What to Wear to a Holiday Party?

group of people dressed business casual with santa hats doing a champagne toast during a holiday party

Creating a holiday party outfit for the office that’s both work appropriate, fun and festive versus dressing to impress as the host of your own holiday bash are likely two very different approaches and can be challenging without the right inspiration. Whether it’s adding a few extra layers over a dress you wore to work that you can shed after hours or swapping out your basic pumps for some flashy embellished heels, there are some considerations and plenty of tricks to achieve the right holiday party look.

Slay the Soiree: How to Dress for a Holiday Party 

Your first consideration is the dress code, which can be tricky, especially if it’s a work holiday party. Aim for the middle of the road unless directed otherwise. If your office dress code is a bit more casual or your work party is on a Friday, choose a pair of dark high-waisted jeans and tuck in a cozy sweater or add a touch of tweed with a blazer. You could also glam up your usual work attire with some heels or knee high boots and statement jewelry. A sequin-heavy top or dress could be perfect or overkill, ultimately you know your office, so play it on the safer side, but have some fun with it. 

Next, consider your shoes and the location of the event, which actually go together if the party takes place at a house where you may be asked to remove your shoes. If your shoes are definitely staying on, then your outfit doesn’t have to depend on them (no need to prance around in tights and socks, whew!). Still keep in mind the venue, how far you have to walk to it, the weather and of course your overall comfort. Shoes aside, layers are always a good idea since you never quite know what the temperature will be, even indoors; think sweaters, shawls, maybe even a faux fur jacket. 

For formal affairs, opt for a classy cocktail dress, a sleek suit, or dressy separates. Think elegant fabrics and sophisticated cuts. For semi-formal or casual gatherings, play with fun and festive options like a stylish jumpsuit, a dressy blouse paired with trousers or a skirt, or a polished sweater dress. Play with the color palette, mix prints and materials, and coordinate your ensemble around one key statement piece, such as a pair of colored tights, rhinestone-adorned stilettos or thigh high boots. 

Elevating Your Style Game for Holiday Events

Embrace festive colors, rich hues like reds, greens, metallics, and jewel tones which often exude a holiday vibe. While red, green, and blue are always popular this time of year, think outside of the norm and consider plum, berry hues and even pastels for something a little different. There are so many textures that lend themselves to holiday party attire: choose a luxurious velvet jumpsuit or wrap dress, sequins on a mini skirt, a silky satin or lace dress with brightly colored tights, leather pants, or a chunky oversized sweater, all of which can add an extra touch of glamor to your outfit. 

Adding accessories is an easy way to add some glam to any look. Accessorize thoughtful with statement jewelry- think a bold chunky chain necklace, elegant dangle earrings, or a sparkly bracelet any of which can elevate a simple outfit. Pick a bag that complements your attire without overwhelming it and one that’s functional enough to use throughout the night. A holiday party is also a great excuse to do all the make-up, especially if you tend to wear it modestly day to day. Go for the bold eyes, the dark eyes, glittery or even neon eyes and definitely dark or bright lips. While you’re at it, go for the blowout or the big hair. No matter what you choose to wear, be yourself. Let your personal style shine through whether it’s a quirky accessory or a signature element, make it your own.

If you’re looking for a venue to host your holiday party, consider the lovely property at Historic Acres of Hershey, which features multiple venue spaces to accommodate groups of all sizes and is beautiful year-round. Contact us today to learn more or schedule a tour.