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    Just 48 Great Things To Wear To Any Type Of Holiday Party

    From casual to dressy to ugly sweater and everything in between.

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    1. A velvet midi dress I'm pretty sure was designed by Mary Poppins because it's practically perfect in every way.

    Promising review: "There are few words to describe this dress. It is absolutely gorgeous! Fit as expected and looks as pictured. The inside is silk, so it is super comfortable. It comes to a good length, I'm 5'7. It is stretchy so you could probably size down if you like a real fitted look, or size up to keep it loose, but I'd go with your true sizing. I would recommend this dress and many other Esprlia dresses to everyone. They really make some amazing dresses. Thank you! 😊" —Amanda Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in sizes 14W-22W and in 15 styles).

    2. Statement earrings – ~snow~ joke, everyone will be complimenting you on these and asking you where you got them as your proudly display your #BigEarringEnergy.


    Get it from Baublebar for $48.

    3. A pair of faux leather leggings that just might deceive people into thinking you really dressed up for the party, even though you'll feel comfy in leggings all night long.,

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good things about these. I have a really big butt, so I stared at the top of sizing and went down to my size medium as pictured. I’m about 175/180—80% of the weight is in my hips/butt, so I was shocked as I kept having to get smaller sizes but the mediums are PERFECT! I have 3 pairs already with another on the way. I legit live in either these or tights/skirt combo from October through May! You will LOVE these—find your size and order 10 pairs lol, but really." —daisy2589

    Get them from Amazon for $16.90 (available in sizes S-2X).

    4. A jumpsuit with a touch of '70s flair to ensure that you have a really ~groovy~ night.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $65 (available in sizes XS-XL and in green and black).

    5. A mesh mock neck tee to pair with a tank or a bralette underneath so you feel like you're showing a bit of skin but are still a little bit protected from the cold.

    Promising review: "I needed a cute shirt to go out in at the last minute and was so happy to find this on Amazon. I've seen similar designs on some of those trendy Instagram boutiques, and this is pretty much the same design for a better price. It looks beautiful in person and in photographs—several people have asked me where I got the top." —Karen Yoon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and 10 colors).

    6. A tulle midi dress that made my jaw drop to the floor when I saw it for the first time because it is absolutely gorgeous and would make anyone who wears it the ~star~ of the party.


    Get it from ModCloth for $199 (available in sizes XXS-4X).

    7. A sequined bodycon that'll hug all your curves and really make you feel like you're worth a million bucks without, you know, your actually having to pay a million bucks.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress. I ordered a small, and I am 5'3 120 lbs. The dress fit perfect I would definitely recommend this dress to anyone wanting to be the star of the party. The sequence on the dress was nicely sewn, and it didn't shed. I wore nude colored shoes to match the nude in the underlayer of the dress." —sc

    Get it from Amazon for $35.68 (available in sizes XS-L and in black and gold).

    8. A mock-turtleneck sweater with a touch of holiday flair for any more casual party you're invited to.


    Get it from H&M for $34.99 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    9. A velvet jacket you can add as a layer to any outfit to feel just a little bit fancier.


    Promising review: "The jacket is super cute on, and it is very comfortable. It's very dramatic and works with skinny jeans, leggings, and can even accessorize a dressier outfit. As others suggested, it could use a button to pull it together, and if you sew, that is any easy DIY fix. I'm going to buy a frog closure to sew on." —Joan V

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in 12 colors).

    10. A puff-sleeve top so ~on the dot~ of fashion everyone will probably think you're an Instagram star (or that you should be one).

    Urban Outfitters

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $79 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    11. A velvet bodycon – you'll want to strike a post immediately after sliding it on because your confidence level will go up by 500% percent.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely loved this dress. The color is beautiful and rich. It has a good stretch to it and fits great. I wore this dress to a black-tie formal Christmas party and got several compliments. I would definitely recommend buying the dress, as it looks 10 times more expensive than it is. If you are needing a formal dress but to want to spend much and still look great this is the dress to buy" —jennifer irwin

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99 (available in sizes S–XXL and nine colors).

    12. A maxi you ~gliterally~ won't be able to stop thinking about. Seriously, you may want to be invited to more holiday parties just so you can show it off more.


    Get it from ELOQUII for $179.95 (available in sizes 14-28 and in five colors).

    13. An sweater so festive and "ugly" it just might help you win the ugly sweater contest which you can then brag to all your friends about.


    Promising review: "I won the ugly Christmas sweater contest at work with this baby! People loved that it made a jingle bell sound too. The balls did pop off kind of easily, but they always popped right back into the socket, so it was no big deal. The sweater is really thick and heavy, so it definitely keeps you warm." —Jessica M.

    Get it from Amazon for $69.95 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    14. An absolutely gorgeous tinsel a-line dress you'll wear so often people will start calling you an outfit repeater, and you'll wear that title like the true queen you are. Lizzie McGuire would be so proud.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $149 (available in sizes 0-18).

    15. A peplum top that might just be the reason you have a little more ~pep~ in your step when you wear it.,

    Promising review: "This top is soooo flattering and looks more expensive than it was. It's easy to dress it up without any effort or discomfort. I loved it so much I bought the black too!" —Shopaholic!

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in nine styles).

    16. Twill pants you'll thank your lucky ~stars~ you have in your closet when you just don't feel like putting on a dress or, even worse, tights (because it is just too cold outside for that).


    Get them from ModCloth for $75 (available in sizes 00-28).

