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Show up best dressed to your holiday parties with this outfit inspiration

Florence Shen | Photographer
Shimmery and satin cocktail dresses can be both classic and chic, making them the ideal option for a formal event.

The holiday season is prime time for parties, family gatherings and going out with friends, but finding the most stylish outfits to wear can be as stressful as searching for the perfect holiday presents.

However, there’s a variety of cute and stylish outfits you can put together ranging from elegant formal attire to casual family gathering-wear and everything in between. If you feel like the invites are piling up but are still at a loss for what to wear, here are a few outfit ideas that will be worth your while.

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Cocktail Party
Scored an invite to a holiday formal but struggling to find an outfit that stands out from the crowd? Consider wearing a shimmery or satin cocktail dress. These glitzy fabrics can be both classic and chic, making them the ideal option for a formal event. If you typically reach for the uniform blacks and blues when dressing up but are looking to up your game, try opting for a bit of color like some autumnal greens, oranges and deep purples.

Still hesitant about wearing super colorful looks? Silvers, lavenders and golds can be toned-down alternatives but are just as stylish during the winter season. You can also rock a shimmery jumpsuit or match a pair of dressy pants with a sleek turtleneck or satin button down if dresses aren’t your thing.

Family Gathering
If you’re attending a family gathering and looking for an outfit comfortable enough to wear around the house but cute enough for the off-guard picture your mom posts to Facebook without warning, here are a few easy pieces you can put together.

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Pair your most comfortable jeans with a patterned or colorful statement sweater. You can also go for neutrals like a white, knit turtleneck, mid-wash jeans, and beige booties or moccasins – I recommend the uber-popular Ugg Tasmans. If you want to try a more upscale but equally comfortable look, style a pair of black pleather jeans with a turtleneck or off-the-shoulder top of your choosing. Dark colors like deep red or forest green would look great with this look. Complete the look with strappy heels or black booties.

Dorm Holiday Party with Friends

Show off your style at that post-finals holiday dorm party with a monochrome look that turns heads.

If you’ve already invested in that “I’ll wear this for the rest of my life” leather jacket, try wearing a black mini dress or sleeveless top and mini skirt combo under the coat. Pair it off with sheer stockings and black booties or knee-high boots.

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You can also substitute the leather jacket for a patterned oversized blazer if you don’t have a leather jacket, and style accordingly. Complete the look with a pop of color with a shoulder bag or purse.

You can also rock the monochrome aesthetic with a pair of patterned pants and a matching top. Try matching the accents of the pants with your top; for instance if the pants have beige accents, wear a solid brown or white top and matching shoes.

Going-Out Look

Going out or getting drinks with friends over the holidays? Similar to our outfit tips for formals, shimmery fabrics tend to make a statement and stand out, especially in the evening. This is your chance to lean completely into the shiny aesthetic that mimics the effect of glittering snow during peak holiday season.

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Instead of the usual crop top and dark-jeans combo, try wearing an oversized blazer and matching bralette with glittery tights. If you want to go all out, wear matching glittery pants and a bralette combo with heels. You can also go for a light-and-bold look without the sparkles by rocking a white mini dress and matching knee-high boots and a long, neutral-colored coat.


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