The Coolest Winter Party Outfits, Period

The holiday season can quickly get overwhelming, and with so many events likely to start popping up on your social calendar in the coming weeks, from family get-togethers to Friendsgiving to Christmas dinners to winter parties with your besties, it's time to start planning your ensembles for each to ensure you'll have one less thing to stress about when the day arrives. Today's focus? Cool, fashion-forward winter party outfits you can piece together in mere minutes. Best of all? They're perfect for every type of social gathering, whether it's a small housewarming or a pre–New Year's Eve hangout.

Before you head to your closet to pick an outfit for the party, think about the dress code. Is it a casual get-together, or is it one that calls for slightly classier attire? For the former, turn to your favorite patent leather pants and faux-fur coat; for the latter, a sleek LBD is a fail-proof option. Ready to see the rest of our winter party outfit edit? Then read on to pick your favorite and shop our roundup of party essentials to wear during the cold-weather months.

The ultimate winter party pants are a pair designed in patent leather.

Show off your wild side this winter by mixing animal-print pieces.

An LBD is great for a winter party that calls for a more formal dress code.

This look screams rocker chic, and it's easy to re-create. Start with a pair of leather pants, throw on a simple shirt, and top it all of with a faux-fur jacket.

Pair your favorite leather skirt with a simple turtleneck sweater. Accessorize with pearls for some added elegance.

A maxi slip dress is bound to be your go-to come winter party season.

Shine bright at your next winter party by donning a sparkly dress. 

A black dress with added feather detailing (or statement sleeves, in general) feels slightly more elevated than your average LBD.

A romper is a one-and-done party outfit that's also super comfortable—what's better than that?

Build your next winter party outfit around a sequin skirt. 

A matching skirt set is so on trend for the season. Add in sheer black tights and sock booties, and you have a winning winter party outfit.

For a more casual winter party, pair your favorite checkered minidress with a denim jacket.

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This faux-shearling-lined biker jacket is well worth the investment.

Dance the night away in this sparkly midi skirt.

For a winter party that calls for cocktail attire, don this luxe velvet jumpsuit that's elegant yet still practical.

Style this with a simple turtleneck and white ankle booties.

Snakeskin is another must-have print for the wintertime.

Next up, check out cool and casual Christmas party outfits to try this season.