5 Cute Outfit Ideas for Your Holiday Season Events

Here’s what to wear for everything you’ll be doing over break.

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With its hot chocolate and cookies, winter break also brings us plethora of events that each come with their own fashion needs. It is, after all, the season of togetherness –we’re all going to be spending time with our friends and families and want to look fabulous while doing so!

Here are five outfit ideas for common events you might be attending over winter break!

Ugly Sweater Party

It’s pretty much inevitable that you’ll be invited to an ugly sweater party (AKA a “Tacky Christmas Sweater Party”) sometime this winter break. Obviously, the whole point of the party is to showcase a totally tacky sweater, but that doesn’t mean the rest of your outfit has to be ugly!

What to Wear to an Ugly Sweater Party

Ugly sweater party outfit: What to wear to an ugly sweater party with Olaf Christmas sweater, faux leather skirt, green crossbody bag, over the knee boots, triangle stud earrings, and a star necklace

Products: Christmas Sweater – Amazon, Skirt – Nordstrom, Boots – Lulu’s, Crossbody Bag – Amazon, Earrings – Amazon, Necklace – Nordstrom

If you have an ugly sweater party to go to, try wearing your ugly Christmas sweater with a cute high waisted skirt and over-the-knee boots. You’ll fulfill the theme requirement, but still look totally cute. Add a crossbody bag in a contrasting Christmassy hue. (If your sweater is green, wear a red bag; if your sweater is red, go green!) Finish with simple sparkly jewelry.

Dinner with the Boyfriend’s Parents

If you’re dating someone, the holidays are usually a time when you’ll be spending a bit of time with your significant other’s family. While you want to showcase your style and look great, these occasions usually call for outfits that are a bit more conservative or dressy than what you’d usually wear, especially if you’re meeting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents for the first time!

What to Wear to Dinner with the Boyfriend’s Parents

What to wear to dinner with a significant other's parents: Boyfriends parents meet the parents dinner outfit with gray sweater dress, camel coat, knit infinity scarf, velvet ankle booties, chain strap bag, tights, red lipstick, lariat necklace

Products: Sweater Dress – AEO, Scarf – H&M, Coat – Amazon, Bag – Nordstrom, Tights – Amazon, Boots – Amazon, Lipstick – MAC, Necklace – Revolve

A good tip is to dress how you would for a religious ceremony — respectful, but fashionable. Nothing crazy, not too much skin, and nothing extremely tight. You want to show these people what a classy girl you are! Highlight your style with pieces with an interesting, simple additions. Here, I paired a simple sweater dress with tights, velvet ankle booties (these ones come in tons of fun colors!), and a statement coat. I also added a pretty scarf and chain strap bag.

Meeting with Friends from High School

Whether it’s at an official reunion or at an alumni holiday party, you’ll probably be meeting up with a bunch of people you used to go to school with.

Since they haven’t seen you in a while, you have the perfect opportunity to impress them with your new college attitude and style. Just because you used to wear graphic tees and flares daily doesn’t mean you have to now. Use the occasion to wear something more grown up and reflective of your new style.

What to Wear When Meeting with Friends from High School

Night out with friends outfit: Ripped jeans, eyelash lace tank, slouchy cardigan, layered necklaces, studded belt, Chelsea boots, stacked rings, Tarte toasted eyeshadow palette

Products: Cami – ShowPo, Necklaces – Amazon, Cardigan – Nordstrom, Jeans – Topshop, Palette – Tarte, Belt – Nordstrom, Shoes – Nordstrom, Rings – Mango

This outfit is the perfect mix of casual, edgy, and sophisticated all in one. Start with classic black ripped jeans and a tank with lace detailing. Add a cozy-soft cardigan over top to dress the look down. Next, rock pointed-toe ankle booties and add a studded belt for interest. Complete the look with layered, thin necklaces and stacked rings.

Christmas Morning

If you celebrate Christmas, you know that Christmas morning can be one of the best days of winter break. If your family is anything like mine, Christmas morning usually includes waking up early, eating breakfast as a family, and opening all of our presents. Also, it normally involves taking lots of pictures – so you don’t want to wear ratty old pants and an oversized tee!

What to Wear on Christmas Morning

Christmas morning outfit with bralette, cozy thermal top, fluffy slippers, Stranger Things mug, plaid pajama pants, velvet scrunchie

Products: Bralette – Amazon, Top – Boodywear, Slippers – Amazon, Pajama Pants – Nordstrom, Mug – Amazon, Scrunchie – Prettylittlething

Christmas morning is a great time to wear your favorite cozy-soft long sleeve top (love this eco-friendly one by Boodywear), cute pajamas, and comfy slippers. Throw in a scrunchie for some throwback appeal. This look is cozy and traditional — something that totally brings back childhood memories!

