holiday party fashion

Fargo Fashion | Holiday Parties

holiday party fashion
Break out your most festive pieces to celebrate the holiday season in style.

Allover sequins, party dresses and ugly sweaters.

Holiday parties of all sorts are upon us, and each event — whether it’s a relaxed white elephant gift exchange or a fancy charity soiree — calls for a different kind of outfit. You should know what to wear to each event on your calendar so that you’ll look as great as the holidays make you feel. Forget the naughty or nice list; you really want to be on the best-dressed list this holiday season.

The family Christmas party

When you get together with the family to eat food and open gifts, you want to be comfortable but still look cute for pictures. If your family keeps it pretty causal, you can wear leggings with a long embellished top and cozy knit cardigan or a chunky sweater with polished dark wash jeans.

If you usually dress up, pair a festive dress or skirt with opaque tights. Keep in mind, though, that it’s hard to nap yourself out of a food coma if you’re in a skin-tight sequined dress, so opt for something loose and soft.

To get into the spirit of the season, choose from a holiday color palette of gold, silver, black, red and jewel tones.

The work party

When your workplace or student organization throws a holiday party, it’s time to let loose and celebrate.

Dress codes can range from casual to formal depending on where you work and what kind of event they are throwing, but you should always try to find a balance between festive and professional. You are still representing yourself professionally to an extent, so steer clear of anything too revealing or over-the-top, and let the fabrics have all the fun.

Wintery textiles like velvet, lace, brocade and fur will provide the holiday spirit all on their own. You can definitely break out the sparkle for a company party, but let the focus be on one stand out piece like a bejeweled statement necklace or metallic skater skirt.

The ugly sweater party

Looking pretty at an ugly sweater party might sound like an oxymoron, but it is possible.

When selecting the perfect ugly sweater, think about color. No matter what tacky embellishment is tacked on the front, if the color by your face flatters your skin tone and features, you’ll look anything but ugly. And just because the sweater is hideous, doesn’t mean the rest of your ensemble has to be. It’s called an ugly sweater party, not an ugly outfit party.

When styling your sweater, pretend it’s not covered in tinsel and Santa appliques, and make it part of an otherwise attractive outfit. Roll or push up the sleeves and tuck just the front of the sweater into a pair of skinny jeans to make a frumpy sweater look flattering. You can also layer it over a button up shirt for a preppy look or tuck it into a skirt to give it a feminine spin.

The New Year’s Eve party

New Year’s Eve is the night to break out all your sparkle.

Ring in the New Year right, covered in sequins, embellishments, metallic and shine. Don’t be shy about turning out in that gold lamé midi skirt or the sequin covered body con dress you can barely sit in.

If sparkly miniskirts aren’t your thing, you can stand out from the pack in a slim tuxedo pant, high waisted wide leg trouser or sleek jumpsuit. Accessorize with bejeweled bracelets, cocktail rings, sparkly earrings, glitzy necklaces and quirky clutches.

A night out typically calls for high heels, but short boots can also look chic with the right outfit and are much safer walking over snow and ice.

It will most likely be freezing outside, but don’t ruin a great going out ensemble by covering it up with a drab winter coat. Strategically incorporate your outerwear into the outfit. Adding cold weather pieces like black tights, a sequined cardigan, a faux fur jacket or a long wool coat will keep you warm without sacrificing style.

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