8 No-Fail Festive Holiday Looks
From the office party to the after-party
You did it—you made it to the final stretch of holiday soirees and celebrations.
Now that you’ve already attended a million different parties, chances are you’re probably pretty burnt-out in terms of outfit inspiration. Don’t worry, that’s why we're here.
Below, you’ll find eight trend-focused, no-fail holiday party looks to get you through the rest of the month in style, along with expert advice from stylist Lex Robinson. From how to wear your favorite off-the-shoulder frocks in subzero temperatures to lessons in mixing prints and textures, we’ve got you covered.
So, if you find yourself still scratching your head at what to wear to your next sweater-themed festivity or big New Year’s Eve night out, keep scrolling for a bit of inspiration.
Photographer: Alejandro CabezutStylist: Lex RobinsonMakeup: Regan RabanalHair: Anthony Joseph Hernandez at ArtmixNails: Michelle MatthewsCasting: Amber BekModels: Mariama Diallo at Silent, Dasha Ilyushchyts at EliteVideo: Charlotte PragerDigital: Tom CurcurutoStylist Assistants: India Williams, Domino Zou, Will Kuhn
Disco queenNew Year’s Eve is a reason to channel your inner disco queen—even if it is frigid outdoors. Grab the wildest metallic jacket you can find (the more textured, the better) and pair with a classic holiday skirt for a practical all-night party look.
Fashion: Mariama is wearing a Laurence and Chico jacket, a Sacai skirt, Kendall + Kylie boots, and Gucci sunglasses.Makeup: Mariama is wearing M.A.C Lipglass in 'New Galaxy.'Hair (same throughout): Mariama is wearing Bumble & bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer, Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream, Bumble and bumble Spray de Mode, and Oribe Apres Beach Wave and Shine Spray.
Plaid on plaid (on plaid)Is there any print that screams holiday more than plaid? Robinson pairs different plaids and tartans together for a statement-making twist on this seasonal classic. Of course, don’t forget a proper dose of sequins and Western boots to keep it on trend.
Fashion: Dasha is wearing a Hilfiger Collection blazer, sweater, and skirt, a Christian Dior choker, and Henri Bendel earrings.Makeup: Dasha is wearing M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in ‘Feels So Grand’ and M.A.C Lipglass Clear (both worn on the eye).Hair (same throughout): Dasha is wearing Oribe Foundation Mist, Bumble and bumble Thickening Spray, Kerastase Laque Noire, and Shu Uemura Texture Wave.
Suited upPantsuits are still having a moment, so there’s no reason you can’t channel your inner boss babe at the holiday party. Robinson suggests opting for a suit that makes a statement and pairing it with a metallic blouse for an extra pop.
Fashion: Mariama is wearing a Redemption suit and blouse and Christian Louboutin shoes.Makeup: Mariama is wearing M.A.C Strobe Cream, M.A.C In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara, Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment, and Oribe Illuminating Face Powder in 'Sunlit.'
Naughty or nice?Pair sweeter silhouettes with leather and mesh for a look that screams both naughty and nice.
Fashion: Dasha is wearing a Faith Connexion bodysuit, a Redemption skirt, and Guess boots.Makeup: Dasha is wearing M.A.C Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in ‘Feels So Grand’ and M.A.C Lipglass Clear (both worn on the eye).
The warm-shoulder off-the-shoulder There’s no denying that an off-the-shoulder dress adds drama and glamour to a party look, but the holiday season means some pretty cold temperatures. The solution? Throw your favorite bold, sparkly knit underneath your favorite cold-shoulder frock. “This way, you can stay warm and add a pop of color,” says Robinson. Nope, no cold shoulders here.
Fashion: Mariama is wearing a Zimmerman dress, a Tibi sweater, and A-morir sunglasses.Makeup: Mariama is wearing M.A.C Strobe Cream, M.A.C In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara, Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment, and Oribe Illuminating Face Powder in 'Sunlit.'
Clashing classicsWe all love mixing prints, and we get to have even more fun when it comes to the holidays. Pair your sparkling stripes with metallic polka dots for a truly show-stopping look that’ll bring you from work to drinks.
Fashion: Dasha is wearing a Marc Jacobs dress (worn as shirt), Topshop pants, Christian Louboutin shoes, a Henri Bendel bracelet, and a Shiny Squirrel ring.Makeup: Dasha is wearing M.A.C Strobe Cream, M.A.C In Extreme Dimension Lash Mascara, Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment, and Oribe Illuminating Face Powder in 'Sunlit.'
The anti-ugly Christmas sweaterI think we can all agree that it's time to ditch the “ugly Christmas sweater" idea. The next time someone convinces you to attend a sweater-themed gathering, show up in a sleek striped turtleneck. It’s like a fashion candy cane (with no reindeer embellishments in sight.)
Fashion: Mariama is wearing a Tory Burch sweater and skirt, Fendi boots, and a Henri Bendel choker.Makeup: Mariama is wearing M.A.C Glitter in '3D Silver' and '3D Gold,' and M.A.C 24 Hour Eye Base (as base).
"Santa Baby," but make it athleisureLook, sometimes we just really want to stick with the party theme, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it a fashionable endeavor. Incorporate laid-back athleisure pieces into your party look to ensure you’re the chicest Santa of the evening.
Fashion: Mariama is wearing a Valentino bodysuit, an Adam Selman dress, LÏ shoes, and stylist's own hat.Makeup: Mariama is wearing M.A.C Glitter in '3D Silver' and '3D Gold,' and M.A.C 24 Hour Eye Base (as base).