Imagine this: Glasses of champagne are overflowing and hors d’oeuvres are floating around on silver platters, all while a cacophony of chatter fills the air. What scene are we painting? Holiday parties, of course. Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again, and although we’re beyond thrilled at the prospect of sipping on bubbly and indulging in delicious charcuterie spreads, we’re even more excited about what we’ll be wearing.
That said, we know there’s a lot of pressure that comes along with choosing the perfect holiday ensemble. Making a statement is key, and let’s face it, we all want to be the best dressed in the room.
Below, you’ll discover 10 editor-approved holiday party outfits. Whether you prefer to slip into a bold form-fitting dress, or you’re more of a suit set kind of gal, there’s something for everyone but especially for those who want to be the life of the party.
The Striking Red Outfit
“I fell in love with this red halter dress the moment I saw it. With a shade this striking, I can’t help but make it the entire palette—so red spinel stud earrings and a coordinating Prada bag are exactly what I’ll pair with it.” —Halie LeSavage, fashion commerce editor
The Versatile Outfit
“For the holidays, I like to keep things festive yet elegant. That means dramatic maxi lengths, modern pearls, and minimal accessories I can wear beyond party season. This asymmetrical dress from Holzweiler is so special because it drapes beautifully and moves with such grace, the earrings from Persée add an edgy and unexpected cool factor, the classic strappy sandals from Saint Laurent are versatile for everyday wear, and this baguette bag from the Row truly does take me from day to night.” —Minna Shim, Shop Bazaar senior content & social media editor
The Perfectly Tailored Outfit
“Since I’m not always in the mood to wear a dress during the holiday season, I like to keep well-tailored suit waiting in the wings, just in case. Derek Lam 10 Crosby’s velveteen Balton Single Breasted Blazer and matching Blake Flare Trousers always make me feel more sophisticated and pulled together, especially since they feature a rust brown color that’s perfect for the season. Plus, stylish accessories, like Marie Lichtenberg’s Check Locket Chain Necklace, and a pair of satin pointy toe pumps from Victoria Beckham, make it easy to complete the look.” —Tiffany Dodson, associate beauty commerce editor
The Staple-Based Outfit
“My favorite way to make year-round staples feel festive is by paring them with shiny accessories. I usually start with a foolproof cocktail outfit, like this satin Bottega Veneta top (the neckline feels sexy without being too revealing) and Cara Cara velvet skirt, which elevate an all-black ensemble because of the combination of textures. As a finishing touch, I’ll throw on gorgeous Saboo Fine Jewels emerald diamond earrings and Loeffler Randal rhinestone-embellished heeled sandals for an elegant twist on holiday sparkle.” —Katie Intner, associate beauty editor
The Minimalist Outfit
If you’re a minimalist who prefers a classy ensemble, this outfit was made for you. Keep things simple with shades of cream and hints of gold. With such a timeless look, you’ll have these pieces for years to come.
The Celestial-Themed Outfit
Proenza Schouler’s knit maxi dress is crafted from a midnight blue fabric adorned with silver sequins, which reminds us of the beauty of the cosmos. Not to mention Anita Somahaji’s starlight diamond earrings, DRD’s gleaming necklace, and Sophia Webster’s crystal sandals play right into the theme.
The Dramatic LBD Outfit
“I’m always game for a LBD at the holidays. This one takes things in a more dramatic, Old Hollywood direction with all-over sequins and exaggerated shoulders. To keep all eyes on the dress, I’ll opt for simple, color coordinating accessories including YSL’s wallet, patent leather pumps and huggie earrings.” —Halie LeSavage, fashion commerce editor
The Sexy Yet Sophisticated Outfit
“There’s no way wearing a little black dress can be boring when it’s this cut out version from Galvan London. Equal parts sexy and sophisticated, its side slit shows just the right amount of leg without doing too much. And when paired with a timeless leather Jacquemus bag, bedazzled, open-toe patent leather heels from By Far and Gump’s diamond and sterling silver link earrings, it’s a monochromatic holiday outfit that seamlessly knocks it out of the park.” —Tiffany Dodson, associate beauty commerce editor
The Pretty in Pink Outfit
Pink may not be a traditional holiday color but this Lapointe sequin dress is perfect for any festive occasion. In addition to its gorgeous shimmering shade, the form-fitting silhouette will surely turn heads. Play around with gold-toned accessories to really bring this look to life.
The Statement Outfit
The deep plunge neckline and embellished details on this stunning Stella McCartney dress makes such a statement on its own. So when it comes to pairing this gown with accessories, you’ll want to choose delicate pieces that let the dress do the talking. Try Sara Weinstock’s cluster chain earrings, Loeffler Randall’s sumptuous clutch, and Saint Laurent’s sling back pumps.