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Christmas Party Outfit Ideas

Do you find yourself struggling to create festive outfits for Christmas and holiday get-togethers? If you, like many of us, find this time of year stressful, its a good idea to spend a little time planning festive season outfits, so you can enjoy the parties you go to and remove the stress of having nothing to wear.

Here are ideas to help you plan your Christmas and holiday season party outfits. I also show you outfit ideas, including examples from my wardrobe.

Assess your needs

Before going shopping create a plan:

  1. List Christmas holiday parties and get-togethers you'll be going to. This can be events already in your calender as well as the types of get-togethers that might come up at short notice

  2. Work out exactly what you'll wear to each event. Start by looking at your current wardrobe

  3. Create complete outfits, including shoes, accessories and outer layers

  4. Try on and record the outfits you like. A selfie photo is the easiest way to do this

Consider your options

If you don't have anything that makes you feel great, but you don't want to buy a whole new outfit:

  • Try re-styling -- can you combine separates and accessessories in a different combination to make it feel more stylish, contemporary and festive?

  • Accessorize -- add a bold necklace or scarf that has a seasonal feel. For example: something shiny or sparkly; something in a metallic, green and/or red. Layer 2 or more necklaces that have similar colors or a similar 'theme' or 'look' to create more of a statement. If you don't have something suitable already this is usually an easy, cost-effective way of making an existing outfit feel like new.

  • Add a festive top -- if you still can't find anything suitable in your wardrobe identify the bottoms you'd like to wear then buy a new top. You might find this easier (and more cost effective) than buying a dress when you're feeling stressed!

  • Use a current trend to update a look. Use my trend watch articles (pick your hemisphere and season from that link) to update your trend knowledge
christmas party outfit ideas

Examples of current trends that add a festive feel to an outfit

Smart casual Christmas party outfit ideas

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Although these outfits use items from winter collections the ideas can easily be adapted for summer

If you don't like showing your upper arms, or you want to add more warmth, try adding a 3/4 sleeve or full length fine knit, or mesh top, in a tone of the top colour. Or,if you don't have a sleeve style you want to display, simply add an outer layer of a dressy cardigan or softly tailored jacket.

Choose a heel height you're comfortable in, especially if you know you'll be standing for most of the event, but try and make the style a bit dressy, as shown.

Keep it simple. For example, create a monotone outfit from items you already have and simply add one focal point, such as a statement necklace or earrings. Or add one item in an opulent fabric.

Christmas party outfit ideas from my own wardrobe

This year I'll be wearing...

Christmas party outfit ideas 2018

These are my new-favourite pants! Loving this clashing print combo. Prints linked by color.

Christmas party outfit ideas 2018

As you can tell, I'm loving the dominance of leopard prints this season!

Christmas party outfit ideas 2018

If Christmas day is cooler, I'll wear this dress.

Christmas party outfits from previous years

I'm still wearing and loving many of these outfits from previous years:

Christmas party outfit ideas 2017

A kimono dresses up a monotone outfit

Christmas party outfit ideas 2017

Texture & fun statement earrings feel playful and say dress-up to me

Christmas party outfit ideas 2017

Red, florals and lace = on-trend and festive

Christmas party outfit ideas 2017

Another way to style this top

Christmas party outfit ideas 2017

A 3rd way to style this top

Christmas party outfit ideas 2017

Green and gold outfit. I wore this on Christmas eve 2016.

christmas party outfit ideas 2016

Another holiday season outfit idea. These wide leg pants are still very much on trend.

I make sure I wear outfits on different occasions. For example, I won't wear the same thing I wore on a previous Christmas Day, or New Years Eve for the same day on subsequent years. And for the outfits below, I'll make them feel fresh again by changing the accessories.

Christmas party outfit ideas recycled

Christmas day outfit 2015.
This year I'll style it with the gold sling back shoes (see right), yellow pom-pom earrings (in a photo above), and a simple gold pendant necklace

Christmas party outfit ideas green

Christmas eve garden party 2015.
This year I'll wear it without the tank underneath, red sandals, red clutch, and a red necklace and earrings (all in my wardrobe already)

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