What to wear to this year’s Christmas parties
29th November 2018
You may not want to believe it, but Christmas is nearly here. Whether you’re the type to belt out the Buble in October or try to ignore the advent calendars until December is actually here, you still need to decide on your Christmas party outfits.
Want to dress to impress at the work event? Turn up on the dancefloor with your mates on Christmas Eve and look good doing it? Or just stand out at the house party and gift exchange you have booked in the diary – we’ve got the Christmas party outfits for you.
Winter 2018/19 trends for Christmas party outfits
Stay on trend – even if you’re donning a novelty jumper – and incorporate these trends into your Christmas looks. These are good for guys or girls, trust us.
- Animal print – We’re talking subtle additions of leopard print here, maybe a stripe there.
- Puffer jackets – Bigger is best when it comes to your jacket. Inspired by 90s looks, a puffer coat is the piece of outerwear to throw on before you go out.
- Earth tones – Browns, yellows and greens are the shades of the season.
- Country vibes – Get riding with country-inspired looks – basically double denim and all the check print.
- Shimmer – Sequins, shimmery materials and glitter are all you need to make an impression.
Christmas party outfit one – The office party
You’ll want to keep things a little reserved but still make an effort when you head out with your colleagues. What you wear depends on the venue, a ball style event definitely calls for a tux or a longer length dress but if it’s your usual meal and drinks style gig here’s some inspiration.
Office Christmas party outfit for men
A jazzy shirt and jeans combo is a failsafe option for the work Christmas party – add chunky boots instead of your usual boat shoes for comfort and your own twist on the look. Navy leather creates a streamlined look but throw in a brown belt and matching leather strap watch for a sophisticated touch.
Blue hues and a sharp collar keep things smart but you can still have fun with prints. A floral pattern is a daring take on your classic shirt for a formal event. If you really want to kick things up a notch add a bow tie.
Office Christmas party outfit for women
Rust colours and gold hues look incredible on the dancefloor – plus you’ll stand out from your colleagues who’ll likely opt for blacks and reds. Pair with heeled ankle boots to tap into those country inspired trends.
Full on sequins or a shimmery material in a bodycon dress is a good choice. Choose a long-sleeved style to keep things modest around the boss but leave legs bare. Finish with an oversized jacket to keep the cold out when waiting for a taxi home – pick a colour that matches your main look but that you can wear all season.
Christmas party outfit two – Christmas Eve drinks
Dress for wherever the night may take you to celebrate the gift unwrapping and day spent with loved ones that’s soon to come. A drink at your local can quickly turn into a night out in town – just be sure to stay hydrated so you can actually enjoy that roast dinner your family cooks the next day. Christmas Eve should definitely be all about the glitz and glam so here’s some outfit inspiration to get you started.
Christmas Eve outfit for men
A jacket featuring sharp lines and a tailored fit is your go-to for Christmas Eve. Paired with a cable knit jumper, you have a festive ensemble to see you through the night. Even if you roll into your parent’s in the early hours of the morning, you can keep this outfit on and act like nothing’s happened.
A cream jumper looks good wherever you end up, pair with dark jeans and boots to get past the bouncers.
Christmas Eve outfit for women
Christmas Eve is a time to celebrate – which means you should definitely embrace all things sequin. Black sequins on a mini dress are sexy for the dancefloor but paired with a leather jacket and ankle boots you’ll still be good for the bar beforehand.
Leave hair wavy and loose but have fun with make-up – a smoky eye and a nude lip make for a sultry look to deck the halls with. Look for a leather jacket that contrasts with your dress choice – a strong collar and sharp shoulders in a slightly oversized fit looks like you’ve thrown on your boyfriend’s coat. Add some fun novelty ears, like reindeer antlers – but don’t expect to finish the night with them – and you’re good to go.
Christmas party outfit 3 – The house party
Planning a get together with your pals to swap gifts? Know your crush is going to be there? You want to look the part – and still feel festive. A house party is pretty relaxed but still a chance to make a bit of an effort. Try out these looks.
Christmas house party outfit for men
A check shirt is the perfect smart casual vibe and in a festive red, you can’t go wrong. Pair with a plain white tee, cropped jeans and white trainers and you’ve got a look perfect for chilling on the sofa with a drink in hand.
Take along an oversized puffer or parka jacket for the walk home – choose something extra warm to brave those early December morning temperatures.
Christmas house party outfit for women
Crushed velvet is on trend this season and looks incredible in a slouchy t-shirt dress style. Choose a green hue for all the festive vibes and either wear with bare legs and ankle boots or black pattern tights.
Tie hair back in a loose ponytail and work a red lip and basic eye make up for a low key vibe. At the end of the night, pull on a thick down jacket with an oversized faux fur hood – ideal for that Christmas Day walk after dinner too.
Christmas party outfit 4 – The family get together
Family can’t get together on Christmas Day? You’ve probably got another event planned in the diary to meet up – and you’ll want to look good for it. Whether you know you’ll be drinking with the cousins, hogging the cheese at the buffet or catching up with your Nan, here’s what to wear.
Christmas family party outfit for men
A long sleeved, slim fit polo shirt pairs well with comfy jeans and boots for an outfit the looks good but doesn’t appear try-hard. Look for a polo that fits close to the body to show off all the hard work you’ve done at the gym and a collar that isn’t too structured.
A bomber jacket is the perfect lightweight outerwear to throw on before dashing to the car. Pair with a matching scarf and glove combo and finish with hiking style boots.
Christmas family party outfit for women
A shirt dress is comfy, good looking and perfect for whatever type of family event you’ve got planned. Look for embroidered shoulders or pockets to tap into that country trend and team with tights and fur-lined boots for a cosy finish.
Take your biggest jacket for the big dog walk as a group or when playing outside with the kids. A longer length parka jacket in a neutral shade should keep things snug.