10 Style and Beauty Tips to Get You Through Holiday Party Season

Not sure what to wear to a holiday party? Here’s how to make getting dressed for your party circuit easier, speedier, and more special, according to experts.

Go with a statement piece

Courtesy Mackenzie-Kassab

Conventional wisdom may be to stick with the little black dress if you want versatility, but lifestyle writer Mackenzie Kassab suggests the opposite. “Invest in one statement piece that can dramatically alter basic looks: a printed satin bomber jacket, or a jaw-dropping pair of boots,” she says. “My holiday go-to is a vintage brocade maxi skirt [shown]. Paired with a short-sleeve cashmere sweater, a white button-down, or even a sheer t-shirt, it looks completely different—and always attracts compliments.” It’s also a perfect solution for what to wear to an office holiday party—it’s festive without being too risqué.

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Invest in seasonless pieces

Marcy Cruz via Fearlessly Just Me

Marcy Cruz, blogger at Fearlessly Just Me and editor at PLUS Model Magazine says, “As a plus-size woman, shopping for a holiday look can be a challenge, so simplicity is a must for me.” Her solution for what to wear to a holiday party? I like to invest in key pieces that are seasonless, such as a sequin blazer, a gold shimmer skirt, or a faux fur stole or wrap.” Check out these ways to make your outfit look expensive.

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Consider small upgrades


While buying new dresses for a holiday party is fun, the little details are what make your outfit standout. “Sometimes it’s all in the little things that can make a big statement but still be effortless,” Cruz says. “I like to wear a simple red or black wrap dress or skater style dress and add a brooch, a wide sequin belt, or some blinged out earrings to add some sparkle.”

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