What Should You Wear to a Holiday Party? An It-Girl’s Guide

In the immortal words of Taylor Swift, “‘Tis the damn season.” And there’s no season as rife with social events as the holidays. Whatever your plans for the season, your calendar is probably full. It’s the time of year for parties upon parties. Holiday parties with friends, family, and coworkers abound. Some are more fun than others, but all of them are a chance to dress up.

But what do you wear to a holiday party? The answer is going to be different for your work party versus your end-of-year bash with the besties. I’ve been sourcing inspiration from the internet’s favorite It Girls and these are the most popular trends for this holiday season. And here’s how to make them work for your upcoming social events.

Beauty Must-Haves

Jelly Bean Hues: Of course, when it comes to beauty tips, there’s no one I trust more than Hailey Bieber. She leads the pack when it comes to trends, and this winter’s trend is jelly bean lips. The Rhode peptide lip treatment in this color is going to be everywhere this season — including on me. (Tower 28 is my favorite dupe if it’s sold out.)

A little bit of shimmer: I’ve been loving glittery, shimmery beauty looks — especially as accents to more natural makeup choices. I love minimal eye looks that are bare except for glitter. Or shimmering clear gloss. It’s a great way to add sparkles to the holidays without wearing sequins everywhere.

The red trend: What Sofia Richie says, goes. After she was spotted at NYFW this fall sporting pops of red — from turtlenecks to ballet flats — I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere. And while it might seem too obvious to wear red during the holidays, adding pops of red to your beauty looks is a good way to indulge. Think: nails, lots of blush, and of course a classic red lip.

Hair Goals

Ribbons and bows: Many of the holiday parties I’ve coveted invitations for, like the Goop holiday party, were full of bows as decor. Take a cue for your own look — festive hair is full of ribbons and bows.

Headbands: Headbands are in. Maybe another extension of balletcore, but they also feel appropriately festive.

Tinsel tresses: Love tinsel on the tree? I’ve been loving the look of braiding tinsel into your hair for a holiday party. It’s very Y2K and adds a subtle shimmer to your hair. In the words of Selena Gomez at a Disney Channel-era Teen Vogue party, “I like a little edge, a little pop in my hair, so I wanted to add something different.”

Business Bun: The slick back bun will never die. For a holiday work party, nothing says “standing on business” more than a no-nonsense bun. It’s stylish but also easy and professional for any occasion.

Dressing the Part

Sensible, but stylish, shoes: No need to wear heels all night this year if you don’t want to. If you feel like towering over the crowds in platforms, power to you. But this year’s trends are sensible-but-stylish shoes — for work parties to all-night dancing. Ballet flats, loafers, and even sneakers reign supreme this year. Ask your favorite influencers — they’re all rocking fashionable flats.

Winter whites: I’m pretty sure no one believes in the “no white after Labor Day” rule anymore. Everyone has been in their best winter whites. Both Kaia Gerber and Sydney Sweeney just popped out in all-white and I’m taking notes.

Classic metallic: Nothing says holiday party like metallic looks. But you don’t have to wrap yourself in silver or wear the latest Zara sequined dress. Opt for a gauzy silver or a hint of metallic hues to add dimension to your look.

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