What to Wear to a Christmas Party

The December calendar quickly fills up with many Christmas parties, which means multiple situations to dress for. I’ve read many blogs and magazine articles on the subject that warn you to stay away from overly festive outfits by choosing boring toned-down, neutral looks. This blog post is not one of those as I encourage reds, greens, metallics, tartans, etc. Christmas is a time of holiday cheer, so have a little fun with your outfit. Here’s my guide to navigating style choices for the holiday season:

 

Casual

A casual get-together at a friends house for Christmas should be festive, but not sloppy. I like plaid tops with a more neutral skirt or pants. Polish it off with a statement necklace and you’re ready to go. Another option would be a holiday sweater with a reindeer motif or fair isle pattern. When the setting allows you to wear whatever you’d like, such as a casual setting, use it as an opportunity to wear that super Christmas-styled item that you’ve been dying to put to use.

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Business Casual or Slightly Dressy

Whether you’re dressing for a work event, or one of those “dressy but not too formal” situations, pair more professional clothing with your nicer holiday attire. For example, you may not wear a loud Christmas sweater, but you could wear a silk plaid blouse with a nice pair of slacks or skirt. For my look below, I wore blackwatch plaid pants with a white collared shirt and kept my accessories simple.

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On the Fancier Side

For a very fancy occasion, check out my post from last week on what to wear to a fancy Christmas event.  For the types of affairs are in between business casual and super fancy, such as going out to dinner at an elegant restaurant, you’ll want to mix one glamorous piece into a whole outfit. This look below is from a party I attended last Christmas season. I wore a jeweled top with a wool skirt and tights. I toned it down slightly with wedges to create an outfit that would be safe to wear to many different Christmas parties where the dress code is ambiguous.

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What type of Christmas parties are you dressing for this season?

 

 

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