What to Wear To Holiday Parties

‘Tis the season to pull out your finery and enjoy some holiday merriment. But what’s appropriate for different situations, and how can you look good when your style is bigger than your budget? Here are some guidelines on what to wear to parties:

Cocktail dress Cocktail Party

Cocktail parties call for cocktail attire, which typically means a knee length dress with some sparkle that shows a little skin. Heels and an evening bag are appropriate, as are evening hair and makeup. If it’s chilly where you’re at, don’t forget an evening wrap.

Dinner dress Dinner Party

Cocktail attire is also appropriate for a formal dinner party – unless it’s black tie. If it’s very formal, opt for an evening gown or evening trousers (like palazzo pants) and a beaded top instead. As with the cocktail attire, evening hair, makeup, accessories, and wrap are all appropriate.

Office Party Office Party

Many holiday office parties call for cocktail attire. If you’re going to the office party straight from work, wear clothes to work that you can upgrade to cocktail attire by switching the accessories, like a simple sheath, or by “going glam” with your business suit. But keep it modest. You still have to work with these people come Monday.

Potluck Party Potluck Party

These are popular with family and friends and gives everyone a chance to visit and sample each other’s cooking. They’re typically not as formal as cocktail or dinner parties, but a little festive attire is appropriate. Try nice trousers with a beaded or evening top, or even a season-appropriate maxi dress with an updo and bright lipstick.

Tea Party Tea Party

Often staged at upscale hotels and resorts and featuring Santa Claus as the guest of honor, tea parties are favorites of the under-10 crowd. Dress your little ones – and yourself – in your Sunday best and have fun. Children are what makes the season magical.

So what can you do if you have several invitations this year but only one good cocktail dress to wear to all of them? You can do two things:

Change up the accessories for a new look Change Accessories

Wearing different accessories can make the “same old, same old” look completely different. Instead of going with the standard all black with your LBD, for example, try all red, green, or silver accessories instead. Wear your hair differently. Add a sequin jacket. Try a long string of pearls.

Try Different Combinations

Do you always wear the black lace blouse with the black crepe skirt for the holidays? Try a different skirt. Or a bright, sparkly top. Or cream pants. Just because you bought pieces together doesn’t mean you ALWAYS have to wear them together. Mix them up for variety – and get more wear out of all your pieces.

Whatever you do, don’t fret over what to wear to holiday parties this year. You have plenty of options. Just get creative, shop in your own closet, and don’t make it more complicated than it is.  Have a great time!

All clothing courtesy of StyleBop

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