Christmas Fashion: The Dos and Don’ts for Holiday Success

Christmas means multiple opportunities to be social. There are a huge variety of events that happen around the holidays, and they each present a unique set of fashion challenges. What you wear to your office party is not the same as what to wear for Christmas galas. Your Christmas fashion at a bash with friends is not what you might wear to your holiday dinner with the in-laws. To help you figure out what to wear for Christmas, here are some do’s and don’ts for holiday success.

The Office Party


The Office Party Christmas Fashion: The Dos and Don'ts for Holiday Success
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Even though it is a party, it is still part of work and these are people you will be seeing in the office long after the event concludes. Maintain a professional appearance while showing a bit of your personality. You can relax your attire, but not too much. Do not wear tight-fitting clothing or show too much skin. Sheer cutouts on your stomach are not a good idea for the office party. Laced dresses are both feminine and professional. This Badgley Mischka dress at Neiman Marcus has a beautiful lace overlay. The high neckline is perfect for office parties, as is the length. The black-burgundy color is an excellent choice for Christmas fashion.

The Family Holiday Party


The Family Holiday Party What to wear for Christmas
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While many families keep it casual during the holidays, do not be tempted to be too casual at the family holiday party. For starters, you never know which unexpected guests may show up. Someone might bring an unexpected guest, or older relatives you were not expecting to see may decide to stop in to say hello. In addition, lots of pictures will be taken, so you want to look put together and not slouchy.

So, the question is what to wear for Christmas? You can pair luxe fabrics with plain accents to create a subdued yet fashionable look. Avoid going crazy with sequins. A few are OK, but you do not need to sparkle more than the Christmas tree. Be comfortable in pants, but leave the jeans at home. Opt for stylish slacks or streetwear inspired pants. These floral and bird straight leg pants from Moncler give you both the comfort and the style you want at a family holiday party. The elasticized waist means you can eat as much as you want at Christmas dinner while staying comfortable and looking great. The beautiful print is fun and party-worthy.

Cocktail Party with Friends


Cocktail Party with Friends Christmas Fashion
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More than any other holiday event, this is the one where you can really be yourself. A night on the town celebrating with your friends is the perfect excuse to wear that dress you haven’t been able to wear anywhere else. Do show some skin if that is what you like to do. Wear animal prints if that is your style.

Indulge in Christmas fashion and wear holiday-themed dresses, but be careful not to go overboard. Do not add tinsel to anything… it is for trees, not fashion. Make sure your undergarments are the right color for your clothing. Most importantly, have fun and wear something that makes you feel beautiful and confident. The Cushnie Et Ochs gown in velvet ombre is a show stopper. The silhouette and the color are absolutely stunning, and perfect for a holiday cocktail party with friends.

As you can see, the do’s and don’ts of what to wear for Christmas vary depending on your audience. These guidelines will help you decide what to wear. For more Christmas fashion advice, see our list of the celebrity stylist recommendations for what to wear to a Christmas party.

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Christmas Fashion: The Dos and Don'ts for Holiday Success