What To Wear To A Holiday Party: Looks for Every RSVP


Winter is right around the corner, nipping at your nose. If you’re anything like us, you’re itching to break out your favorite holiday party looks to celebrate in style. Lucky for you, the season has plenty of entrance-making outfits in store.

Whether you’ll be toasting at work soireés, intimate family dinners or laid-back gift exchanges, we’ve got women’s holiday party outfits primed for every dress code and venue ahead. Scroll to find your party-perfect look, and prepare to break out allll the sparkle and shine. After all, ‘tis the season to look great (and feel even better) in what you wear.

office holiday party outfit for women

What to Wear to an Office Holiday Party

If you’ve returned to the office, chances are you may have a company holiday party invite show up on your calendar. For many, deciding what to wear to a business holiday party can be tricky. On the one hand, you want to maintain a look of professionalism with your co-workers. On the other, you don’t want to dress like you would on any basic workday. That leaves you in the sweet spot right between formal and festive. 

Many companies host their holiday parties at the office. From a post-work event in the conference room to an offsite happy hour, it’s easy to elevate your 9-to-5 look. For your base, you’ll want to stick to the office’s everyday dress code. A tailored jumpsuit or a wide-leg trouser and blouse will take you through the day in style. When 6 o’clock strikes, add show-stopping statement earrings and a velvet blazer for a festive upgrade. If your office vibe is more casual, dress up your denim with a megawatt metallic blouse (silver is right on trend this season). Quickly go from meetings to mingling by swapping out flats for high-shine pumps that’ll stand out on the dance floor. Now you’re ready to par-tay.

Bonus tip: if you’re on the fence about dressing to the nines, it’s always best to err on the side of being overdressed rather than too casual. When in doubt, comparing outfit notes with your work bestie never hurts either. 

holiday dinner party outfit for women

What To Wear To A Holiday Dinner Party

The holidays often mean spending quality time with your nearest and dearest. The intimate at-home gatherings that sprung up everywhere over the past few years are here to stay. If you’ve got a small dinner party on the books this season, don’t shy away from dressing up—a little extra tinsel is always on our sartorial nice list. If you’re wondering what to wear to a holiday party that involves a festive feast, we’ve got you covered. 

Get into the holiday spirit with pants that pop. Try of-the-moment leather pants or coated denim to sleek-ify your look. Up top, a statement sweater decked out in sequins, feathers or jewels brings the drama. Strap-happy heeled sandals and twinkling earrings complete the look. Feeling like something a bit more romantic? You can’t go wrong with a moody floral dress and knee-high boots. Whichever route you go, grab a chic shoulder bag to tote your nightly necessities, and don’t forget a hostess gift. Etiquette is always in style. 

casual holiday party outfit for women

What To Wear To A Casual Holiday Party

From gift exchanges to happy hours, low-key celebrations are bound to come up this season. Luckily, the latest holiday party attire for women has taken a turn toward casual, which means you won’t have to choose between looking festive and feeling comfortable. 

When the goal is effortless yet put-together, the failproof “jeans + a going-out top” combo fits the bill. Start with a great-fitting pair of straight- or wide-leg jeans. Then add a fun top—a silky blouse or a bouclé blazer adds a hit of texture. When it comes to shoes and accessories, this is their time to shine—literally. Reach for glistening platforms or glossy boots, and throw on a pair of tinsel-bright earrings. Sparkles not your thing? A velvet clutch and a holly-red lip are always up for a jolly time. 

formal holiday party outfit for women

What To Wear To A Formal Holiday Party

We love any excuse to get a little fancy, and the season’s swanky NYE soireés and glam holiday galas are the perfect opportunity to pull out all the stops. 

A fun party dress always makes an entrance. Silhouettes featuring bow details, red-hot hues and all-over sequins will earn you a spot on the best dressed list. Is understated-chic more your vibe? Opt for a silky slip in a rich, wintry hue like chocolate brown, emerald green or deep merlot. Chilly December evenings call for toasty layers, so don’t forget an elegant topper before you head out for the night. Here’s your opportunity to shake up your cocktail attire with luxe textures—a faux fur jacket or crushed velvet blazer looks ultra-decadent and feels great, too. Pull it all together with bold, statement earrings, a sleek metallic clutch and—totally optional but always recommended—a glass of something bubbly. Cheers!


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