How to dress for a christmas party? From dresses to casual chic

by Sylvia

How to dress for a christmas party
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More ideas can be found at How to dress for a holiday party!

The season of christmas parties is approaching and the inevitable question is what to wear? This is actually not a very easy question to answer because every country and culture is so different and so is every party. So in this article I will give you some options:

  1. Go all-out chic in a party dress.
  2. Keep it simple but effortless chic in a blousy top and pants ensemble.
  3. Wear those same tops with a nice chic skirt or go for a festive jumper.
  4. Dress up your casual jeans with a sparkly top and make it extra chic with the right accessories.

1. The party dress

I’m definitely in the dressy camp and a nice party dress is always chic. This is the time of year when you can really go all-out with sparkles which is heaps of fun! If it’s cold where you are and you want to make sure you don’t freeze at your party, choose a dress with sleeves and wear a cami underneath.

2. Simple & effortlessly chic

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If seperates are more your thing then dressy pants with a blousy top are very chic. These wrap blouses are all the trend now, excellent for hiding tummies and so comfortable to wear.

3. Choose a skirt instead of pants

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For a slightly dressier and more feminine look you could make those same kind of tops with either a straight, a-line or lace skirt. Great when paired with a clutch and some hip shoes.

4. Casual chic

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If all the above options are too casual for you, you could even wear your favorite jeans to the party. I personally would go for your darkest and dressiest jeans like those fabulous Not Your Daughter’s Jeans at the left. Make sure to choose a top that is dressier than your normal tops. Any tops with sequins would fit the bill!

5. Dress up with great accessories and fabulous shoes

Accessories are extra important at Christmas parties. Choose your fanciest shoes and your nicest clutch. Sometimes that is all it takes to dress up a simple outfit and make it party-ready. They are extra important if you have chosen a casual chic outfit.

Here are some items available in shops right now!

Tell me, how will you dress for your christmas parties this year? Which option is your favorite?

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Annette

A Christmas event needs some sparkle and I am happy to dress up in a LBD, heels and glam jewellery which I will do for our big office Christmas Dinner.
We’ll have another Christmas Party which is a real party and I’ll go for a party look with a chunky statement necklace or bling-bling earrings.

My evening Christmas Dinner look is currently on my blog.

Annette | Lady of Style

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Sylvia

Very nice Annette. Love that chunky necklace!

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Ann

Fun to see all these options. I’ve been eyeing that sparkly BCBG bag in the store. I think it would make any outfit instantly festive. I also like the two lace dresses, they are stunning.

blue hue wonderland

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Sylvia

Yes, I would need one as well! Still very short on fancy cluthes….

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Suzanne

Sparkle is definately on the list for New Years and maybe Christmas as well.

I like the 1920’s inspired dress in the middle at the top but I try to stay away from black. Emerald or violet would be lovely.

bisous
Suzanne

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Sylvia

I wish I had some events for sparkles, but I’m likely to be on the snow slopes at christmas….

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Buckle Button Zip

Love your picks for option 2 – simple and chic. I’d wear any and all of them. Great ideas!
x Laura

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Sylvia

Thanks Laura. The great thing about those clothes is they are so suitable for many festive occasions.

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Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

The red lace dress is gorgeous. I am most likely to choose a skirt and a sparkly top as in #4.

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Sylvia

here in Singapore I’m firmly in the #1 camp, but if living in a colder climate it would proabably be #2!

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Suzanne

I love going to the mailbox at this time of year and finding the invitations! I start planning my outfit, makeup, and hair the moment I open the envelope. :)
I almost bought the red lace Tadashi Sohji for our first party on the weekend following Thanksgiving but I want to keep the blue streak in my hair so that was not going to work. I am wearing a blue 3/4 sleeve cocktail dress with silver accessories and Sapphire jewelry. The next party is for cocktails also but less formal so I am wearing a navy lace pencil shirt lined in teal satin with a white shirt. I have a top to match the skirt but it is too formal of an outfit. I will wear the lace top with dark jeans and heels for one of the Holiday Open Houses we are invited to. I have decided to not wear black to any event before New Year’s Eve. This is a really fun post!

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Sylvia

You’re a lucky girl Suzanne to always have plenty of parties! I can’t complain either; I’m always travelling during christmas time. Your outfits choices sound wonderful and so good that you are choosing color!

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Greetje Kamminga

A lot of work Sylvia… great post. Fortunately I am good for Christmas. I still have enough in my wardrobe. I am now up for the challenge of remixing things. I wish Anja was still in Haarlem. It is giving me a headache. You know I am not good at remixing. I had a look at Catherine’s Not Dressed as Lamb again today. Gee, she is such a natural with colour mixing and proportions. Never mind, if it does not come natural, we will just have to put in the hours.

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Sylvia

haha, I DO like to give options! You are a lot better than you think. And yes you have plenty of clothes, so I’m sure you will come up with some great outfits!

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M

I want elegant – he wants sexy! I have a leather dress from banana rep. Very nervous about the office party.

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Sylvia

I believe you have to dress in something that YOU feel great in. That is the only way you can be sexy. If you’re uncomfortable, then that will show. So hopefully you also like your leather dress yourself?

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Salena Mryam

Very nice The great thing about those clothes is they are so suitable for many festive occasions.

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