with a more neutral <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/products/search?q=slip%20dress " target="_blank">dress</a>.
<h5>Add Movement</h5> When your <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/products/ladies/dresses_jumpsuits/midi" target="_blank">dress</a> has a slit, it allows for more movement. Opt for one when you layer so your look isn't too stiff.
Now is your time to shine (literally). The office holiday party is a time to impress your boss, show off your (fabulous) non-work self, and celebrate with your co-workers. Our pick for the occasion? A pleated metallic top layered under a more elevated dress and statement jewelry. Don’t go too overboard, though; heeled ankle boots are the key to keeping your look work-appropriate here.
The Plus-One Night Out
<h5>Add a Cool Factor</h5>Party fancier than you thought? Peel off the casual <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/products/ladies/jackets_coats/bombers " target="_blank">bomber</a> and let your metallic skirt take center stage.
<h5>Pleats Please</h5>Like the slit detail, a <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/products/search?q=pleated%20skirt" target="_blank">pleat</a> with shine not only adds movement to your look but also creates a more fancy effect to your outfit.
So your S.O. or best friend invited you to a holiday party… You can ask about the dress code, but it’s best to play it safe in a situation like this. If you don’t know what the vibe of the party will be, layers are always a smart bet. Try layering your cool bomber over your go-to party dress or skirt; that way you can peel off the jacket if the party’s a bit fancier than you anticipated.
The Family Function
<h5>All In the Details</h5>The right detail can take the outfit to the next level of cool. Opt for a top with <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/products/search?categories=ladies&q=zipper%20sweater" target="_blank">zippers</a> at the neckline; the hardware makes for a fun (and functional!) alternative to jewelry.
<h5>Top it Off</h5>You don't have to sacrifice warmth for style. <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/products/ladies/cardigans_jumpers/jumpers?concepts=TREND " target="_blank">Bundle up</a> for your commute with a chic camel <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/products/ladies/jackets_coats/coats" target="_blank">coat</a> that goes with everything.
Attending a family holiday party? You’re going to want to be comfortable for all of the cocktails and conversations. Instead of a dress, opt for sleek wide-leg pants and a sweater with a fun detail. You’ll look festive and refined, yet comfortable enough for a casual evening in with your loved ones.
Which holiday look do you like most? Tell us in the comments below.