With the holiday season upon us, chances are you’ve got some parties on the calendar. Of course you’ve also got 800 gifts to buy, four dozen cookies to bake and an entire house to decorate, which means choosing the perfect holiday party outfits might be low on your list of priorities. (The physical and mental load is real.)

But before you throw in the towel and resign yourself to the same black dress that you’ve worn a hundred times, let us help. Getting dressed up (or at least out of leggings and Uggs for a hot minute) is one of my absolute favorite things about the holiday season and I don’t want you to miss out if you feel the same way.

Whether you’re headed to a holiday concert at your kids’ elementary school, a quiet dinner party with friends or even a fancy soiree, we’ve rounded up a collection of holiday party outfits that will make you look and feel your festive best.

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Fancy holiday party outfits

Eliza J. Sequin Wrap Front Long Sleeve Jumpsuit

Eliza J.

Sequin Wrap Front Long Sleeve Jumpsuit


In my world, it’s not the “holiday season.” It’s the “season of sequins.” It’s the perfect time to rock a disco-ball inspired look and personally, I will attend any event that gives me an excuse to do so. For a look that’s both elegant and totally show-stopping, I’m really into this wide-leg jumper. Not only does it give total boss vibes, it also eliminates the stockings/no stockings conundrum those of us in the colder climates always face during the winter.

Buru Jester Dress


Jester Dress


With its vintage vibes and eye-catching design, this piece from Buru is nothing short of obsession-worthy. And with that salmon and ruby color combo, you’ve already got your Valentine’s look locked in. (We love a dress that multitasks as hard as we do.)


Dress the Population Emery Long Sleeve Sequin Cocktail Dress

Dress the Population

Emery Long Sleeve Sequin Cocktail Dress


If a wall of sequins is just too much, opt for this sleek number which uses them to create an Art Deco inspired pattern. We love the sophisticated silhouette which dips low in the back to wow them as you walk away.

Kiyonna Verona Velvet Gown


Verona Velvet Gown


Is there a look more holiday appropriate than red velvet? I think not. This elegant gown has a lot of details to adore–like a flattering sash waist and flowy feminine sleeves–but if we’re being honest, we love the pockets the most.

Free People Portia Velvet Mini

Free People

Portia Velvet Mini


But it’s not just red velvet that feels holiday ready! This a-line dress features comes in a variety of colors that work just as well for a Thanksgiving outfit as it does for New Year’s. Start by pairing it with opaque stockings and knee high boots then upgrade to sparkle tights, mary janes and a statement necklace and you’ve got a look for every occassion!


Old Navy Waist-Defined Cami Midi Dress for Women

Old Navy

Waist-Defined Cami Midi Dress for Women


Turns out you don’t have to spend a million bucks to look like it. This metallic stunner is a hot ticket at Old Navy this season in both silver and gold and guess what? It has pockets.

Hill House Home The Tulle Ellie Nap Dress

Hill House Home

Tulle Ellie Nap Dress


The Nap Dress sensation isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it seems. An easy style to dress up or down, it’s no wonder drops sell out in minutes. The classic brushed cotton styles are great, but for the party season we’re smitten with the flirty and feminine tulle version. With a couple of accessory swaps it can take you everywhere from your kids’ holiday concerts to a night out in the city!

Boden The Marylebone Velvet Blazer


The Marylebone Velvet Blazer


Personally, I think it’s high time I had a holiday party appropriate powersuit in my closet. The velvet pieces from Boden are not only timeless, but also just as stylish mixed-and-matched. And while the semi-fitted blazer and trousers come in black, we vote for the hot pink instead.

H&M One Shoulder Top


One Shoulder Top


For a more wallet-friendly monochromatic look, we love the comfortable but dramatic pairing of this one shoulder top and flowy, wide-legged pants from H&M.

Steve Madden Sequin Duster

Steve Madden

Sequin Duster


Even jeans and a tee shirt can pass for fancy when you throw this sparkly duster over top! It’s also a great piece to reinvigorate an old favorite you’ve already worn a hundred times.

J Crew Tartan Dress

J Crew

Cecily Dress in Tartan Taffeta


Red plaid taffeta brings back all the memories of classic childhood Christmas dresses, but this time, it’s all grown up. We love the nipped bodice and puff sleeves, but the clincher is that adorable bow at the back of the neck.

Casual holiday party outfits

Old Navy SoSoft Cocoon Mini Sweater Dress

Old Navy

SoSoft Cocoon Mini Sweater Dress


Chic but comfy, you can never go wrong with a sweater dress! Paired with tall boots, or even booties, it’s an effortless holiday outfit that works for so many occasions. This one from Old Navy gets high marks from reviewers who say they love it so much they’ve scooped it up in multiple colors.

American Eagle Long sleeve Mockneck Bodysuit

American Eagle

Long Sleeve Mockneck Bodysuit


Consider this versatile piece part of your holiday capsule wardrobe. Old Navy’s raved-about Square-Neck Velvet Bodysuit pairs with everything from pleated skirts to jeans depending on your social calendar.

H&M Beaded Collar Sweater


Beaded Collar Sweater


Can we collectively retire ugly sweater parties? I do not have enough social events on my calendar to waste one looking not cute. That said, I do love a good sweater and this one from H&M is top of the heap. A beaded collar makes it feel a little fancier no matter what you pair it with.

Boden Velvet T-Shirt


Velvet T-Shirt


A T-shirt, but make it party attire. Pair this simple velvet number with jeans or cropped pants and some leather ankle boots and you’re ready to roll.

Spanx Front Slit Velvet Pants


Front Slit Velvet Pants


When you want to wear stretchy pants but still look chic, Spanx is always the answer. This wide-legged style features a fun front slit to lend an edgier look.

Madewell Sequin Embellished Sweater Vest


Sequin Embellished Sweater Vest


With a lot of shine and the most gorgeous jewel hue, this sophisticated top will come in handy long after the invites taper off. Wear it solo or over top of a button down shirt with your favorite jeans and you’re ready for any fête on your calendar!