Exclusive: Lauren Conrad's Cool-Girl Guide to Holiday Dressing

The holidays are coming up quickly, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. This is hands-down the happiest time of year, in my book. There’s something special about decorating our Christmas tree, wrapping presents, seeing friends at holiday parties, and spending quality time with family.

This year, I have a handful of holiday soirees lined up, so I’ve been putting together different looks for each party. Today, I’ll be sharing my favorite holiday looks and style tips, as well as a handful of my holiday season essentials. Take a look.

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Justin Coit

Cozy Sweater + Sequined Skirt 
This is one of my favorite looks for a holiday party or Thanksgiving dinner. Mixing textures is a fun way to add interest to an outfit, and I love how this knit sweater dresses down this floor-length sequin skirt.

Credits: Ulla Johnson Kitty Sweater ($400) in Natural; Paper Crown Hayworth Sequin Maxi Skirt ($315); Catbird Teardrop Ring ($198) in Opal/14K Gold; Schutz Cadey-Lee Heels ($180) in Black Patent. 

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Justin Coit

Faux Fur + Lacy Slip
This oversized, textured coat is an unexpected (and quite cozy) way to complete almost any outfit. It’s feminine and a little bit funky, perfect to throw over a cocktail dress for a night out or over jeans and a t-shirt during the day.

Credits: Unreal Fur De-Fur Coat ($349) in Dusty Pink; Paper Crown Garland Romper ($188); Pearl Collective Spiked White Freshwater Pearl Ring ($400) in Sterling Silver.

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Justin Coit

Glam Cocktail Dress + Metallic Heels
This sleek metallic dress is perfect for a holiday cocktail party or winter wedding. The silhouette is classic and simple, but the sheen gives it the perfect amount of sparkle for a special night out during the holidays. And I’m also pretty in love with these rose gold pumps too… 

Credits: Zimmerman Riot Bronze Dress ($625); Jennifer Zeuner Roxanne Triple Band Ring ($264, similar style) in Gold Vermeil; Marie Turner The Lunch Clutch ($290) in Black Pyramid Studs; Paul Andrew Solace Metallic Nappa with Python Slingbacks ($895).

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Justin Coit

Slip Dress + Glittery Oxfords 
This holiday season I’ll definitely be stepping out of my style comfort zone and trying things I haven’t worn before. Why not, right? We all need a break from heels from time to time, and these sparkly oxfords are the perfect retreat. Worn with a flowy dress and a blazer resting on your shoulders, this look is perfect for a dinner date at your favorite restaurant.

Credits: A.L.C. blazer; ONE by Pink Stich-Resort Maxi Dress ($84) in Navy; Jennifer Zeuner Roxanne Triple Band Ring ($264, similar style) in Gold Vermeil; L’F Tac Gipsy BSG Shoes ($500).

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Justin Coit

Tailored Jacket + Skinny Jeans 
A tailored jacket is one those pieces that can completely change the look of an outfit. Pairing it with a silk blouse and a pair of skinny jeans creates the perfect look for a day at the office or out at meetings. It’s functional while remaining stylish. The pop of color from the teal pumps adds a little something extra, too. I love this outfit for a busy day of meetings that ends with cocktails with my girlfriends. 

Credits: Zadig & Voltaire Vedax Dore Deluxe Blazer ($700); Cami NYC The Blacklace Black Cami ($138); Citizens of Humanity Racer Skinny Jeans ($248) in Folklore; Kurt Geiger London Bond Shoes ($500) in Green.

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Justin Coit

Leather Jacket + Lace Maxi
This is one of my favorite day-to-night looks. Mixing a feminine ivory dress (complete with gorgeous lace details) and a leather moto jacket is a great way to attain a fresh look. Also, the ankle socks add a little extra sweetness to the edgy lace-up heels.

Credits: Schott for Urban Outfitters Ex-Boyfriend Leather Moto Jacket ($690) in Black; Zimmermann Riot Eyelet Bell Dress With Slip ($1650); Gaspard Yurkievich and Gerbe Ankle Socks ($40) in Rose Des Sables-Dore; Aquazzura Babe Cutout Booties ($695) in Black.

Photographer: Justin Coit
Stylist: Sarah Schussheim
Hair: Kristin Ess
Makeup: Amy Nadine
Manicurist: Kait Mosh

Paper Crown Bronzed Tweed Sheath ($149)
This tweed sheath dress from my Paper Crown line is absolutely perfect for a holiday party. With its timeless silhouette and hint of shine, you can wear it at work with flats and then throw on a pair of pumps to dress it up for a soiree.

L’AGENCE Notch Collar Coat ($795)
A great coat is a fall and winter essential, and this camel-colored one from L’AGENCE is so easy to throw on before heading out the door. It’s also

Clare V. Margo Fold Over Clutch ($220)
A cute clutch is a must for your upcoming holiday parties. I personally love this one from Clare V. I have a soft spot for polka dots and gold accents, and this one will go with any outfit you wear this season.

Sergio Rossi Lady Jane Pumps ($620)
As many of you already know, there aren’t too many things I love more than rose gold accents. So when I saw these chic pumps, I knew I had to have them. The shimmery cap-toe gives this classic nude pump a little something extra. This is definitely a shoe you can wear all season long.

Parker Black Petra Dress ($572)
A sparkly party dress is a holiday season essential, and this gorgeous one from Parker is one of my current favorites.

Saloni Annabelle Skirt ($550)
This skirt combines some of my favorite seasonal trends: polka dots, bows, and the midi length. It also has a very classic, retro vibe, which I love.

Equipment Sloane Crew Neck Sweater ($298)
I love a good crew-neck sweater to wear with jeans or a high-waisted skirt. I’m currently loving this cute one from Equipment. The star print gives it a little extra holiday flair.

Paper Crown Addie Sequin Dress ($216)
I’m a sucker for sequins, and this sparkly cocktail dress from Paper Crown is one of my favorites from our latest collection. It was made for holiday parties, New Year’s Eve celebrations, and everything in between.

Milly Natalie Cocktail Dress ($795)
This sweet floral number from Milly is the perfect solution for those fancier soirees and events you’ll be attending. It’s also a great dress to wear to any winter weddings you have lined up.

Kate Spade New York Daphne Bow Detail Coat ($798)
I can’t resist a bow detail, so this beautiful coat by Kate Spade caught my eye immediately. It will keep you warm on those chilly nights, while adding a little something extra to your outfit.

Kate Spade New York Bow Back Fit & Flare Dress ($428)
Did I mention how much I love bows? This just might be the sweetest dress I’ve seen all season. I can’t wait to wear it to holiday parties and on nights out with my girlfriends.

Rebecca Taylor Foil Metalasse Midi Skirt ($395)
Midi skirts have been my go-to recently, and this metallic one was made for the holidays! You can dress it up with a silk blouse or dress it down with a chunky knit sweater.

Equipment Lillian Pajama Set ($388)
What would the holidays be without some time spent relaxing with family and friends at home? Be the coziest and most stylish one in this adorable pajama set from Equipment.

What's your go-to party look this season?

​XO Lauren