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What to Wear: Holiday Party Edition

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Jacqueline Gubiani

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for holiday parties, which means plenty of drinks, food, and mingling. From your office holiday shindig to your family’s big day, we’ve put together outfit ensembles perfect for any party you plan to attend.

Your Work Party

Your work holiday party—whether it’s a black-tie dinner or business casual luncheon—still requires a bit of dressing up. An emerald green long-sleeved dress with a pleated waist is classy look that’s both festive and office-appropriate.

Pair it with nylons and heeled boots: You’re in line with the spirit of the season and HR’s dress code.

Your Family Dinner

Similar to our Thanksgiving what to wear post, the family dinner outfit choice can be very casual or very formal. Maybe your family wears matching plaid onesies or maybe everyone shows up dressed to the nines.

For the fancy family dinner, a merlot blouse looks great with cropped black pleated trousers. You’ll look cozy and classy, and have plenty of room to enjoy a second piece of pie.

Your S/O’s Dinner

It’s best to take your SO’s lead, erring on the side of dressing up. A cashmere cableknit and black jeans balances your casual vibe and looks nice in this winter season.

A mustard corduroy skirt and forest green turtleneck bring your outfit up a notch—not only do you look great, but it’ll further cement your status as the family’s favourite significant other that your partner brought home.

Your Friend’s Dinner

The girls’ wine and cheese party is always a classy affair—regardless of the numerous glasses of wine everyone is bound to enjoy. Unless the theme is specific to “ugly Christmas sweaters”, you can show up looking après ski chic in a cream oversize turtleneck, dark wash jeans, and snakeskin boots.

This cool girl outfit is wintery and stylish—great for gossiping with your friends with a glass of wine in hand.

Your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

One of your friends is bound to throw this party—it’s now synonymous with the holiday season. You can choose to buy a sweater, or if you’re crafty, make it yourself.

Inexpensive holiday sweaters can be found at places like Urban Outfitters and Walmart. If you’re decorating your sweater yourself, craft stores, such as Michael’s, sell all the accessories—from garland to ornaments—you could possible need. Complete your look with leggings and snowboots, and you’re ready to go.

Wherever you’re going this season, cheap authentic designer handbags are perfect accessories to your holiday outfit—and you’ll need something to carry your essentials. This Coach leather mini wristlet, with its pebbled pattern and gold tone logo, is perfect for storing those necessities as your make your way from one party to another.


What are you wearing to your holiday parties? Let us know in the comments!

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