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How to dress for the party season

How to dress for the party season

It’s that time of year when the Christmas parties are fast approaching and the thorny question of what to wear rears its ugly head.

It’s not always that easy to decide on what to wear and how formal/ dressed up/ casual to be. It’s a thin line between boring and over the top !

Here are just a few ideas of outfits to give you some inspiration for the festive season, and to take you from the office Christmas party through to New Year’s Eve !

Dress it up!


Bewitch in black

I’m a great fan of dresses and you can’t go wrong with a LBD. You can choose how much to dress it up or down, and you can even make some last minute changes when you arrive at the party!

For example, pop a statement necklace or some dressy earrings in your bag and when you arrive at the party if you feel underdressed just add some jewellery.

You can dress it up with a sparkly clutch and some heels too!

dress for the party season


My first option is a very simple black dress (above, from ‘The Kooples’ (last season, similar here), which you can choose to accessorise as much or as little as you like.


dress for the party season


My second pick (from ‘Sandro’ a couple of seasons ago, similar here and here) already has a jewelled belt built in, so keep the rest of your accessories minimal.

Glitter in gold


dress for the party season


If you can’t wear gold at the Christmas party, when can you ? So , my next pick is this muted metallic dress (from ‘Michael Kors, again a few seasons ago), which has a hint of gold.


Rebel in red



dress for the party season


Red is always a good option for this time of year, and the dress above in simple red silk (‘Whistles’ – last season, similar here) can also be dressed up or down. If you want to wear this in the day, just throw a black jumper over the top and pair with some boots for a dressed down version!


Opt for separates


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If you’re not a fan of party dresses, and/or the party takes place during the daytime, you may feel more comfortable choosing glamorous separates.

You can pair an elegant pair of dressy trousers, or a dressy skirt with a glamorous silk or sparkly top.

I recommend black, wide leg trousers or a lace, pencil skirt as this classic silhouette is very flattering and glamorous, and you can then dress up or down with a sparkly top or a simple silk shirt.

Similarly, a dressy skirt with a simple black top has the same impact.


Dress up your jeans


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If all of the above are too dressy for your taste, you can even choose to glam up your favorite jeans.


dress for the party season



In this case, I would opt for sophisticated dark blue or black jeans and follow the tips above for black trousers.


It’s all in the details


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A simple matter of updating your accessories can also transform your look. Here are a few ideas you might like to try.


dress for the party season


Dress up your outfit with a great pair of heels – the simpler your oufit, the more you can experiment with heels. (for example, pairing bright red stilletos with a LBD).  The heels above are from Kurt Geiger and you can find them here .


dress for the party season

A statement clutch, such as this one from will instantly make your outfit more dressy, and at just over £5 is a fantastic bargain.

Statement jewellery

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Dress for the party season
A statement neckace or earrings will transform a simple daytime look to a more glamorous evening look.
You can find the top necklace here (Forever 21) and the bottom one here (Stella & Dot).



dress for the party season

This is the time you can have fun with your make-up, especially for an evening event. Try a gold eyeshadow and/or a bright, red lip!


I hope you find these tips helpful and that you have a fun, festive period. What are you planning to wear this holiday season? Have you already found your outfits?   As always, I love to have feedback, so please do leave comments and tell me what you will be wearing this Christmas.

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Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

Julia xx


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130 thoughts on “How to dress for the party season

  1. Aaaah this is my favorite time of the year !! 🙂

    Already know what I’m gonna wear for masquarade ball, christmas eve and New year eve (a hint : black, silver and black/gold). Can’t wait !!!

    Ps : you’re second dress is gooooorgeous, I’m so in love with it.

    Kenza from

    1. Thank you so much Kenza! You’re really well organised! A masquerade ball sounds such fun and I’m sure you will look stunning!

  2. Great tips and ideas for holiday dressing. I am always a sucker for a fab LBD. It is classic and timeless and will probably get a lot of use. I also feel the same about statement necklaces because I am an accessories girl I know that i will always reach for one to add some glam to my outfit.

    1. Thank you so much! I agree – you can’t go wrong with a LBD and you can easily dress it down after the party season with some boots and a jumper! xo

  3. I agree, dressing up a simple dress (especially a LBD) with a great pair of heels is so fun… I also love finding the perfect necklace. Yay for the holiday season and an excuse to dress up more!


  4. All great options for holiday parties! I usually stick to classy red dress like the one you featured but I just bought a black jumpsuit (first one ever), so I might pair it with some red heels and be a bit more creative this year. Thanks for the tips!

    Happy Friday!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

  5. These tips are all really helpful Julia, and I especially love the black dress you’re wearing with a jewelled belt built into it. You look stunning! I love glamorous separates, one of the looks you recommended, and I’ll be wearing an embroidered bomber jacket with dark denim to look my best but feel comfortable this festive season!

    It’s a pleasure to visit your blog. Keep up the good work!

    Saba xx

    1. Thanks Saba! An embroidered bomber jacket will look great with dark denim! I think the dress with the jewelled belt is my favourite too! xx

  6. You look absolutely gorgeous in all these holiday outfits, I adore them all, as well as your makeup! This has got to be the best time of year when it comes to dressing and getting glammed up, so much fun! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have a great weekend ahead!



  7. I just got back from a Christmas party where the attire was Bohemian Chic; I had to do a little research, but I pulled it off successfully. I love dressing up jeans. Add a pair of pumps and a silk shirt, and I’m ready to party.

  8. The LBD is such an elegant find! I wear it very often because I need an outfit that I can wear from church right to the festivities of Christmas haha, so I need something stylish and modest, yet still festive

    1. Yes, a LBD is great as it can easily be dressed up or down and so can take you straight from church to the Christmas party! If it’s a bit low cut for church, just pop a jumper over the top!

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