For many, dressing up for the holidays is one of the most looked forward to times of the year — sparkly dresses, velvet accessories, seasonal shirts that only see the light of day once a year. Christmas dinner is the time to be festive in your style of dress and your spirit. It’s a fun time to try out new fashion trends or even a bold shade of lipstick. It’s simple to add some festive elements to your outfit while remaining fashionable and elegant.
Here are some ways to add some festive yet stylish fashion elements to your wardrobe for your upcoming Christmas dinner with family — you can even use these tips for dressing up for holiday parties and festive work events throughout the month.
Sparkles aren’t something you can wear all year, they tend to have their moment during the holiday season, with a grand finale on New Year’s Eve. So break out a sparkly blouse or dress to wear to your Christmas dinner. You can opt for an item with intricate beaded detailing or sequins, and you can pick a sparkly item in any color you choose, though colors like red, gold, and black tend to be most common around a Christmas dinner table.
If you want something a little more understated, you can wear a pair of sparkly flats or sparkly high-heeled shoes with a classic black dress or pair of skinny jeans. All in all, if your outfit has sparkles you’re bound to look like the festive life of the party on Christmas.
The holiday season is lipstick season as lipsticks in colors like classic red and deep wintry hues like plum and burgundy come into play. The right lipstick can make any outfit pop and adds a certain sense of style to a look, too. Wear a bold lipstick to Christmas dinner with any outfit you please — a good red lip goes with anything, as do bold, dark lipsticks. For a simple yet stylish look, wear a women’s white blouse with your most festive holiday lipstick to let the lip shade shine. You can even swipe a layer of lip gloss on top to add some literal shine to the look.
A fun, bold women’s skirt in a festive print like tartan or a jewel-tone color like emerald green is a great showcase piece for a holiday meal. Wear it with a simple black scoop neck top or a buttoned-up black cardigan for a complete look.
Just two items — a statement skirt and a simple black top — can create an outfit for your Christmas dinner that will be the talk of the party and will look excellent in photos.
Velvet has its moment in December. The classic fabric is synonymous with the holiday season, and items like shirts, women's dresses, headbands, and hair ties are all available in the fun fabric. Get a velvet item in a rich, festive color like burgundy or dark green to wear to your Christmas day gathering. If you opt for a velvet dress, wear it with a pair of patterned black tights and a pair of flats. If you buy a statement velvet headband, wear it with a chic black dress and let the headband be the focal point.
For a velvet top, you can try wearing a black velvet shirt with black pants and a pair of short booties.
Arrive at the dinner party in style in one of our stylish, warm, and seasonal winter coats. A long wool coat in a classic color like camel or black is great to wear over a festive outfit. Pair the coat with a scarf in a happy color or print to make the outfit shine. If you’re looking for something with a little more pizazz, try out a peacoat in a bright color or fun pattern like herringbone.
In the end, make sure your outfit for your upcoming Christmas dinner is as fun as it is functional. It’s the time of year when sparkles, bright lipstick, seasonal fabrics, and fun prints are appropriate at any gathering, no matter how formal or casual. Above all, festivity is key — dress for a party and enjoy all of the magic that the holiday season offers.