No-Fail Looks for Every Holiday Party

Holiday calendar filling up like crazy? Don’t worry—you’ll fit it all in, with style. Just check out our guide to the best looks for every invite, then hit the stores while you still have seconds to spare.

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The “Where”: The Family Gathering
The Dress Code, Defined:
Think “cozy-chic.” You can—and should!—dress comfortably, but definitely step it up from the everyday. A cowl-neck sweater or cocoon-style cardigan in a classic shade or combo is perfect. (Think camel, oatmeal and hunter green, solid or striped.) Pair it with better-than-basic skinnies and of-the-moment wedge booties to complete the look with a bang.

The “Where”: The Weekend Cocktail Party
The Dress Code, Defined
: Go for a dress with some structure, and that’s knee-length or shorter—and be sure to incorporate some glitz in the mix. Opt for an LBD? Add more “special” with colored jewelry. (Red or green? Perfect!) Pick a metallic number? You’ll be golden, regardless. (Accessorize with neutrals, more metallics, you name it!)

The “Where”: The After-Work Holiday Party
The Dress Code, Defined:
Shoot for “on-the-clock-meets-on-the-town.” In other words? An edgier version of your go-to work uniform. Some of the season’s biggest trends will fit the bill to perfection—including blazers with leather panels and sheaths with bold embellishments. As for the accessories? Lose your pumps-and-a-tote in favor of a clutch and a great pair of booties.