New Years Eve

If you’re a glamour girl, you probably love NYE. It’s a night where anything goes, from feathers to sequins to crazy bright colors,

New Years Eve is all about making a serious impression with your style. Attention-grabbing skirts and dresses are par for the course, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t rock jeans, leather leggings, or a trendy jumpsuit. Grab something you can dance in and put on the glitz: it’s time to channel your inner glamazon!

What to Wear on New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve outfit: What to wear on new year's with lace-up bodysuit, sequin skirt, nude pumps, leather jacket, lip gloss, statement earrings

Products: Bodysuit – Nordstrom, Skirt – Boohoo, Lip Gloss – Ulta, Jacket – Nasty Gal, Earrings – J.Crew, Heels – LastCall

This outfit is all about placing the glitz and glam in a few strategic spots. Start with a statement making sequin skirt and pair it with a simple but eye-catching lace-up bodysuit in beige. Add neutral pumps for a classic feel and a star-studded leather jacket for warmth. Finish with jeweled statement earrings and a swipe of iridescent gloss.

Your thoughts?

What are you all wearing for the holiday events in your lives? Is there anything you go to or do every year that I missed? Let me know in the comments section!

Editor’s note: This post was originally published in 2009; it was completely updated and revamped in 2017 with new photos, outfit sets, and information.

19 thoughts on “5 Cute Outfit Ideas for Your Holiday Season Events”

  1. Could you please prescribe something dressier for New Years. I’m having a major dilemma over what kind of outerwear to wear to a formal event over my dress. My boyfriends mom is wearing a fur coat and it is a black tie event. I have no idea what to wear that I can afford.

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  2. I actually have a huge love for tacky sweaters! The uglier and tackier, the better! lol It’s a guilty pleasure…

    I am also in LOVE with the “dinner with boyfriend’s parents” outfit and the “christmas morning” outfit! So adorable!!! I like looking put together and cute during the day, but I also like to look cute when I’m relaxing at home and I love nice pajamas!

    Great post 🙂

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  3. I love this post! I’m definitely going to be spending a TON of time with the boyfriend’s parents, and the New Years posts really got me thinking about what I want to wear for New Years!

    Could you maybe do a post on Holiday hairstyles?

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  4. I am so having an ugly sweater party now, what a fantastic idea! I must say though, that dress for meeting the boyfriend’s parents would not be something I would try to wear, its a little dowdy.

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  5. I agree with Michelle! A post on holiday hairstyles and make-up would be great! 🙂

    Great post I’m loving all of these outfits especially the dinner with the boyfriends parents.

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  6. These outfits are awesome!
    Although, I wouldn’t wear the last one, too glamazon for me. And hey! That tacky sweater is cute, I don’t think it’s ugly at all! A little cutesy, maybe, but not ugly. Trust me, I know ugly Christmas sweaters, and I’m glad you picked one less on the hideous side and more on the trendy side. I’ve never heard of Ugly Sweater Parties, do those really exist?! That’s hilarious.

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  7. “If the dress below is to over-the-top for you, just substitute your favorite long-sleeved frock or pair a short-sleeved dress with a cardigan.”

    I think it’s supposed to be “too,” not ‘”to.” Just throwing it out there. Great post!

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  8. This is a very very helpful and pretty post. I just had an ugly sweater party and I had no idea to find anything that goes with that sweater to make it look cuter and more up-to-date. I think you should have another post that shows us how to do the make up with each outfit though. A pretty face also boost up the outfit a lot.

    Over all, love this post! <3

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  9. This article is just what I needed. Thanks! Some really cute outfits and it is nice to have some guidelines for different occasians.

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  10. I really, really love the outfit for having dinner with your boyfriends parents–very stylish yet classy. I was waiting for someone to post outfit ideas on this subject, because I am always so freaked out about what to wear to my boyfriend’s family functions (even though we’ve been together over 3 years now…)! However, I am on an extremely tight budget and as much as I love the lace TopShop tunic, its a bit out of my price range. Any chance you could throw out some other dress/tunic outfit ideas for dinner with the bf’s family where the dress part of the outfit is say about $50 or under?

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  11. I love ugly sweater parties!!! They’re so silly and fun. Glad you put that in the post.
    And that forever 21 tunic in the outfit for meeting with high school friends is now on my gift list. It’s really cute.

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  12. Macbarbie07 from YouTube copied this entire thing on one of her most recent videos. I was like hey that’s really familiar!!

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