It’s never too early to start thinking about your Christmas party outfits and it won’t be long before our diaries are chockablock with festive lunches, work parties and cocktail gatherings so if you’re on the lookout for some Christmas party outfit ideas, we’ve got you covered.
There’s no better time to embrace sartorial extravagance than the holiday season. Whilst we’re donning the best matching Christmas pajamas for our cozy nights in, when it comes to Christmas parties, tis the season to go all-out. Of course, there are many types of festive events that fill up our calendars. A lowkey lunch may require smart casual outfit such as jeans, a luxe sweater, and some metallic boots, whilst your work Christmas party might call for a sophisticated LBD.
Texture also plays a key role in our Christmas party outfits. Think sparkly sequins, silky satin, and plush velvet to add instant opulence to your look. It really is the one time of year when going OTT is never a bad thing. If you’re looking to be fully prepped for the holiday season then we’ve edited our favorite fail-safe Christmas party outfit ideas to make sure you dazzle on every kind of dancefloor.
Best Christmas party outfits 2022 - chosen by a fashion editor
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1. The LBD
Whilst the LBD traditionally stands for the little black dress, this season our hemlines are dropping and the long black dress is gaining momentum. Whether you opt for the best midi dresses or a floor-sweeping maxi, this longer length makes it a lot more wearable and easier to dress up or down so you’re bound to get plenty of wear out of a new purchase. Of course, you can still opt for a mini length if you prefer and style with a pair of Mary Janes for a sweet and directional look that taps into one of the big fall winter shoe trends 2022.
RRP: $149 / £120 | The silk-blend fabric gives this frock an extra dose of glamour. With sweet flutter sleeves and a cute knot detail at the neck, it has a flattering fit around the bust before skimming over your figure and revealing a daring slit. Gorgeous!
RRP: $273 / £245 | If you want to stick to a shorter hemline, the long sleeves on this dress keep it balanced and sophisticated. The floral print trim adds a feminine flourish and the velvet texture taps into the dark romance fashion trend 2022.
2. The Red Dress
If you fancy switching up your LBD for something a little brighter, a red dress is one of the best dresses for the holiday season. The festive shade is a real confidence booster and just as timeless as a black dress. From scarlet to crimson, once you’ve picked your favorite shade of red there are heaps of stunning designs to choose from. Look for ruffle details and chiffon fabrics for added interest and to fully embrace that dancing emoji vibe.
RRP: $99.99 / £59.99 | The statement ruffle sleeves makes this beauty a real head-turner. The floaty fabric keeps it comfy, not clingy and the longer sleeves offset the shorter hem. It has an inner lining and a zip fastening at the back for a better fit throughout.
RRP: $680 / £560 | Made in a striking Poppy hue, this dress is made for the ball. It has a fitted bodice to highlight the waist and a soft pleated asymmetric skirt that is ideal for partying hard on the dancefloor. Add sparkle to your look via your accessories.
RRP: $68 / £58 | Embrace one of the top handbag trends 2022 with this embellished bag. The pearl detail gives it an elegant finish and the long chain strap means you can wear it as a crossbody bag so it’s super practical too. Practical and pretty. Win!
3. The Party Suit
Dresses aren’t your thing? Enter the party two-piece. A far cry from a stuffy suit you may find in the boardroom, feminine tailoring is now a key player in our capsule wardrobe. For the party season, give a nod to the best tuxedos for women, but look to vibrant hues, playful prints, and of course sequins aplenty to give it that party feel. Wear with silky cami tops, pussy-bow blouses and metallic accessories for a Saturday Night Fever look that will render you disco-ready.
RRP: $250 / £150 | The rich electric blue hue really makes this blazer a standout piece. With a on-trend corduroy texture too, ideal for evoking the fall 2022 fashion trends, and giving it a wintery feel. We love the double-breasted button silhouette too.
RRP: $150 / £99 | If you've struggled with what to wear with wide leg pants. Always keep your top half fitted. The detachable belt can be adjusted to fit and they’re made from a super soft cotton blend for added comfort. Pair with heels or trainers.
RRP: $160 / £98 | Reiss is a master at elevated basics and this elegant cami top is no exception. It has a silky feel and delicate adjustable straps for a better fit and is topped off with a flattering cowl neck. Perfect for layering under your two-piece.
4. Jeans and a nice top
You don’t have to ditch your denim completely come party season and the classic combo of jeans and a nice top is ideal for Christmas party outfits, one you can count on for those daytime festive affairs. A great base for those smart casual outfit ideas, opt for dark wash jeans and avoid rips and distressed detailing if you want to keep it on the smart side and add pops of color with your top half and accessories to help elevate the look. Voluminous and asymmetric sleeves will give this a contemporary spin that helps balance proportions too.
RRP: £199 / £99 | Straight-leg jeans are the fashion editor’s choice, as they're both smart and stylish. These sit high on the waist for a midriff flattering fit and have a cropped finish so you can show off your shoes. The unfinished hem adds a cool edge.
RRP: $199 / £129 | Much like sequins, velvet is a no-brainer when it comes to Christmas party outfits. The body design makes this easy to tuck into jeans, giving a smooth finish, while the gathered shoulder detail adds a retro feel.
