15 Perfect Christmas party outfit ideas

Jenessa Williams

Velvet luxe

A texture synonymous with winter, velvet will keep you warm without adding too much bulk to your silhouette. There is a huge selection to be had on the high street, but for the party season, we recommend sticking to warm and luxurious jewel tones, perfect for dressing up plainer pieces.

Stick to one velvet piece and pair with lighter, brighter colours and glitter to keep the look fun and festive. Opt for elasticated styles to ensure comfort—there’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable during the festivities.

Outfit 1: Marks and Spencer Top and Skirt, Simply Be Heels, Topshop Earrings

Outfit 2: Warehouse Dress, Joanie Clothing Bag, Primark Boots

Outfit 3: ASOS hairslide, Zara Jumper, Warehouse Skirt

All that glitters

Is there any better time of the year to don some sparkle? Glitter doesn’t have to be all little black dresses and endless shedding—choose a more elegant lurex fabric or opt for 80s style embellishments to stay on-trend.

If you’re looking for something more daytime appropriate, consider layering your glitter item with more subdued knits, roll necks and leather—all classic winter pieces that will add a touch of practicality to the party.

Outfit 1: Oasis Jumper, And Other Stories Skirt, H&M Bag, River Island Heels

Outfit 2: H&M Roll Neck, New Look Dress, Zara Heels

Outfit 3: Topshop Dress, Accessorize Bag, Urban Outfitters Heels

Bodystocking

If you’re not a fan of fuss, a jumpsuit can be a great option for the festive season—just one item and you’re done!

All three of our chosen styles look great on their own but also hold the possibility of some fun colour blocking.

Statement earrings and clutches modernize the look, and will still be wearable come springtime. Bold, dangling styles look wonderful with an updo, a sophisticated alternative to the traditional party look. 

Outfit 1: New Look Jumpsuit, John Lewis Heels

Outfit 2: Dorothy Perkins Jumpsuit, H&M Earrings, Dorothy Perkins Heels

Outfit 3: Topshop Jumpsuit, Accessorize Bag

Gatsby glamour

An on-trend play on the Art Deco Trend, these looks would be a great fit for a formal ball or dinner. Think elegant silhouettes, rich colours and sumptuous attention to detail, all designed to create a look of decadence and celebration.

When shopping art deco, look for high necks, flared sleeves and beading—all hallmarks of the Gatsby look.

Outfit 1: Karen Millen Dress, Office Heels

Outfit 2: Topshop Shrug, Topshop jeans, Office Heels, H&M Earrings

Outfit 3: Calvin Klein Coat, Warehouse Dress

Cosy novelty

Perfect for low-key gatherings or days spent picking up last-minute gifts, you can’t go wrong with a novelty Christmas sweater. Gone are the days are cheesy prints and itchy bobbles, we love the array of subtler styles available in various stores.

While these jumpers pair perfectly with a pyjama bottom for a cosy day inside, they can also be easily dressed up with a tailored trouser, patent skirt or more glamorous glitter.

Don’t forget the accessories either—Rudolph antlers will suit everyone in the family.

Outfit 1: New Look Earrings, Primark Jumper, Dorothy Perkins Skirt, And Other Stories Heels

Outfit 2: Evans Jumper, Topshop Trousers, Superga Trainers, Topshop Earrings

Outfit 3: Chinto & Parker Jumper, Marks & Spencer Skirt, Debenhams Heels, Accessorize Antlers