Are you wondering what to wear for a Christmas party? Then you’ve definitely come to the right place. Below, you’ll find 11 beautiful Christmas party outfits to make sure you’re never stuck when it comes to ideas on how to dress for a Christmas party.
There are plenty of Christmas party outfits to choose from – whether you’re able to see friends and loved ones this year, or you just want to make a small occasion at home more special…
What to wear to a Christmas party: What to consider
Before we get into lots of lovely Christmas party outfit inspiration, here are a few things to consider when choosing your party outfit this year.
How formal is your event?
What kind of party are you attending? Is it a laid back affair with friends and family, or a more formal event? Is there a dress code you need to adhere to?
Petra (above) wears a beautiful outfit featuring a textural skirt which could be dressed up or down to suit the occasion.
Will your outfit choice make you feel confident?
Does you outfit make you feel good? A dress can be the most incredible designer creation, but if you don’t feel good in it, there’s no point in buying it.
Think about the parts of your body you are happy with and what you want to cover up.
For example, do you feel more confident in a dress with sleeves? Do you want a dress with ruching to hide your tummy? Are you happy to show off your legs, your shoulders or a little bit of your back?
Do you want to stand out or fit in?
What kind of impression do you want to create when you walk into the party? Do you want to fit in or stand out.
For example, there are likely to be a lot of little black dresses at any party.
Do you want to wear your own version, or would you like to wear something different in a bright color, or opt for a tuxedo suit, for example.
Michelle (above) chooses an oversized double-breasted blazer and keeps her pants slimline to create a balanced silhouette.
Christmas outfits inspiration
Hopefully that’s got you thinking about what you want to wear for the upcoming festive season.
Now, for some Christmas party outfit inspiration. Let me know in the comments at the bottom what Christmas party outfit you will be wearing.
Party dresses – outfit #1: Red
Red is a great color for women over 40. It is an especially popular option at holiday time, for obvious reasons.
When red is also a trend, as it is this season, it is even easier to find the right piece for the occasion.
Whatever type of coloring you have, there is a red that is right for you.
Check out this piece on the best color trends for fall 2020 for some stylish scarlet red looks. If you’re leaning more towards fuchsia or pink, then that will work too.
Erica (above) looks stunning in her red sweater dress and taupe boots.
Red looks beautiful when worn with tan or with crisp winter white and black. Add some festive flair to your outfit by with some crystal embellishments or faux fur.
For more ideas be sure to check out our article on stunning Christmas dresses.
Christmas party jumpsuits – inspiration #2: Jumpsuits
I know, there’s always the obvious issue with jumpsuits. But, so long as you make sure you can easily unfasten your own jumpsuit without help, you should be fine even when nature calls.
You could opt to feature red with a bright jumpsuit, or go for a classic neutral shade such as navy, which would look lovely teamed with metallics.
Another option is to choose a little black jumpsuit instead of a little black dress, and combine with crisp winter white. Jumpsuits can be equally as glamorous as a long dress.
Emma (above) opts for a one-shouldered red jumpsuit and accessorizes with leopard print.
Party dresses for women – outfit #3: A little black dress
A great little black dress can literally take you anywhere, and the great thing about it is you can change up your accessories year after year to make it look completely different each party season.
There is a reason black has remained a popular color for the evenings over the century. Darker colors are less memorable and so we can wear them much more frequently.
You can choose a dress which is flattering, yet understated and add interest with your outerwear, shoes and accessories.
Use your accessories to up your game. A statement necklace or earrings will add further glamour.
Christmas party attire #4: Velvet
Velvet is a sure bet for almost any holiday event, and it is particularly big right now, so it’s fairly easy to find something in velvet that is right for you.
Velvet can be extremely versatile. You can choose a velvet dress, top, or velvet pants like those in the outfit idea below.
Wearing velvet with jeans or wide-leg pants brings a luxe touch to a casual outfit.
Elena (above) chooses rust colored velvet and teams with white accessories.
Vince band collar silk blouse – Lauren Ralph Lauren wool blend coat – AG high waist velvet crop wide leg pants – Steve Madden ankle strap sandals – Kurt Geiger London stripe envelope clutch – Vince Camuto lariat necklace – Kate Spade New York stud earrings
Christmas party tops – outfit #5: Embellishment
A fun trend lately is pearls or crysals, embellishing everything from hats to gloves to shoes.
They’re also big on jeans. If you’re looking for a way to dress casually for a holiday event but still keep it festive, you could try pearl-embellished denim or a top with crystals worn with jeans or pants.