5. The Co-Ord
The closest thing you’ll get to stepping out in your actual pajamas, a floaty co-ord has comfort at its core. From feathered two-pieces to a cute short and shirt combo, this look is uber playful and fun. You can get plenty of mileage out of this one too as both the top and bottoms can be mixed and matched with your wardrobe essentials to create a plethora of different looks. This style is ideal for those who find they're different sizes on their top and bottom making dress shopping or buying a flattering jumpsuit tricky.
RRP: $39.90 / £25.99 | Yes you can wear an elasticated waist to your Christmas party thanks to these beauties. They sit high on the waist for a flattering loving fit whilst the pleats and statement fuchsia hue keep them looking fun and fabulous.
RRP: $27.90 / £17.99 | This co-ordinating top has a cool unfinished hem and a simple round neck for easy everyday style. Wear with the matching trousers or add extra punch to your go-to jeans and skirts, or slip under a blazer for a bold pop.
RRP: $54 / £42 | Featuring a diamond harlequin pattern on the front and emerald green sequined back, this is the finishing touch to a disco look. Compact yet roomy for the essentials, this bucket bag is in a must-have seasonal silhouette.
6. Skirt and Knit
Not all festive parties require a statement dress so if you’re looking for Christmas party outfits with a more minimalist approach, this is the one for you. A silky slip skirt teamed with a cozy knit has that effortless French girl appeal that’s oh-so-chic. Look to the best cashmere sweaters for added luxe and finish with a pair of slip-on mules or use this look as a vehicle for how to style loafers for a masculine twist. A stylish choice for a festive brunch or even your Christmas day outfit.
RRP: $178 / £185 | A silky slip skirt is a versatile wardrobe piece you can easily dress up or down. Add trainers and a cozy knit for a polished daytime look or a chiffon blouse or silky top for the evening. Keep colors neutral teaming with creams and caramels.
RRP: $125 / £130 | The collared knit is bang on trend again adding a sporty twist to the classic weaters. Made from an alpaca blend, this is super soft, long-lasting and resistant to pilling. We love the oversized fit for a relaxed and slouchy feel.
RRP: $175 / £149 | Who said flats couldn’t be fancy? These stunning mules tick all the boxes with a fierce leopard print and a striking embellished eye detail for extra glamour. Cool and comfortable, you'll be truly able to enjoy any Christmas event.
7. The jumpsuit
The perfect dress alternative, the best jumpsuits have just as much impact but with a slightly cooler edge (although longer bathroom times!) Much like your go-to midi dresses, a jumpsuit provides a ready-made Christmas party outfit so minimal styling is needed. For that festive twist, try jewel tones of teal and burgundy and silky soft fabrics and top off with shoulder-grazing sparkly earrings.
RRP: $69.90 / £49.99 | This gorgeous teal jumpsuit is super flattering with a classic V-neckline and a statement knotted detail to highlight the waist, but graze over midriffs. The wide-leg silhouette keeps it comfy enough for round-the-clock wear.
RRP: $125 / £69 | Add some more bling to your basics with these statement earrings. Perfect for jazzing up a more lowkey look. Embellished with black crystals and white pearls, scoop your hair back and up to show them off for maximum attention.
RRP: $324 / £189 | If you really want to go all-out and be the center of attention, then this is the one for you. Featuring head-to-toe sequins and feather trim on the one-shoulder neckline, it certainly fulfills the brief for full-on glamour. Guaranteed to turn heads.
8. The Sequin Dress
When all else fails, donning a sequin dress is a no-brainer. Simple, yet effective a sequin dress is incredibly decadent but requires little effort. Thanks to its attention-grabbing aesthetic, you can just throw on and go as you'll want to keep accessories to avoid overwhelming your look. If you need an extra layer, give it a cooler edge and team with the best leather jackets.
RRP: $74.99 / £49.99 | H&M has really pulled it out the bag with this showstopper. A classic wrap silhouette adorned with silver sequins, it’s fully lined for added comfort. One of the most universally flattering silhouettes, get ready to shine this season.
RRP: $179 / £109 | A slightly more subtle take on the sequin dress, this sleeveless slip number can also be dressed down with boots. For extra coverage and coziness, layer a thin polo knit underneath, or check out how to style a slip dress for more ideas.
RRP: $685 / £499 | If you’ve yet to snap up a leather jacket, now’s your chance. A stylish in-between seasons cover up, this style is ideal when wondering what to wear over a dress for the fall and winter season. The shiny vinyl gives this an extra party feel.
9. Leather Pants
Just as versatile as your jeans but with extra polish, a pair of leather trousers is a sleek choice for festive drinks or dinner. Opt for looser jogger-style silhouettes for a more relaxed fit and tuck in your top to help highlight your waist. When it comes to how to style leather pants the possibilities are endless but for a festive spin, try adding one of the best Christmas jumpers or an embellished sweater and glittery pumps.
RRP: $995 / £595 | These tapered leather pants are a worthwhile investment, adding a cool twist to the everyday. They have an adjustable waistband and deep cuffs for a cropped finish on the legs - making them a great choice for petites.