A Guide to Holiday Party Style, Style File Friday

Now is the time of year when holiday parties really kick into gear, and they can take any size, shape, or form! Ugly sweater parties, pyjama parties, potlucks, cocktail parties, a form event, a day out, really anything can happen. Depending on what’s going on in your life, it can be a bit of a maze figuring out what to wear to a party, particularly if it’s a stop in your day.. Here are a few quick and easy recommendations to help you tackle the question of what to wear during the holidays!

Guide to Holiday Party Style

A lot of style and lifestyle bloggers will share some of the most gorgeous holiday dresses (velvet seems to be the thing for the 2017 holiday season) in their guides, and while they are beautiful, they aren’t necessarily the most practical for all events. I do love a good cocktail party, but most smaller parties aren’t that formal- you don’t want to be the only one dressed to the nines while everyone else is casual in jeans.

Casual Holiday Party- Swap It Out!

The easiest way to get ready for a party on the go is when you are already wearing part of your outfit. If you can start out with your pants/skirt or dress already on and you only have to change your top or add a cardigan, life is inherently easier! I have a red sequined tank that I’ve owned for probably 10 years already, and paired with dark jeans and a cardigan, it’s perfect for a casual holiday party without being over the top. (Not saying that I don’t go over the top, that’s to come…) If you are heading somewhere after work, you can quickly change your top or add your wrap before you head to the part- you will still be appropriate for work while enjoying the party after. Layering is also a great way to go if you don’t overheat. I will often ditch a heavier sweater in favour of a lighter, festive top for an evening or afternoon event!


Cocktail/Formal Party- Go Subtle and Accessorise! 

Now, I’m personally all for going gung-ho at the holidays, but even I have to admit, if you are going to a more formal event, it’s probably not the time to drag out your light-up sweater and elf shoes… I love still giving a nod to the holiday season, though, and there are definitely subtle ways to celebrate in your style. The outfit I wore to the RWB’s Our Story is exactly what I would wear to a cocktail holiday party- the tartan is a perfect nod to the holidays/winter without being too in-your-face about it! The other option is to play up the holiday theme in your accessories- I’m usually pretty minimal on the accessories, but I will play up white and light accessories for the winter aspect. If you have any fun, novelty earrings or necklaces, it might be a cute way to celebrate the season in a subtle way!

J Crew Perfect Fit Black Tartan Shirt, RW & Co Floral Jacquard Flared Skirt, Pearl Necklace

Ugly Sweater/PJ Party- DIY is in! 

If you do happen to find yourself in the lucky position of attending an ugly sweater party- or the increasingly popular Christmas PJ party- I’m all in favour of diving in headfirst. As the proud owner of no less than eight holiday sweaters (in varying degrees of “ugly”), I’m usually good to go for these sorts of events. However, if you don’t own a sweater suited, it’s pretty easy to make one yourself- a $10 sweater and $5 of Christmas decorations from the dollar store can make a pretty badass sweater that you know won’t be duplicated by anyone else. If you are really in a time crunch, you can do the sweater version of my bow skirt– buy a bag of bows that are the peel-and-stick kind, and peel and stick them on your sweater. A heads up- a lot of ugly sweater parties have a contest for the ugliest sweater, so you might want to plan ahead. The good thing about ugly sweater parties is that ugly sweaters are typically pretty warm, meaning that you won’t freeze on the way there.

Uh Oh Ugly Christmas Sweater

As always, I’m a huge proponent of planning ahead and not leaving things to the last minute- 2-5 minutes of thinking ahead can save you a big headache later on. There are probably a lot of people out there who don’t care what they wear, but I feel uncomfortable if my style is completely out of sync with everyone else at an event. You can really embrace the holidays and have fun with it!

What do you wear to holiday parties? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!
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2 thoughts on “A Guide to Holiday Party Style, Style File Friday

  1. josypheen November 24, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    You are going to look cute at all your holiday parties Jessica! ❤
    I love that you always manage to sneak in some plaid.


    • anhistorianabouttown December 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      I like to think I’m cute, but I think that my friends and family are dropping hints that I have a problem haha! I can’t let go of the plaid!!!

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