Christmas party season is upon us, bringing with it the hustle and bustle of shopping, cooking, and connecting with family and friends. While you’re in the midst of all the festive chaos, take a moment to plan your holiday outfits.
This is the time of the year when the shops are exploding with everything sparkles and shimmering. But, there are lots of options for dressing up – and they don’t have to be head-to-toe sequins.
Here are some inspirations for Christmas party outfits to help get your wheels turning.
Redefining Holiday Style
Whether you want to go all-out glam or keep things more subtle before you even think about buying something new, schedule time to visit your closet and start pulling out pieces you’ve previously worn. Clothes are meant to be re-styled, so eliminate the added pressure to wear something new.
Pair fancy separates with different tops, bottoms, blazers, kimonos, shrugs, and accessories. If wearing your existing pieces is not an option, consider renting. There are plenty of clothing rental services that can help you round out your closet, without the long-term commitment.
Renting is also a way to try pieces that are typically outside your comfort zone. The idea is that you’re saving both money and yourself from the rampant swathe of fast fashion shop-and-ditch mentality by being able to access luxury fashion pieces at a fraction of the retail price, albeit for a short period.
Breaking Away from Tradition
When envisioning holiday fashions, thoughts of velvet, sheer materials, and sequins often come to mind, along with the classic colours of red, green, and metallics. While these textures and hues are timeless, adding an avant-garde touch to your outfits will ensure that you make a memorable style statement.
Bold and contrasting colours create a visually stunning look that ensures you steal the spotlight
Say farewell to the traditional holiday colour palette and choose rich purples, vibrant hot pinks, or bold blues. These unexpected choices will instantly set you apart. To maximize impact, experiment with unusual colour pairings. For example, top a burgundy dress with a mustard yellow blazer or combine an eggplant-coloured pencil skirt with a periwinkle top. Bold and contrasting colours create a visually stunning look that ensures you steal the spotlight.
Cultural Storytelling Through Prints and Patterns
If you have a penchant for prints and patterns, consider embracing polka dots or stripes. Explore plaids in nontraditional holiday colours and pay homage to your cultural background through fabric selections and style choices. Whether you go all out with a culturally rich outfit or simply incorporate a few strategic accents, your ensemble tells a unique story.
Beyond the Little Black Dress
Choose striking colours like midnight blue or winter white to exude confidence and sophistication.
You can’t go wrong with a little black dress but consider expanding your style choices and elevating your holiday look with a pantsuit. Layer a bustier or camisole underneath to make it more “holiday” and less “office.” Choose striking colours like midnight blue or winter white to exude confidence and sophistication. Luxe fabrics such as satin or silk, styles incorporating feathers or other embellishments, and sparkly accessories can add that extra special touch.
For more relaxed dress codes, redefine casual glamour with elevated denim. Tailored jeans paired with a festive camisole or statement t-shirt, a well-fitted blazer, and great footwear create a powerful yet effortlessly chic look that exudes refinement and comfort. Sequins or velvet leggings worn with an oversized sweater will exude a laid-back yet luxurious charm.
Traditional Colors and Fabrics with a Twist
Even for traditionalists, the holiday season is an ideal time to experiment with creative styling. Pair holiday and “non-holiday” colours, such as red with hot pink or black with navy or brown. Complete your outfits with accessories that include sparkle, shimmer, and shine. Amp up the festive factor by embracing holiday-themed jewellery and accents like a cool brooch, fun earrings, or festive socks.
Include metallic accents in unexpected places
The holidays are the perfect time to infuse shimmer and shine into your outfits. Silver is currently trending, and you see it everywhere. Add a twist and pair it with yellow or rose gold for a bold fashion statement. This act of fashion rebellion will add an unexpected touch of edge to your look. For a more understated metallic look, consider a monochromatic palette in neutral colours like camel, winter white, grey, black, or beige. Include metallic accents in unexpected places, such as metallic-threaded accessories or a shimmering metallic camisole paired with tailored trousers. This minimalist take on sparkle adds a touch of modern elegance.
For a multidimensional look, experiment with texture combinations such as velvet and sheer fabric, leather and denim, or velvet and sequins. Have fun by pairing a fancy item with a casual piece—wear a velvet or tulle ball skirt with a fitted t-shirt, top it with denim or leather blazer or shrug, and amp up the cool factor with combat boots or stylish sneakers.
Try choosing avant-garde silhouettes that defy expectations. Consider oversized styles, asymmetrical cuts, wide-legged trousers, or structured blazers with unique details. These sculptural elements will add a touch of flair to your holiday outfits.
Relax and Have fun
With a little creativity and planning, you can be fabulous consistently this holiday season. The holidays can be a stressful time, but maintaining perspective is crucial.
If your holiday style has traditionally been a source of stress, try shifting your mindset. Looking festive and fabulous adds to the joy and happiness associated with the holidays. Consider adding a touch of adventure to your style this season — but remember to start planning now. Great outfits can add to a memorable holiday season filled with style and grace.