7 Party Outfit Ideas for All Types of Dress Codes

It’s almost that time of year again when a scroll through your diary makes you look like a professional partygoer. A pub lunch here, a festive cocktail there, a couple of work parties, and before you know it, you’re all booked up. We’re not complaining, though, especially when 2020 was such a flop in terms of festivities, to put it mildly. The Christmas party season really 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 partier. 

Showgoer wears drop sparkle earrings, red knit cardigan, pink metallic trousers.


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Of course, while it’s all rather exciting, each individual event requires a different outfit. 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 six Christmas party outfit ideas you’ll need.

1. A Night at the Pub

Christmas party outfits: Lucy Williams wears All Saints snakeskin coat



Style Notes: A pleated co-ord is the easiest way to create a polished outfit for a more casual occasion, such as a pub meet-up. Just add chunky boots and gold jewellery à la Abi Omole. 

2. Cocktail-Party Separates

Style Notes: For cocktail-party chic this season, we're looking to the '90s and Camille Charrière's silken green co-ord for inspiration. Very Gwyneth. 

3. Festive Lunch Date

Christmas party outfits: Freddie Harrel wears Rixo top and sequin skirt



Style Notes: If sequins and feathers aren't really your thing, then try a printed shirt and colour-pop tailored trousers for a fun, festive lunch-date ensemble. 

Christmas party outfits: Hannah Almassi wears Goat red dress



Style Notes: The work party is always a tricky one to navigate. You want to look smart, stylish and confident all at the same time. We recommend sticking to classic separates: Think tailored trousers and a silken cami top. 

5. Fancy Dinner And Drinks


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Style Notes: The Vampire's Wife is the dress brand every fashion editor is obsessed with this year. For a dinner 'do, opt for one of the brand's metallic styles and pair it with platform sandals. The brand does gorgeous velvet iterations, too.

6. Celebrations With Your BFFs

Christmas party outfits: Slip into Style wears ASOS suit



Style Notes: Heading out for cocktails with your best friends? Take the opportunity to mix it up with an eclectic layered look. Think a white tee with a tulle dress. 

Chrissy Ford wearing white maxi dress and black heels



Style Notes: If the dress code is black-tie then it's time to pull out all stops. With no such think as OTT, more is more is the rule to follow. Keep it sleek, though, and follow a colour palette just like Chrissy in her monochrome ensemble fit for a ball. 

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