7 Head-Turning Looks for Every Party Dress Code

Let’s face it: Holiday events started flooding our calendars when it was still a balmy 75 degrees outside. And now that it’s officially sweater weather and gift-guide season is taking over our Instagram feeds, our social schedules are maxed out with seasonal soirées, charity galas, winter weddings, and office holiday parties.

As dress code­–specific invitations flurry onto our desks and into our inboxes, we’re in desperate need of updating our wardrobes with evening-ready looks that are just as glamorous as the glittering champagne affairs we’ll soon be attending.

To upgrade our holiday party-frock rotation, we’re heading to BCBG. No matter what your invite’s dress code requirements are, we bet you’ll find what you’re looking for below.

Dress Code: Black Tie

If you have a black-tie occasion on your calendar, this gorgeous lace-and-tulle gown by BCBG is a must-have. We love the intricate details on this piece that make it feel both feminine and edgy. Keep your accessories simple with black heels and dainty jewelry for a perfectly understated look. 

Dress Code: Festive

This fitted velvet dress in a deep-red hue is our versatile solution to all the parties we’ll be attending where the dress code says “festive.” Important side note: “Festive” doesn’t typically mean tacky sweaters. Opt for a jeweled cuff, black platform heels, and a sequin clutch to achieve an elevated holiday party look with a dash of whimsy.

Dress Code: Cocktail Attire

We’ve got leopard on our minds this season, and we’re obsessed with this metallic lace cocktail dress. If your friends are throwing a holiday party where you can expect dancing and boozy cocktails, make a bold statement in this sheer stunner. Let the dress be the focal point of your outfit by pairing it with simple accessories and understated black heels.

Dress Code: Semiformal

When it comes to picking an outfit for the office holiday party, a jumpsuit feels like the safest bet. This BCBG cutout makes a statement without being overly flashy. You could even get away with wearing this piece to the office by layering a black blazer over it. Throw on comfortable black pumps, and add a little holiday sparkle with a pair of statement earrings.

Dress Code: Casual Dressy

We’ve all been there: You want to make a statement, but you also want to dress a bit more conservatively because of the party’s host and expected crowd. This sleeveless jumpsuit with ruffle detailing is the perfect stylish solution for just that occasion. Complete the look with black velvet heels and elegant tassel earrings.

Dress Code: Unknown

If you’re unsure about how formal a party’s dress code is, this chic tank dress is an easy option. To feel sophisticated but not overdressed, pair it with pointed-toe pumps and minimal jewelry. If you know the party will attract a trendy crowd, try layering it over a turtleneck, and top off the look with a faux-fur jacket.

Dress Code: Black-Tie Optional

For all of your “black-tie optional” events this holiday season, look no further than this LBD. Add just the right amount of holiday sparkle to this velvet halter dress with gold statement earrings and metallic strappy heels. Bonus: You can easily get away with wearing this dress more than once over the holiday season by swapping out your gold accessories with a bold pop of color like emerald green.

What are you waiting for? Visit BCBG.com to get a jump-start on your holiday party wardrobe.