15 outfit ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas parties that will have you looking chic but feeling comfortable.
Dressing for the holidays can be tricky: It’s all about looking fashionable, but not too fussy. Glamorous while being a bit gluttonous.
Bonus points if you can snag something versatile enough to see you through the countless soirees on the horizon.
Here are festive outfit ideas to help inspire your holiday dressing, from Thanksgiving just around the corner, to Christmas parties and New Year’s Eve looming on the horizon.
Chic and cozy
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If there’s one rule when it comes to big-meal dressing, it’s to keep it comfy.
A gorgeous knit dress will get you through an array of casual gatherings. The slimming, midi-length Moth Turtleneck Sweater Dress ($148 at Anthropologie) is a cozy and versatile piece that will become a wardrobe workhorse over the holidays.
Wrap up in an oversized, chunky-knit sweater, paired with jeans and suede over-the-knee-boots, for a look that’s luxe and forgiving. The Ivanka Trump Livi Faux Suede Over the Knee Boot ($110 at Nordstrom) in taupe is polished and ultra-comfy.
Not only is a long-sleeve maxi dress a hot style fall, it also guarantees you’ll look chic with minimal effort. The bohemian-influenced Zara Printed Long Sleeve Maxi Dress ($169) has an on-trend tie neck and beautiful dark floral print. Pair it with stacked booties, and you’re ready for dinner.
Desk to dinner
The holidays can get manic, with weeknight events popping up left and right. Make things easier on yourself with some new office-to-party outfits.
A traditional print dress, such as the Zara Herringbone Dress ($70), can be paired with a blazer and boots for work and dressed up with sparkly accessories and pointed-toe pumps for evening.
The textured crepe Madewell Sloan Jumpsuit ($138) in dark cabernet is polished and professional when paired with low heels. For a more festive look, dress up the autumnal hue with your favorite statement necklace and strappy heels.
Cropped pants, such as the BR Monogram Pleated Wide-Leg Crop ($98 at Banana Republic), have professional polish but are interesting enough to carry a party look. Complement the flattering wide leg with a pair of head-cranking heels, like the Topshop Genie Lace-Up Pump ($85 at Nordstrom).
A sophisticated blazer is ideal for cool evenings. Try the textured Uniqlo Carine Soft Wool Jacket ($130 at Uniqlo, Bellevue), which has a long line that hits below the hip. Pair it with slim pants and pointed-toe flats for a sharp, modern look.
If your office is fashion forward, go for a pop of pattern. Top off an all-black ensemble with a statement coat, such as the Hoss Intropia Geoplay Kimono Cardi ($298 at Anthropologie), which has a graphic print and textured finish.
A formal affair
Some events call for something a little more formal. The midi-length Zara Lace Dress ($100) is fitted through the bodice with a pleated faux-leather skirt that’s made for a night out. Pair it with leather high-heeled boots and plenty of gold accessories for an edgy but classic look.
Lace-up sandals are a hot trend — and a hot look. The Vince Camuto Sandria Lace Up Peep Toe Sandal ($129 at Nordstrom) adds wow to any outfit in soft suede, with sweeping laces that tie at the ankle to secure a stylish fit.
If you like the loose look, consider the Babaton Dael Dress ($145 at Aritzia, Bellevue), which is cut from a matte satin in a lustrous green hue for a look that is polished and easy. Pockets make for easy cellphone access for selfies with friends and family.
And don’t forget to add a little holiday-inspired embellishment. Try the J.Crew Crystal Burst Earrings ($65) for just the right amount of bling.