What to Wear to All Your Holiday Parties.

What to Wear to All Your Holiday Parties

The holiday season is almost here! I am so excited for all of the parties and gatherings… and with that, the best part: figuring out what to wear. Planning your outfits for different parties can feel overwhelming and even take away from the fun of the season, so today I wanted to share a big roundup of outfits for all kinds of holiday parties. And in case you missed it, on Tuesday I shared my big accessories guide.

What To Wear To All Your Holiday Parties!

Casual Holiday Party Outfits

For a more casual holiday party, I would go with a fun top, jeans (or slim fitting black pants), and a great pair of heels. I also think that this evening jacket is so elegant and chic.

Can you wear jeans to a holiday party?

YES! You absolutely can wear jeans to a holiday party, though I think it of course depends on the occasion. I would do a straight cut pair of denim with any of the tops below (or the velvet blazer that I showed under the office party outfit ideas) Just add a great pair of heels (lots of ideas in this post!)

Office Holiday Party Outfits

For an office party, I’d keep things really streamlined and simple. A shift dress in black (or red like this one, if you’re feeling festive). Tailored pants, a camisole, and a fun cardigan. I love the idea of doing a velvet suit too. Stick to a deeper hue to keep things professional, how dreamy is this Veronica Beard blazer and trouser set? It’s a splurge so I linked to a great J.Crew option too!

Creative Holiday Party Outfits

I love the idea of having a little bit of fun here. A feathered heel, a sequin jogger… now is the time to break out a statement piece (or two!). I cannot get over this sequin fringe skirt… what a brilliant idea. With the sequin pants and skirts I love the idea of pairing them with a tonal sweater or top in a fuzzy material. Something like this fuzzy sweater from Toteme (bought this last year and it’s still a fav… LOVE!). Speaking of fuzzy: how fun are these sandals?! I love them and now they come in so many good colors (partial to the chartreuse!)

Dress for Holiday Parties
16Arlington Dress, Jenny Cipoletti Shoes

Cocktail Party Outfits

You know I LOVE a cocktail dress! There are so many wonderful options out there right now. Velvet dresses are especially great this time of year. They feel a little extra special and festive.. and, they’re warm, to boot. If I need to stay warm, velvet is the answer. I especially love this black velvet dress!

When you’re the one hostessing

When you’re the one planning the party, you get to decide on the dress code! I personally want to be as comfortable as possible here, and love the idea of a dramatic kaftan. This solid black kaftan is (for me) a wardrobe staple. I’ve been buying a lot more black dresses this year and this is a classic. It’s easy and elegant and you can dress it up or down! On the splurgier side, I love everything Taller Marmo is doing. The fringe! The feathers! It’s beyond. I own this yellow fringe dress from them and while I do feel a bit like big bird (hey, it’s not for everyone!), it is so much fun to wear.

Also on the kaftan front, Teggy French has a little shop of kaftans – I haven’t personally bought one (yet) but they look like the perfect hostess gown. My personal fav from her shop is the gold shimmer fabric. And on the very affordable front, I think this Amazon kaftan could be great. It’s basically a canvas for amazing accessories. Just be sure to wear a slip (I have and love this one) as the fabric is probably not the greatest quality.

Formal Holiday Party Outfits

I live for a formal holiday party and sadly I don’t think I have any coming up this year! Here are a few dresses I would be snapping up if I had a fancier party to attend.

When you want to stay warm

Here in Charleston, the velvet blazer or evening coat from above would be the perfect topper. But if I were back in New York I would probably do a simple camel coat or a teddy coat like this one, and add black tights (these are my favorite) under my dress. I really like how black tights look with platform sandals. You could have a little more fun though, below are some party perfect toppers!

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  1. Kristin:

    Love this post, so many fun options! Which stickies/bra sitch would you recommend for the green criss cross dress???

    11.10.22 Reply
    • grace at the stripe:

      I skipped a bra with this dress. A little risque but the top is pretty tight so it was fine. These things are great too: https://amzn.to/3fOXIF7

      11.10.22 Reply
  2. mary:

    When you say you love tights with platform sandals, do you mean open or closed toe? I’m trying to figure out what works. Thanks.

    Love this post. I am ready for sparkle!

    11.10.22 Reply
    • grace at the stripe:

      Honestly, I do either! As long as the tights are suuuuuper opaque (love the Express ones) I think it works!

      11.10.22 Reply
  3. Linda:

    ALL THE “DREAMY” OUTFITS ARE NIGHTMARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the ruffles and nerve-jarring colors!!
    TGFJ!!!! (Thank God for Jeans!!) I’m 72 & wear them with short boots in several colors & heel heights. My faves are red & animal print! Life is too short to wear ugly shoes!!! Summer finds me in flip-flops and sandals!
    I am a diva & do not buy “matchy-matchy”. Love my dresses!! SUN DRESSES for summer!
    And, my winter coat “wardrobe” will ALWAYS include fur. A long white one, a red one & a couple machine washable light jackets get me through. Western Pa. winters are changeable & I’m ready for anything!

    11.11.22 Reply