Published on December 14, 2020—  Leave a comment

Toast to the New Year in Style: 7 Holiday Party Occasions & What to Wear to Them

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Holiday party season is upon us, which means it’s time to dress up for the last (and maybe first!) time this year. We’re all pretty eager to toast 2020 away, so why not dress to the nines while doing it? Whether you’re dressing for a Zoom office party or a socially-distant gathering, these party outfit ideas will help you end 2020 with a bang. 

1. Calling into a Holiday Party

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@styledbyempris

You and your co-workers deserve a holiday party more than ever this year. Bring the glam to your living room and toast to a job-well-done in a Zoom-ready outfit.

Styling Inspo:
— If you don’t want to get out of your sweats (we get it), wear a chic blazer over a white tee. All you need is bold jewelry and makeup to be party-ready from the waist-up.

— For optimal comfort, we love ultra flowy pants. They give you an upscale look for the times you need to get out of your chair to refill your champagne flute. 

— For easy, one-and-done outfits, you can never go wrong with a dress or jumpsuit. Experiment with a fun hairstyle or bold makeup (glitter encouraged) to finish off your look. 

 2. For an (Online) Ugly Sweater Party

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@wildmaggnolia

Pull out your best ugly sweater and challenge your family and friends to a little friendly competition. Nothing says holiday like a questionable knit!

Styling Inspo:
— Rocking an ugly Christmas sweater is the easiest way to look fun and festive—especially on Zoom!

— Look no further than thredUP for all your whacky sweater needs! Try filtering by Color and Pattern to narrow down your search. Red, Green, and Graphic should do the trick.

3. Celebrating at an Outdoor Holiday Party 

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@niesa_gordon

Cue the Christmas music and bring on the festive cocktails because this holiday party is going outdoors! Rock the Winter Wonderland party theme with these elegant outfit ideas. 

Styling Inspo:
— An all-white winter outfit is perfect for a casual holiday outing. Pull out your fave white pullover sweater and white flowy pants for a monochrome minimalist look. Step out in tan booties and a neutral wool coat if you’re planning on walking outside.

— For a more elegant look, go for a mock neck midi dress. Pairing a cool-toned dress with knee-high boots will give you the upscale look you’ve been waiting to wear all year. 

— A faux fur coat will keep you warm AND stylish all night long. 

4. Getting Festive Outdoors 

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@karlye.whitt

Many families are choosing to keep their festivities outdoors, and luckily there’s a lot to look at during wintertime. Whether you’re shopping at an outdoor holiday market or admiring the Christmas lights around the neighborhood, these ideas are for you. 

Styling Inspo:
— Nothing says chic like an all-back ensemble. Go for a pair of black jeans, a black turtleneck, and black booties. Add a pop of color with a plaid overcoat or bold puffer jacket.

— Dress up your go-to pair of jeans and fave knit sweater with winter accessories! Try a matching beanie, scarf, and gloves.

— For those braving the cold weather, remember to bring a warm jacket. Thank us later, it’ll be your most important layer! 

5. Glamming at a House Party

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@thelowlowstyle

Send off the year with a little glitz and glamour, because why not? Here are some party outfit ideas that will make you want to party ’til the sun rises.

Styling Inspo:
— If you want to go for the full holiday theme, sparkles and all, opt for a shimmery sequin dress this year. Accessorize with simple heels and jewelry for a minimalist look.

— For a more toned-down glam, a satin slip dress is the dress for you. Dress it down with combat boots and a leather jacket

— If you’re heading out in your fave jeans or pants, go for a more luxe top. Think bold colors, sequins, velvet, and suede to add an elevated element to your outfit. 

6. Hosting a Family Dinner Party 

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@thekatieedition

Just because it’s family doesn’t mean it’s not a party. Here are some ideas for how to add a bit of sparkle to your home Christmas or New Years party. 

Styling Inspo:
— A classy pair of trousers and a festive blouse or knit is the perfect way to look dressed up while staying comfy. Lucky for us, loose-fitting pants are in, so you’ll be looking stylish and sophisticated right at home.

— If you know you’ll be spending the whole night at home, why not wear a pair of heels with a wrap dress or maxi skirt? A pair of stilettos instantly boots the glam of any outfit, and the farthest you’ll have to walk is to the fridge and back! 

7. Counting Down With the Family

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@8ighties.revival 

If all you’re craving is a cozy night in after this year’s craze, we totally feel you. Here’s what to wear while you watch your favorite holiday movie or count down to the ball drop. 

Styling Inspo:
— Make a subtle yet stylish statement with a bold printed sweater dress—the one-and-done option for the effortlessly put-together look.

Loungewear is always a good idea, especially when it’s accompanied by yummy food and drinks. Watch the ball drop with your loved ones in the comfort of your own home. 

Whatever your holiday plans are, we want to know how you’re sending off 2020 in style. Let us know in the comments below!