Learn to style a casual holiday party outfit from clothes that you can also wear to work, volunteering at your kids school, lunch with your friends, and beyond.
“Yellow cab” a gruff voice blared through the intercom of my Russian Hill apartment.
Total panic set in, as I stood in my bra and underwear at the other end of the speaker. I was unable to decide what to wear to my 5th-holiday party of the season. And my freakin cab was downstairs.
My future husband could be at this party.
I’m going to miss out on so much fun.
I should have just kept on the first outfit.
Should I run down the street real quick to grab that sweater I’ve been eyeing?
If only I had black velvet Mary Janes…..
All of these things raced through my 20 something mind as I heard the cabbie gun his Ford Crown Vic. He headed off to the next dispatch call.
Now I’d have to start my mad dialing the cab company all over again, but first I needed to pick out a casual holiday party outfit. I wanted something that looked intentional, but not as if I tried too hard. I wanted to breeze in (now late) to the gathering as I’d just been frolicking through a Christmas tree farm and decided to stop by. Not freaking out over what to wear for the prior 3 hours. Ugh.
Holiday Party Outfits for All
Do casual holiday party outfits stress you out the way they did me in my 20s? Picking that just-right look for a holiday event can be challenging. Most of my holiday dressing is more casual these days. School events for my kids, lunches with girlfriends, or shopping in the city. I crave holiday items that are practical, but have some flair. Things I can wear again and again.
Well, you are going to love what I have pulled together for today. I took four outfits and style each of them casual and dressier—both with holiday flair.
The emphasis is on casual holiday party outfits that will take you past the festivities of the season, into the office, the schoolyard, or anyplace you need to be all winter long. This will help maximize your wardrobe and have you looking merry at the same time.
Ready? Let’s take a look. There are details for all items in the captions below, with links under the item description that will take you to the website for purchase or further research.
Casual Holiday Party Outfit #1—The Wrap Dress
Casual Holiday Party Outfit #2—The Black Set
Casual Holiday Party Outfit #3—A Sweater Dress
Casual Holiday Party Outfit #4—Jeans and a Sweater