'Tis the season of sequin trails and warm apple cider. And while the latter is a seasonal favorite, perhaps three-dimensional sparkle doesn't make you feel particularly merry, or maybe you hate the hassle and unnecessarily high price tags that come along with buying the perfect twinkly garments. Tack on forced chatter and the stress of nailing a glitter smokey eye, and you're bound to make up an elaborate excuse as to why you can't attend your friend's holiday party or your cheesy office gathering.
And sure, there's no shame in canceling plans, but you shouldn't have to disappoint your loved ones to avoid dressing like a disco ball. Instead, try to think of all your holiday engagements as an excuse to wear your favorite winter pieces — and then add a few festive embellishments. This could mean wearing sparkly footwear and accessories with your favorite slip dress.
If you are in the market to make a special holiday party purchase, then consider investing in items that you'll wear for months to come, such as cuddly knits or shimmery bottoms that can also double as your "going out" pants.
Ahead, find six holiday party outfit ideas that are far from basic (no sequin minis here). The best part? You can feel good knowing you'll almost definitely have somewhere to wear your outfit again.
Look like a literal gift in a gilded and puffed sleeve floor-grazing dress. Add a red lip and an eye-catching accessory — such as a wristlet clutch bedecked in crystals — to become the belle of any holiday ball.
Make a simple silk slip dress Christmas cocktail attire by throwing on a pair of dressy shoes, like these strappy metallic stilettos with a crystal encrusted heel, and some glamorous drop earrings.
For the more casual end-of-year celebrations or those that call for "ugly" sweaters, pick a knit with personality and a touch of sparkle. Class-up the look with pearl jewelry and a pair of tapered jeans.
A cropped tulle top and shiny pants make a fine party duo, especially when worn with shimmery eyeshadow and hot fuchsia kitten heels.
Go light on glitter with an open collar bronze knit that you'll likely want to wear the rest of winter. Tuck the subtly shimmery sweater into a pair of wide-leg check pants for an ensemble that's practically made for a holiday happy hour.
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