Since there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to what to wear to a holiday party, I wanted to cover it all for you. And since having an idea of what you’ll wear to parties in advance reduces the stress big time, I wanted to write this early into the season. Hopefully, everything below will help you have a better idea of what to wear to all parties!
WHAT KIND OF EVENT IS IT?
First, off the type of event makes a huge difference on what to wear. If it’s a holiday office party you might want to consider where it’s being held and how formal your office is. At this occasion, I would avoid any short dresses/skirts and anything too flashy. You want to look festive, but still wear something office appropriate. If the party is being held by family or friends I would consider asking the host what the party attire will be. You know your family best, think about what they would be wearing. If the event is a gala or fundraiser consider that those parties tend to be on the dressier side. This gives you a chance to bring out your favourite cocktail dress or long evening gown.
WHERE IS THE CHRISTMAS PARTY TAKING PLACE?
If the invitation didn’t say what attire to wear a good tell is often through the event location. If they request your company at a ballroom or hall. you’re probably going to wear a semi or formal dress. On the other hand, if it’s a fun and trendy restaurant or bar you might want to wear something more festive and on trend to fit in with the crowd. My go to when invited to a Christmas party hosted at someone’s house is always dressy casual.
WHO IS HOSTING THE CHRISTMAS PARTY?
If you’re going to a friend’s party, you know the style is probably more laid back and you can get away with something showier. If it’s an elderly person’s party or someone you want to impress (say a mother-in-law or something along those lines), opt to go more conservative. Being a little more dressy and conservative will never get you in trouble!
IS THERE A REQUESTED ATTIRE FOR THE HOLIDAY PARTY?
So, the invitation says the attire? You have no worries then! I wouldn’t try to push too many boundaries on the dress code, but do look festive and have fun! If there isn’t, depend on the location and who is hosting to plan your outfit. A friend’s party in their apartment is obviously going to be more casual and trendy than a company party in a banquet hall.