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

by Sylvia

How to dress for a christmas 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 refresher article I will give you some options. You can even shop them!

  • Go all-out chic in a party dress.
  • Keep it simple and chic in an effortless and top and pants ensemble.
  • Get festive Wear those same tops with a nice chic skirt or go for a festive jumper.
  • 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, eye catching metallics, and fun color combinations, 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


If separates are more your thing, then dressy pants (such as these wide leg trousers by J.W. Anderson) paired with easy to put together tops are a chic choice. The dramatic silhouette of the wide leg trousers will add instant glamour and sophistication to your look. Pair them with a contrasting blazer for an immediate haute look or add an extra layer of sparkle with a short sleeve sequined sweater.

3. Choose a skirt instead of pants


For a slightly dressier and more feminine look an a-line, straight, or lace skirt is your best bet. A statement making clutch will take things up a notch for an even more festive look. As an ode to the season, slip into a pair of bold, red pumps.

4. Casual chic

If all the above options are too dressy for you, you could even wear your favorite jeans to the party. I personally would go for your darkest and dressiest jeans. Make sure to choose a top that is dressier than your normal tops (this gorgeous Juan Carlos Obando blouse definitely qualifies!). A cocktail ring makes the perfect accessory.

5. Dress up with great accessories and fabulous shoes


Accessories are extra important at Christmas parties. Choose your fanciest shoes and your nicest clutch. Bonus points for selecting a conversation starting clutch (such as this stylishly unique gem by Rochas ). 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.

Ready to get your holiday party look together? Get a head start by purchasing the items in this post below.  I also recommend paying a visit to the following online shops for the best in Christmas style:

What will you wear at your Christmas party this year?


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }


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



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?


Salena Mryam

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



great suggestions!!
i take the green dress – my fav color! would wear it with something furry – a mink brooch or a collar made of fur – for a wintery feeling.
now i need a x-mas party…..



I feel I have more than enough clothes…. and no parties to go to haha. So I am fine. For diner with my stepdaughter (first Christmas Day.. she is cooking.. Hurray), I am sure I can find something in my closet.
Besides… financial diet.



Thanks for the recommendations. I have a cocktail party to attend. Will use clothes from my closet using your suggestions for styling dresses and pants with jackets. It’s cold here now so layers are needed!



I love outfit 3. But the skirt is sold out….


Sherry Edwards

My company always chooses a very expensive formal venue. Therefore, we need to dress up a lot more. I wear a long gown with a short bolero type jacket, shiny earrings, necklace, bracelet, ring, clutch and shoes. I usually go for gold for Christmas. I avoid wearing black for a Christmas party. I get my hair done in an up-do and the hairdresser attaches sparkly things into my hair. We stay overnight and the following morning we all get together for breakfast. This idea is more of a challenge because now I need to deal with the morning after look. However, what I do choose to wear is wide legged pants and a gold sparkly top. I need to take my hair down and apart and wash it then I just style it myself.


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