What to Wear to Every Holiday Party

Between the office parties, dinner parties, and festive nights out (we see you, New Year’s Eve), there are plenty of reasons to get dressed up in December. Translation: Your little black dress is going to need reinforcements. Whether you establish a perfect outfit for every party on your agenda, or pick and choose one or two new, game-changing pieces is up to you. Luckily, we’ve got an option for every type of gathering this magical month serves up. Here is a look at our top 10 party pieces of the season and where they’ll take you as day turns to night. Find something that suits your style then RSVP yes, yes, yes.

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The Dinner Party Top

All eyes on you.

Nothing against stilettos, but when you’re spending 90% of your time seated at a table, it’s a statement neckline FTW. We love the shiny rose gold color of this top and the Carrie Bradshaw-esque floral detail that’ll call attention to your neck and shoulders as you get to know your table-mates.

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The Office Party Sheath

Make a statement.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look sexy at your office Christmas party (especially if you’ve got a steamy work crush), but it’s important to keep things on the right side of festive. Enter: the body-con mini dress. It shows off your curves in the most sophisticated way, whether you’re the woman in charge or a recent college grad.

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The Party-Hopping Jumpsuit

One and done.

Need a party outfit that can move from work cocktails to a crowded bar and beyond? Say hello to your new best friend; the going-out jumpsuit. Add a fuzzy coat or leather jacket if you need to cover up a bit, then show off the plunging neckline and spaghetti straps once things heat up later that night. Simple as that.

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The Winter Wedding Gown

Elegance with a racy twist.

An elegant holiday-season wedding calls for a dramatic gown in a luxe fabric. If it’s the sort of fete that warrants a striking black sheath, our velvet and lace-adorned option is your express ticket to “um, who’s that?” town. Adjust the thigh-baring split, hosiery, and heels to suit the bride’s style and then get ready to hit the dance floor.

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The Date Night Dress

Rub shoulders with your +1.

The only thing better than this sweet crushed velvet dress is this sweet crushed velvet dress drenched in romantic Italian-restaurant candlelight. Seriously, no cult-loved contour kit will make you glow like this combo can. Amp up the natural texture of your hair for an even sultrier vibe.

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The Cocktail Party Blouse

Liven up the small talk.

As much as we love dresses sometimes you’re just craving something a little less expected. This romantic sheer lace blouse is just the thing. Wear it with slim black jeans and high-heel ankle boots and you’ll convey just the right kind of sophistication and intrigue for an art opening or fashion party. Bonus points if you find an excuse to tell an animated story—show off those sleeves, girl.

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The House Party Mini Skirt

Get noticed from all the way across the room.

Whether you rock this floral number with a sophisticated black turtleneck, cozy chunky sweater, or your favorite band tee, you’re guaranteed to turn a few heads. We especially love it with high heel ankle boots for a bad-girl look that’s perfect for a club or rowdy house party.

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The Meet-the-Parents Shift

Show them you’ve got nothing up your sleeve.  

This dress is for the other type of house party. The one involving parents, polite conversation, and you and your date sitting a safe distance from one another. For those moments, a bold-color, bold-sleeve shift dress hits just the right note. It’s respectfully conservative without being too serious or boring. Someone break out the charades!

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The GNO Sequin Pants

This is your Diana Ross moment.

Plan to laugh the night away with your best girls? You need an outfit that’s as fun as they are. You need sequin pants, ladies. Keep it simple with a black top and heels or go full-on ‘70s Diana Ross with a faux-fur jacket and big earrings. It depends on where you’re headed—and how good your get-ready playlist happens to be that night.

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The New Year’s Eve Mini

Be your own sparkler.

The last and most fabulous night of the year calls for a little sparkle or shine, and this cutout mini dress has “dance floor” written all over it. Layer it with your coolest jacket or, for a dramatic finish, dress it up with your best gloss & smokey eye. Then add whatever shoes suit your style. We love a strappy heel but, hey, sneakers work too. Anything goes on New Year’s Eve.