The holiday season is in full swing, which likely means your social calendar is filling up—and fast. Between family gatherings, work functions, and celebrations with friends, the upcoming weeks are sure to be some of the merriest (not to mention busiest). With so many festive occasions to attend, it can be tricky to know exactly what to wear to each one. Take the guesswork out of getting dressed this season with these go-to ensembles that are perfect for any and all events in your holiday lineup.
Of all the events you’ll attend this season, the one that requires the most strategic outfit planning is no doubt the annual office bash. As Glamour’s post points out, you want to show off your sartorial skills but need to walk the fine line between festive and professional (bonus points for a look that efficiently transitions from desk-to-party).
For an effortless ensemble that checks off all these boxes and then some, start with a work-friendly tailored blazer in a vibrant hue, such as orange or electric blue, or a softer, earthier tone like blush pink or moss green. Then, mix in prints and textures—a lace skirt, brocade top, or tweed shift dress will lend a touch of embellishment without being too overpowering. Finish with a classic pump and a piece of statement jewelry.
The holidays are all about spending quality time with loved ones. Often, that quality time happens around the dinner table (which is usually filled with all kinds of delicious offerings). If that happens to be the case for you this season, an outfit that is equal parts chic and comfortable is hands down the way to go when it comes to dressing for family gatherings. Those looking for just the right balance can find some festive fashion inspiration at Lyst’s trending collections for a variety of holiday styles.
One such versatile look is the slip dress that was undeniably the must-have piece of the summer season. Thankfully, the slip dress isn’t showing signs of slowing down despite the winter season, making it the perfect option for a more low-key celebration with family. Simply layer your go-to midi with a knit turtleneck and pair with a heeled ankle boot for an easy ensemble that’s ideal for catching up with family.
Night Out with Friends
Whether you’re ringing in the new year or simply getting into the spirit of the season, a night out with friends calls for a spectacular ensemble. After all, as Real Simple’s article notes, why not sparkle just as brightly as the holiday lights in a festive look made for celebrating? For full-on glitz, opt for a shimmery shift dress—the sequins will dazzle while the slip-on-and-go silhouette makes it easy to wear and ensures a classic finish. Pair with a simple strappy heel and minimal accessories to keep your dazzling dress the focal point of your outfit. If subtle shine is more your style, a singular sparkly piece—rather than head-to-toe shimmer—will still provide a festive touch without going overboard.
Pair a metallic skirt with a neutral-hued sweater or feminine blouse for a look that’s equal parts dressy and versatile. Finish with tights and boots for a more casual affair (like a NYE bash at your friend’s place) or heels for a swanky soiree (a multi-course dinner at that new restaurant in town).