An outfit featuring a beautifully-embellished top and jeans or pants could get your ready for a more casual get-together.
Christmas party outfit #6: Metallics
Christmas is often associated with sparkling lights and shiny baubles.
To make sure you don’t look like Christmas tinsel, opt for sophisticated metallic pieces which will not only add some shine to your outfit, but also a touch of class.
Go bold with a metallic dress. Metallics could also provide you with the perfect way to update your little black dress. Simply pop a metallic bolero over the top and you are ready to go.
There is more inspiration in this piece on the best boleros and shrugs to wear over your party dress.
Also take a look at the best dresses with sleeves.
Christmas party outfits #7: Sequins
Another shiny option for the festive season; anything with sequins always looks beautiful at Christmas time.
Sequin skirts and pants are particularly on trend, and can be dressed up even more with a camisole top or silk shirt, or given a more casual vibe with a sweater.
One of my favorite looks at the moment is to wear a sequin skirt with a cozy sweater. Or, you could opt for full-on sequins with a sequin suit that you can also wear as separates.
Kim (above) opts for a stylish combination of sequins and satin.
Chelsea28 sequin blazer – Chelsea28 sequin paperbag wait pants – Chelsea28 raw edge tank – Steve Madden ankle strap sandals – Kurt Geiger London stripe envelope clutch – BaubleBar tassel statement earrings
Christmas attire #8: Pastels
Wearing light pastels is an unusual and eye-catching approach to holiday dressing and can definitely be a talking point.
This season, pale pinks and lilacs are particularly in style. Wear with blacks to keep your outfit seasonally appropriate.
But your dark top doesn’t have to be black: you could also consider deep plum, navy, chocolate brown or a classy charcoal?
Adding a lighter party skirt gives you contrast and makes statement.
Eliza J ruched sleeve blazer – Chelsea28 raw edge tank – Endless Rose metallic skirt – CC Corso Como ankle strap pump – Kurt Geiger London stripe envelope clutch – Vince Camuto lariat necklace – BaubleBar tassel statement earrings
Christmas party outfit #9: Lace
Another fabric, like velvet, which screams party, lace can be worn in a formal or casual way.
You could choose a lace dress for a formal party or dinner, or a lace top to wear with pants or jeans if you want a more casual look for a family lunch.
You could wear an outfit in a similar color pathway but opt for pants with a lace top and a pair of red wide-leg pants which will make a statement.
Karen (above) chooses a party outfit in pastel shades, but you could also opt for darker hues for Christmas.
Christmas party outfit #10: A menswear inspired suit
You don’t have to wear a dress for the party season. A tuxedo can make you stand out from the crowd. Opt for feminine accessories to combine masculine and feminine.
Party dresses for women – outfit #11: A floor length maxi
Of course, if you want to up the glamour, then a floor-length maxi gown will always make an extra-special statement.
Zanne (above) opts for a 1920s-inspired sequin maxi dress worn with faux fur.
Below, you can see some of the party outfit options from above together in one capsule. You can see you could mix and match the items to create lots of different looks during the festive season so you should never be short of inspiration when thinking about how to dress for a Christmas party.
For example, you could wear the lace top any of the other bottoms featured. Or, you could wear the sequin blazer over the jumpsuit or maxi dress.
More how to dress for a Christmas party outfit inspiration for you
Below is a past season party outfit capsule. But you can see that the looks are timeless and you could still take inspiration from this to put your outfits together this season.
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
When it comes to putting together a party outfit, don’t forget that the little things can make a big difference. So be sure to accessorize.
New Year is just around the corner so you may want to check out are outfit ideas for NYE!
Accessories to wear to your Christmas party
Now is a time to be brave with your accessories.
You can wear the same dress that you have worn to half a dozen parties and make it look totally different with the accessories you choose.
If you’re looking for inspiration take a look at the accessory trends this season.
How to dress for a Christmas party: The shoes you choose
Just as with your jewelry and accessories, your shoes can make or break an outfit when you are thinking about how to dress for a Christmas party.
This could be time to wear heels, but if you find them uncomfortable, there are plenty of pretty flats to choose from.
Flats with a pointed toe or with embellishment will be particularly party-appropriate.
Sarah (above) chooses pointed flats with gold detailing to add extra pizzazz to her party outfit.
How to dress for a Christmas party: What will you wear over your party outfit
As well as your party dress, or outfit, you are likely to want to wear a coat, jacket or wrap.
Do you know how to dress for a Christmas party? Have you planned your holiday party and Christmas outfits yet?
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