Holiday Party SOS: How to Put Together a Festive Outfit

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There's nothing like a holiday party to add to the stress level of the season. Figuring out what to wear, how conservative to dress at your office party, or how much glitter is too much glitter can be challenging. When you add final exams, gift shopping, and travel to the mix, anxiety around this time of year is a given.

If you need a little help with that festive fatigue situation, look no further. Below are tips and tricks on how to dress for Christmas parties and four reasonably priced outfit ideas to inspire you.

Tips on Dressing for a Holiday Party:

  • Company party? Show off your style, but keep it buttoned up. If there's one time of year when you can really showcase your style in the workplace, it's the office Christmas party. You can wear a cool jumpsuit or glitter-emblazoned shoes, but make sure it's not too overwhelming. Stay professional and dial back the skin.
  • Focus your outfit around one or two pieces. If you have found a gorgeous dress, a pair of killer stilettos, or a sequin top, then base your entire outfit around it and work from there.
  • Say yes to texture. Your favorite go-to in these cold months may be a long-sleeve tee and jeans, but a holiday Christmas party is the perfect opportunity to turn up the twinkle. Reach for a silky dress, a sequin skirt, or a faux leather-paneled shirt.
  • Jewels are an essential. Like we always say here at College Fashion, the bigger the baubles, the better.

 The Jumpsuit...

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Product Information: Jumpsuit - Express, Jacket - Target, Shoes - Charlotte Russe, Bag - Daily Look, Lipstick - ELF

Jumpsuits can be red hot, even without the scarlet shoes. This one from Express is as comfortable and easy as it gets while still looking high-fashion. This faux leather blazer from Target elevates the entire ensemble to whole other level.

Red platform pumps and a swipe of red lipstick add extra sexiness to this menswear-inspired look. Bucket bags are ultra chic this season too, and we can't help but covet this quilted one.

The Moto Jacket...

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Product Information: Jacket - American Eagle Outfitters, Tank - American Eagle Outfitters, Skirt - Maurice's, Shoes - Charlotte Russe, Bag - Express, Earrings - Bauble Bar

Who knew biker jackets could be classed up for the holiday season? For festive flair, rock it with a sequin skirt and a plain white camisole. Strappy platform heels and edgy studs are the perfect accessories for this look. A sleek red bag is the only other side dish you need for your glamorous outfit.

The Jewels...

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Product Information: Dress - H&M, Shoes - Zara, Necklace - Boohooo, Rings - Forever 21 & Forever 21, Nail Polish - Kohl's

The only thing more glamorous than this red carpet-worthy dress is pairing it with massive jewels. You don't have to deck out your body in real ice when there are so many phenomenal faux rocks at our favorite fast fashion stores, including Forever 21.

Zara can hook you up in the shoe department with these cool metal heeled court shoes. To stay a little cute, Essie's glossy deep green shade, called "Stylenomics," is a nice little swipe of Christmas for your fingernails that doesn't look too cliché.

The Dress...

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Product Information: Dress - H&M, Shoes - ASOS, Bag - Go Jane, Earrings - Nordstrom Rack, Bracelet - Forever 21

If there's a swanky black tie event on your roster this holiday season (lucky you!), you don't have to spend your entire paycheck on a gown. H&M has several gorgeous floor length numbers in stock this season to spare you the heartache of having to hunt for a reasonably priced gown. This one, with a gold metal waist detail, is as luxurious as it gets.

Pair the dress with cobalt pumps and a faux calf hair bag with gold accents. A classy cuff and chandelier earrings tie the look back to the dress.

What will you be wearing to your holiday parties this year?

Which look speaks to you the most? Would you wear any of these outfits? What are your tips on dressing for a company Christmas party? Comment below and let us know what you think!