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Creating a holiday outfit for an office party that’s both work appropriate and festive — and that will take you from morning to night — is challenging without the right inspiration. Whether it’s adding a few extra layers over a dress that you can shed after hours, or swapping out your basic pumps for embellished heels, there are plenty of simple tricks to employ to achieve the right holiday party look.
From playing with the color palette to mixing certain prints and materials, the outfits ahead deliver the right amount of glamour and sophistication for your next festivity. Most of these ideas involve coordinating your ensemble around one key statement piece that’s still understated, such as a pair of colored tights or statement boots. For each ensemble, there’s also a link to the pièce de résistance that will help you achieve your most holiday-ready wardrobe.
Whether you’re aiming to accent your favorite plaid suiting with feather-adorned stilettos; match your scarlet lip to a textured cranberry-red midi skirt; cinch the waist of a classic sweater dress with a black belt to highlight your tall leather boots; or give your new rhinestone-finished denim a whirl with a basic bodysuit, click through to discover the combination that best speaks to the partygoer in you this season. Then, scope out some affordable designer gifts if you don’t want to arrive empty handed. After all, why not further accessorize with a stylish present when you show up to the party?
— Additional reporting by Nikita Charuza