5 Looks for Holiday Parties

Tis the season for holiday parties. Some people look forward to all the events and some don’t. I tend to be in the middle, as I’m quiet in new situations.  My favorite part, though, is picking out a new outfit for each get-together.  Of course, I have things in my closet that I could wear, but it’s much more fun getting something new. Each party is different, some are casual and some are dressy. When trying to find the perfect outfit, you need to first know the dress code, and then decide how much you want to spend on your new getup. For this post, I’ve picked out five looks for different holiday events.

The first is for my family’s Christmas party. We are very, very casual. Jeans and a T-shirt would work, but come on, it’s Christmas, step it up!

Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel standing next to a Christmas tree wearing thin-striped three-quarter-sleeve top with black pants and black booties
Here, I am wearing a striped, long-sleeve top with a fun cut along the chest. I paired it with simple black pants and black shoes.

The second look is for a girl’s night out. We’ll be going to a hotel bar for drinks first and then a nice restaurant for dinner, so I want to be fashionable yet comfortable for the fun night.

Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel standing next to Christmas tree wearing a black sweater poncho a long silver chain necklace with wine-color leggings and grey booties
In this photo, I paired a black poncho and cranberry Ponte pants with grey booties. Then I dressed it up a bit with a long, silver necklace and a fun clutch. I absolutely love this outfit!

I have a New Year’s Eve wedding to attend at the end of the year, so that’s where I plan on wearing the third look. I’ve been debating whether or not to wear a sparkle dress or an LBD. I love glitter, but it’s not my day, so I decided to go with a tame but fun strapless LBD.

Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel standing next to a Christmas tree wearing a black strapless dress with black high heels and a small chain necklace
This strapless LBD features a belt and, my favorite, pockets! What beats having pockets? I also added sleek black heels and a simple pendant for a finishing touch.

My fourth look is for a neighbor’s holiday party. I never know what to wear to these events. Plus, I’m new to the neighborhood and only know a few people. You don’t want to be too causal or too dressy. I feel that this is a good in-between outfit. You can also wear it all the time!

Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel standing next to a Christmas tree wearing a shear plaid top with tank top under and dark jeans with black booties, plus a long necklace with tassel
For this look, I paired a loose-fitting, sheer plaid top with dark skinny jeans. Then I dressed it up with black booties and a long, silver necklace.

Finally, my last outfit is for a work holiday party. It’s a first for me, since I started the job less than a year ago. I asked a co-worker what to wear, and she said a dress. This is the most versatile dress I’ve ever owned; you can wear it all year long and to just about any event.

Clothes Mentor blogger Rachel standing next to a Christmas tree wearing a form-fitting short-sleeve black dress with a big-flower necklace and maroon tights with black booties
To make this short-sleeve dress winter friendly, I added colorful tights and closed-toe shoes. The statement necklace also adds a pop of sparkle.

I hope this post gives you some ideas to make your life a little easier during this busy time of year. And don’t forget, you can sell your gently used holiday outfits to your local Clothes Mentor for some extra spending cash. Have a merry, happy, healthy holiday season!

Rachel Pella, CM Blog writer

Photography by Maria Castellon


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