It’s that time of year again when a scroll through your diary makes you look like a professional partygoer. A pub lunch here, a carol concert there, a couple of work parties and before you know it, you’re all booked up. We’re not complaining, though. The festive party season is the best excuse to go all-out when it comes to dressing up. Sparkly earrings and platform sandals? Sure. Metallic gold boots for lunch? Why the hell not? Top it all off with glitter manicures and a blow-dry, and we’re glad of the opportunity to indulge our inner glamourpuss.
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Of course, while it’s all rather exciting, each individual event requires a different event. Fear not, though—we’re here to help. From a cocktail party to a knees-up with friends, we’ve sought inspiration from some of the most stylish ladies on the party circuit for original styling ideas that won’t see you turn up to an event sporting the same look as another guest. So sit back, consult that calendar and scroll through the gallery below for the seven Christmas party outfit ideas you’ll need.
An open house party
Style Notes: Home-held gatherings often call for more relaxed dress codes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make an effort. Try a chic jacket over a silk skirt and a pair of velvet shoes that will be the talk of the party.
You’ll wear these beauties all the time.
A night at the pub
Style Notes: This look is exactly what we’d want to wear to hang out with our friends: playful, cosy and ready for anything. Plus, the festive green jumper really helps to nail the Christmas spirit.
Festive lunch date
Style Notes: Weekend day event you’re not sure how to dress for? Go for something gold (hey, you still want to be in the festive spirit) and just add boots.
The Work Party
Style Notes: It’s a simple formula—sophisticated dress and smart coat—and one that works so perfectly for a serious gathering like a work party. Throw on a pair of statement earrings to differentiate it from your usual Monday-to-Friday look.
Set the tone in this fun dress from Rixo.
The Black-Tie Soirée
Style Notes: Olivia Palermo’s lace look is everything. Edgy and showstopping, it’s cool without trying too hard. Tear up the rule book for your Christmas event and try wearing smart flats with your LBD.
So, so fun.
Style Notes: Got drinks in your schedule after a long day at the office? Don’t pack two outfits to work—look to bold trousers and a bright top to take a professional ensemble into evening territory.
Corduroy and red? Oh, hello.
Style Notes: Who says you have to wear an LBD to make an impression at a cocktail party? Instead, do a frilly blouse and leather trousers for a super-cool ensemble. Add a pair of oversized earrings and you’re all set.