How to Dress for Any Christmas Party
Holiday dressing can be confusing. It's already a bit of a challenge for women when it comes to the standard "dressy casual", "black tie", and "black tie optional". Add on dress codes like "festive black tie" or "Christmas casual" and you may be left wondering what on earth to wear.
Simply put, dressy casual attire means you should opt for trousers or a skirt instead of jeans.
If the dress code isn't made clear on the invitation, it's easy if you break it down by the event and location. If it's a holiday party at a restaurant or in someone's home for example, it's fairly casual. Play it safe by going with dressy casual - basically no jeans but not necessarily a dress. Go with something like a skirt or trousers and a blouse.
If the invitation calls for "festive" or "Christmas casual", go with dressy casual but add on some sparkle with a sequin tank or embellished blouse. Then again if it's a friend's party in their home, "festive casual" could very well mean denim and a holiday sweater, so it's best to just clarify with the host.
For "festive black tie", you're required to wear standard black tie (a full-length dress) with a festive touch like a bright color or sparkle. Black tie optional for a Christmas event calls for a dress but doesn't require a full-length gown.You can go with a cocktail dress or your little black dress, but you should add on some festive statement jewelry.
Black tie optional during the holidays can also be a fun time to experiment with non-dress outfits like a fancy jumpsuit or a sequin maxi skirt.
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Corporate events during the holidays can also be a source of confusion when it comes to your wardrobe. Business dressy or business casual are the typical attires for a corporate event. Though during the holidays, you may receive an invite calling for "Christmas Casual". Again, let the setting be your guide. If it's in the office or at a restaurant, you can go with standard dressy casual - slacks or a skirt with a nice blouse and add on some lace, holiday sparkle, or a bright red top. You can also let your typical office dress code be your guide. If you have to wear dresses and slacks to work, then you should stick with that for an office party.
Dressing for an office party really boils down to what would be considered appropriate in the office.
If your office allows for denim, you could get away with skinnies, pumps, and a nice blouse or blazer for a "Christmas Casual" office party. And just like anything you would wear to work, any kind of dressy or dressy casual attire for a work event should uphold a sense of modesty. Avoid anything too short or low cut. For a modest and professional but festive holiday look, pair a white button-down shirt with a sequin blazer and black trousers or wear a bright red sheath dress.
Pictured Above: Bailey 44 Floating Gems Dress via Anthropologie / Nomad by Morgan Carper Draped Garnet Jumpsuit via Anthropologie / Yoana Boraschi Blossomed Aubrieta Skirt via Anthropologie
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