Tips for Choosing the Right Attire for a Holiday Party

Are you feeling overwhelmed when it comes to selecting attire for a holiday party? Whether you’re attending a black-tie gala or a business casual office party, it’s important to look your best. You should always opt for the perfect blend of style and comfort that also shows off your fun personality. With that in mind, we’ve selected ten holiday party looks to give you fashion inspiration this holiday season.

Holiday Party Looks for Women

From New Year’s Eve weddings to white tie events, there’s always something going on during the holidays. Consider the five popular pieces below if you’re not sure what to wear to a party in the winter.

Animal Prints

Everybody looks great in animal prints, so they should be a wardrobe staple during the colder months. Many designers are reimagining animal prints to keep them fresh and exciting, whether you’re layering or wearing them head-to-toe. Here are a few ways you can incorporate animal prints into your holiday party attire:

  • Leopard-print sweaters
  • Snakeskin boots
  • White faux fur coats
  • Tortoiseshell bags


Who doesn’t love a good pair of booties in the winter? This versatile option can be worn with just about anything, from dark skinny jeans to cute party dresses. Booties come in a variety of materials and opening styles, and many of them have solid arch support to keep you comfortable and chic.


If you don’t already own a jumpsuit, it’s time to add one to your closet! Along with being comfortable and easy to wear, jumpsuits are versatile and look great dressed up or down. The long pants will keep your legs warm, and you can easily layer over it with a sweater. Jumpsuits are an especially great daytime holiday party attire option.

Jumpsuits might seem like a plain option at first, but they can come with a lot of embellishments. These include:

  • Playful materials (e.g. chiffon)
  • Ruffles
  • Draping
  • Flared legs
  • Belts
  • Strapless or one strap options


Plaid (otherwise known as tartan) is one of our favorite holiday party looks for women. And buffalo plaid is especially popular at the moment. The traditional red and green pattern is perfect for a Christmas party, but don’t limit yourself to these colors.

You can opt for a plaid dress with metallics woven into it, or a slim-fit plaid pant suit if you live in a colder area. Just be sure to dress up plaid with jewelry and other accessories to create a soft, feminine look.

Textured Fabrics

Textured fabrics are all the rage this season, especially for holiday party attire and New Year’s dresses. Textures can dress up even the simplest of outfits to help you feel like a queen at your next event. Here’s a short list of your options when it comes to textured fabrics:

  • Sequins
  • Velvet
  • Tulle
  • Chiffon
  • Jewel embellishments (e.g. pearls)
  • Shimmery fabrics
  • Metallics

Holiday Party Looks for Men

Don’t worry guys — we didn’t forget about you! If you’re not sure how to choose the right attire for a holiday party, the five pieces below are the perfect place to start.

Dinner Suits

Also referred to as a tuxedo, a classic dinner suit is perfect for any black tie event you’re attending this season. Dinner suits are less formal than white tie attire, but more formal than business attire. Many men wear black dinner suits, but you can stand out from the crowd by opting for midnight blue.

Make sure your dinner suit is complete with the following elements:

  • Dinner (or tuxedo) jacket with lapels
  • Dress shirt with cuffs and turndown collar
  • Trousers
  • Cummerbund
  • Bow tie
  • Shirt studs and cufflinks
  • Dress socks
  • Patent leather shoes

Festive Socks

Going to a casual holiday party at your workplace or a fun dinner out with family? Don’t forget the fun socks! They’ll keep your ankles warm, and you’ll also be the life of the party. The small details look like patterns to the naked eye, but up close, they add a touch of whimsical sophistication.

Look for socks with the following fun elements:

  • Santa
  • Reindeer
  • Christmas trees
  • Snowflakes
  • Gingerbread men
  • Candy canes


Don’t avoid patterns! While they aren’t appropriate for super formal white tie events, you can mix patterns into almost any other attire. We recommend sticking with wintery, seasonal colors, like white, dark reds, and dark greens.

If you’re going to a casual, festive party, opt for a plaid or herringbone suit. You can also jazz up a black tie optional gathering with a colorful bow tie or a printed dress shirt. Along with patterns, you might also add a different texture to your ensemble, like velvet.


If you’re looking to mix it up when it comes to footwear, don’t overlook a good pair of loafers. Loafers are a great choice for everything from casual Friday at the office to sophisticated New Year’s suits. There are a variety of loafer options out there, including:

  • Penny loafers
  • Tassel loafers
  • Moc loafers
  • Apron loafers

Wool Vests

Every man should have at least one wool vest in his closet. This classic layering option looks great, and it will also help you stay warm during the cold winter months. Plus, wool is extremely comfortable and can be worn effortlessly during even the longest dinner parties.

We’d love to see what you’re wearing this holiday season! Just tag us using @colesonfineclothiers when you post your pictures to Facebook. If you need help finding the perfect attire for a holiday party, our personal shoppers and master tailors are here to help you select a bespoke outfit for any occasion. Book a consultation today!