Few things are more intimidating than getting an invitation to a holiday party and finding out the dress code for the night is casual. The thing is, casual can mean slightly different things in different situations. Heading out to a work party is a far cry from hosting your own holiday party at home. No matter what your venue is, here are some ideas that will really make you stand out from the rest of the guests.
To the Office Holiday Party
If the party is casual, you might not be sure what to wear. You don’t want to go overboard with a cocktail dress, but you don’t want to show up in jeans and a T-shirt, either. A happy medium is a pair of pants and a blouse, but you can still be festive. Pair some wide-leg Palazzo pants in black with a shimmery wrap-front blouse. For a slightly different look, pair a sophisticated printed trouser with a filmy chiffon blouse. You’ll look elegant but not overdressed. Dress things up a little more with a slim pencil skirt and a lacy blouse.
To Your Friend’s Holiday Party
Whether your friend is hosting a holiday party at home or at a restaurant, the occasion calls for comfy, festive clothing. If you’re heading for the dressier side of casual holiday wear, go with a flirty A-line skirt or dress with a twin set or a cute blouse. A pair of stretchy jeans with a sparkly top or a Christmas sweater is perfect for celebrating at your friend’s house. If your friend’s party is really informal, go super casual with a pair of leggings and a long tunic. Dress things up a smidge with knee-high boots with a slight heel.
To Your Own Party at Home
Celebrating at home means that you’re in charge of the dress code. Take pity on your guests and let them know how casual to go. If you’re up for sweats and loafing around, be upfront. If you’re wanting a dressier casual, put it on the invites. For a party of just close friends and family, jeans and a holiday sweater fit the bill. Looking for a theme instead? What about white on white for a clean, fresh look. Another option is a pair of leather leggings with a silky red or emerald blouse. Add a cute ankle bootie for a finishing touch.
Holiday parties are a perfect time to break out a new look. Get creative with your outfits.