It’s that time of year again! Every weekend from December to January is booked solid with swanky soirees, blowout bashes, and cozy family dinners.
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And let’s be real: It’s not the food that we love most about these holiday get-togethers (although it’s super yummy). It’s the dressing up part that really rings our jingle bells. Although most holiday party dresses involve red, green, and/or velvet, who says your go-to look has to be so cut and dried?
We rounded up the best haute holiday outfits that dare to be different, proving you don’t have to dress up like a Christmas tree to make a seasonally stylish impact.
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1. Gorgeous Gold
Metallics are the perfect neutral for the holiday party circuit. Pair with strappy heels and minimal jewelry for maximum impact.
Club L Plus 3/4 Sleeve Wrap Front All Over Sequin Dress, $51, asos.com
2. Lovely Lace
A lace dress is the perfect way to mix your naughty side with your nice one. Add an unexpected and playful twist with a bold lip and hoop earrings.
Mock Neck Lace Dress, $17.90, forever21.com
3. Some Sparkle
A dash of sequins is always the right choice during the holiday season. Not a fan of full-on sparkle? Add a sequined skirt to your wardrobe instead and pair with a rad sweatshirt.
Glittery Skirt, $17.99, hm.com
4. Lit LBD
The best thing about a LBD? It never goes out of style — and it always goes with every occasion. Update the classic look with something fun, like some mesh and sleeves.
Mesh Bodycon Dress, $20, garageclothing.com
5. Timeless Tuxedo
For a sophisticated silhouette, try tuxedo-inspired wear. This blouse is the perfect mix of masculine and feminine, especially when paired with your favorite leather-look leggings.
ASOS Body with Tuxedo Collar Detail, $35, asos.com
6. Fun Florals
Florals have been huge this year, which means they’re a perfect choice for the holidays. Choose a floral frock in a bold color to really turn some heads.
Ruffle-Sleeve Shift Dress for Women, $24, oldnavy.com
7. Do the Twist
Obviously you’re the best present this holiday, so why not dress yourself as one? Choose a shimmery shade for extra dazzle.
Plus Size Twist-Front Dress, $27.90, forever21.com
8. Beautiful Boho
If you’re into a more laid back style, then opt for a peasant-inspired dress with floral details. Add some boots for a more tough, less hippie vibe.
Printed Rubberised Dress, $29.90, zara.com