Top Special Occasion Styles for the Holiday Season

The year’s end always brings a rush of outings, holiday parties, and family dinners. If you’re worried you’ll end up wearing the same black dress all season, start planning your holiday wardrobe now, before your dance card gets too full. By mixing and matching from these holiday-appropriate trends, you can curate a festively fabulous wardrobe that will carry you through to the new year.

Velvet Crush

Arguably the year’s biggest trend, velvet dominated both the runways and the street style scene in 2016. If you’re not a round-the-clock fashionista, the holiday season can provide the perfect opportunity to dip your toe into the velvet pool, since this heavy, ornate fabric, which might look over-the-top in the office, is right at home at a festive late-night cocktail party.

  • For holiday caroling around town: comfy velvet joggers + cashmere turtleneck + warm statement coat
  • For festive drinks at the hottest new bar: velvet bomber + slinky cami + leather trousers

Metallic Magic

Nothing evokes the magic of the winter season like the glimmer of tinsel and wrapping paper. Adding metallics to your holiday wardrobe is an easy and on-trend way to tap into that festive aesthetic. To avoid looking like you’re in competition with the Christmas tree, stay away from head-to-toe sparkle and mix metallic pieces with more grounded textures like denim or wool.

  • For Friendsgiving dinner: metallic pleated midi skirt + loose chunky knit
  • For a school holiday fair: subtly metallic sweater + dressy mom jeans

Borrowed from the Boys

It’s important to remember that a holiday wardrobe doesn’t necessarily have to include a cocktail dress. If you’re tired of limiting yourself to strappy black frocks during the party season, take your cue from the menswear department and try a tuxedo dress instead, or go all in with a full le smoking look. A well-styled luxe menswear ensemble is just as polished as a cocktail dress, not to mention twice as comfortable and infinitely more memorable. Standing out in a sea of LBDs, you’ll be sure to go down as best-dressed guest.

  • For opening night of The Nutcracker: tuxedo dress + sleek low-heeled ankle boots
  • For a corporate end-of-year party: smoking jacket + matching trouser + silky blouse