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Posted on December 20, 2018 by Linda Hartman

The Dos and Don’ts of What to Wear to a Holiday Party

It’s hard to believe that 2018 will soon be coming to an end, and 2019 will be here before we know it. But before the new year arrives, this season is bringing us family get-togethers, holiday celebrations with friends, and work Christmas parties.

Even though you might wear something different to a ladies’ Christmas brunch than you would to a holiday work party, there are a few rules you should always follow, no matter where you’re celebrating.

Here’s our guide to the dos and don’ts of holiday party attire:

DO: Slightly Match Your Date’s Look

Taking a date to your holiday celebration? If you want to look in-sync with your date, incorporate the same color palette in each of your looks. If you’re wearing a red dress, have your date wear a red pocket square. If one of you is wearing sequins, the other can wear the same color of sparkle in an accessory. Even though matching might make you the couple of the evening, there’s one thing to keep in mind: Don’t overdo it. Matching is romantic, however, you’ll want to complement each other rather than dueling over which look is best.

DON’T: Wear a Dress Too Short for Comfort

Holiday parties allow you to let loose, enjoy a night off, and celebrate the season in style. But if you’re wearing a dress or skirt you feel uncomfortable in, you’ll most likely not get to enjoy the night as much. When you’re shopping for your holiday party attire, move around in it. Practice some dance moves, raise your arms, and even pretend to hug someone. This is the ultimate comfort test that needs to be passed before you commit.

DO: Wear Something You Feel Amazing in

Since you will want to let loose at your party, you’ll need to wear an outfit that you feel confident in. Red, green, gold, and silver might be common holiday party colors, but what color makes you the most confident? What type of clothing do you feel the most comfortable in? And, will you enjoy seeing yourself in photos in the look you’re wearing? A party dress might be common, but you might feel your best in pants. Rather than a red sequin dress, try a color like rose gold or burgundy that might look better with your skin tone. Whatever you wear, make sure your personality shines through!

DON’T: A Stained Garment From Another Party

You don’t always have to buy a new garment for every party you attend. But one rule you should follow is ensuring that whatever you wear is in its best condition. If you’ve worn a dress, jacket, suit, or gown to another event, you might consider a professional dry cleaning before the next one. This will eliminate any stains you collected during your last holiday party — a spot on your look isn’t the accessory you’ll want to bring along with you.

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