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What to wear to a holiday party

Unsure of how dressed up or down you need to be? Decode the dress code with these five fail-safe outfit formulas



If you’re most comfortable in tailoring, then a statement suit is guaranteed to up your sartorial game at the annual office drinks. A festive event is the perfect time to step outside your comfort zone and experiment with color. Alternatively, if you favor a timeless all-black ensemble, choose a suit with subtle sparkle, such as a crystal embellished lapel, to shimmer after dark. Add midi-heeled barely-there sandals for a touch of minimalist cool, and sleek, silver accessories for a sophisticated look with a fabulous finish.

Givenchy FW19


Glitter averse? Never fear, party dressing doesn’t have to involve swathes of sequins. This season, consider a shirt dress as an effortlessly cool evening alternative. Embrace your inner maximalist with subtle details like exaggerated pockets, ornate buttons and oversized lapels. Simply add statement earrings and a chunky necklace to lift your look.

Altuzarra FW19


If you prefer a subtle nod to festive dress codes, look to Altuzarra for a luxurious take on the traditional holiday sweater. The perfect day-to-night piece, you can elevate this humble knit after hours by swapping your pants for a pencil skirt and adding classic knee-high boots. A bijou wristlet gives the look old-world glamour and makes for the perfect finishing touch.


Take a ‘less is more’ approach to evening elegance that doesn’t compromise on glamour with understated simplicity. A luxe take on the timeless little black dress in velvet, satin or brocade will leave you feeling ready to conquer the party. A sleek, leather clutch is low key enough to see you through a day at the office but will also add a touch of sophistication after dark. Finish with this season’s power accessory – an over-the-knee boot – for a versatile look that makes a stylish statement.


Like a true wardrobe hero, a great maxi dress will take you from desk to dancefloor without looking under- or overdressed. Choose a velvet version for a glamorous evening alternative to sequins, or a silk number for effortless elegance. You can always add a blazer if you need to give your look a more formal edge. If you’re aiming for full-on festive glamour, add a touch of sparkle with statement metallic accessories that will shine all night long.

Paco Rabanne FW19

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