Best Holiday Party Outfits

How to Style a Sweater for a Holiday Party

The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s officially the start of the holiday party season. Whether you’re someone who gets into the full swing of holiday parties with several nights of events in a row, or you’ve just got one or two soirees on your calendar, everyone's ready to get into the festive spirit and celebrate with family, friends, or colleagues. And since these parties are special occasions, we, of course, want to look our best for them.

If you’re starting to think about an outfit for a holiday party on your agenda, or if you’re trying to pick out a few looks for back-to-back evenings of events, women’s sweaters are likely top of mind. After all, they’re also oh-so-practical for going out and about on chilly evenings, and sweaters are also super easy to dress up. Read on for tips on how to style your favorite sweaters for any holiday shindigs you have lined up this season.

With Dress Pants

By wearing the right sweater with the right pair of dress pants, you’re guaranteed to look stylish enough for any holiday event without sacrificing any comfort, so this first styling idea is a win-win.

While there are endless combinations of dress pants and sweaters that’ll work for a holiday party, one of the best combos begins with a flattering and effortlessly elegant cashmere sweater in a lovely pearl heather gray or a classic and versatile black. Wear this sweater with a pair of high-rise velvet straight-leg ankle pants in a dressy print like ivory and black houndstooth or a solid hue like deep mulberry or dark blue velvet. You’ll feel and look your best all evening with a velvet and cashmere outfit on, and you can complete this versatile look with some kitten heels or ballet flats and either a statement necklace or some drop earrings.

Over a Dress

Another great way to style a sweater for a holiday party is over a women’s dress. There are several ways to combine a sweater with a dress to create a perfect holiday party look, so you can tailor this suggestion to fit your style preferences and the vibe of the event you have in mind.

One option here is a polished short sleeve ponte dress in black or navy. Layer an ivory or cream cashmere cardigan sweater over this versatile dress. Or, opt for a fit and flare dress with an elegant open-front drape cardigan in comfy cotton material. Complete either of these looks with some festive shimmery tights, plus booties or ballet flats and your favorite holiday-themed earrings or a statement necklace that ties the look together. Or, opt for a fit and flare dress with an elegant open-front drape cardigan in comfy, cotton material.

With Corduroy Leggings

For a holiday soiree look that’s as stylish as it is comfortable, pair some dressy corduroy leggings with a tunic sweater. The look of straight-leg skinny leggings pairs oh-so-well with a long tunic and creates a streamlined silhouette that’s sure to fit and flatter in all of the right ways. This combination is also an effortless way to achieve a dressy look for all of the holiday events on your schedule.

Opt for a pair of velvety-soft high-rise corduroy leggings in a navy blue and black tapestry print or a lovely and seasonally on-point forest moss hue. Pair these bottoms with an ivory quarter-length sleeve mock neck cable tunic sweater and some black ballet flats or heeled booties. Add some festive earrings or a necklace to this look to bring some of that holiday cheer with you wherever you go!

Over an Oxford Shirt

Sweaters also look great as a top layer over an Oxford button-up shirt for a holiday event. While there are a ton of different sweater styles to try for this pairing, a crewneck or v-neck is a guaranteed match over your go-to white button-up. This is also a great way to debut your favorite print Christmas sweater like a crew neck Fair Isle option. Or, if you prefer to stick to solid hues on top, opt for a festive red, forest green, or classic navy cashmere v-neck pullover sweater instead.

You can pair this combination with anything from dress pants to crushed velvet or corduroy leggings or a pencil skirt and shimmery tights, depending on your style preferences and the vibe of the event you’re getting ready for.

With these outfit ideas in mind, you’ll be covered in sweater weather style for any holiday soiree. We hope your season is filled with lots of seasonal treats and memorable gatherings with family, friends, and colleagues!


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