    17. A beaded dress just ~pearl-fect~ for any occasion, no matter if it's with your coworkers, friends, family, or just a normal Tuesday night when you want to feel a little bit more fabulous.,

    Promising review: "I love this dress! I have a bigger chest, and I was so worried about this dress fitting! I was pleasantly surprised that the material had some stretch to it, and it fit beautifully!! I love the details as well! I used the tie as a belt to make the dress a little shorter and give myself a waist!"—Kelly Fox

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in four colors).

    18. Christmas tree earrings designed to ~light up your life~ and make you smile every time you put them on.


    Get them from Francesca's for $14.

    19. A cape jumpsuit so you can feel like a true superhero, even if that means just bringing ice to the party because sometimes that's really what people need.

    Promising review: "This jumpsuit is SO unique!! Definitely a great buy if you want to make a HUGE statement! It has nice, stretchy fabric, and great length! If you're in between sizes, size up! It was just a *tiny* but snug on my bum, but still so so good!" —Ashley C

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in sizes XS-L and in black and red).

    20. A sequin bomber jacket to really out shine everyone and make you the true star you are. Go big or go home, am I right?


    Get it from Nordstrom for $69 (available in sizes XS-L).

    21. A stunning fit and flare that proves you don't have to sacrifice your style if you prefer to dress more modestly.,

    Promising review: "This dress is very comfortable. It fit like a glove. I loved that I could dress it up or down. It could be a light spring dress or a winter dress. I love it" —LMSA

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 12 styles).

    22. A Santa pajama set so good it has Buddy The Elf shaking in his boots and shouting, "SANTA?!? I KNOW HIM."

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $39.99 (available in sizes S-L).

    23. A metallic midi skirt you can pair with a blouse for a simple yet festive look you can still wear after the holiday season is over.

    Promising review: "This is a beautiful skirt; it looks just like in the product photos. The fabric actually feels very luxurious, not thin as you might expect from the price. It was a tremendous bargain at the price I paid. I absolutely love it!" —DoctorG

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in sizes XS-XL and in nine styles).

    24. A sweater that'll have you ~daschund-ing~ through the snow to get to the party so you can show this off to every. single. person. there.


    Get it from ASOS for $21 (available in sizes XS-L).

    25. A mini dress embellished with so many rhinestones it'll have you singing, "🎵Shine bright, shine far / Don't be shy, be a star / Where you live, where you are, be a star 🎵" in your head all night long.,

    Promising review: "This is my new favorite dress! This is such a cute dress. It is so comfy, and I don't feel like I have to worry about constantly pulling it down (such a plus!). I love the design, and I loved the fact this dress actually had designs on the back whereas some of the other dresses like this on Amazon had blank backs. I love how this dress fits, and it's so soft. I wore it to a Taylor Swift concert and everyone gave me so many compliments. And it ended up keeping me warm in the open-air arena when the chill started coming in. It was also nice to dance around and not worry about my dress. I would highly recommend this dress because it will become your favorite dress as fast as it became mine." —Dani M

    Get it from Amazon for $38.56+ (available in sizes XS–L).

    26. A silk tunic with sheer sleeves perfect for any party you know will be packed pretty full and, in turn, very warm – because in a situation like that, a sweater is not an option.

    Lilly Pulitzer

    Get it from Lily Pulitzer for $178 (available in sizes XXS-XL and in blue and red).

    27. A bodycon peplum that just might get named "THE MOST DRAMATIC LOOK YET.",

    Promising review: "This top is BEAUTIFUL! Seriously, the pictures do not do it justice. I ordered it in the royal blue, and the color is nice and vibrant. I am short (5'2) and the back just hits the floor (I was so worried about it being super long) It's beautiful. Get it now!!" —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes S-3X and in 30 styles).

    28. A sweatshirt that confirms it's totally okay if you keep the Christmas lights on until January because it's your place and you make the rules. Taylor would be so proud.


    Get it from IdeasByArianna on Etsy for $35.25 (available in sizes XS-5X and in white, black, or grey).

    29. A sequin cardigan for an extra layer that screams, "I'M FUN AND I LIKE TO HAVE FUN" without going overboard.,

    Promising review: "This really is prettier than I thought it was going to be! It looks like a nice quality too. This is a great piece for NYE or any glitzy night out." —jcd

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in sizes S-XXL and in 11 styles).

    30. A babydoll dress you'll want to twirl in and also steal four more Christmas cookies in because that's what this time of year is all about.

    Amour Vert

    Get it from Amour Vert for $178 (available in sizes XS-XL).

    31. A ruffled jumpsuit to help give you a ~jump~ start on a fashionable 2020. This is your year. Go for it.,

    Promising review: "I just got it today, and it looks and feels amazing. The material doesn't feel cheap at all. I'm 5"5' and the size I got is a size M and fits PERFECTLY! My family couldn't believe how pretty it is. Totally recommend this jumper." —Steph

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in four colors).

    32. A showstopping bootie you can wear with a dress? Yep! A skirt? Totally! Jeans? You got it!

    Chinese Laundry

    Get it from Chinese Laundry for $160 (available in sizes 5-11).

    33. A tunic dress with embroidered sleeves designed to make you feel just darling. So much so that you'll have to stop to take a pic.

    Promising review: "I love this dress! I got it for a wedding and got a lot of compliments on it. I sized up to be safe, but I probably didn’t have to. It would have given it a more slim fit but, I love how it came together. It's seemingly good quality. I highly recommend." —Caitlin Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 13 styles).

    34. A lace bodysuit with a mock neck and such an intricate design, everyone will be asking where you got it from.

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $24.99 (available in sizes 0X-3X and in red and cream).

    35. A tunic dress to help you ~sleigh~ every party you have on your calendar.


    Promising review: "I bought this dress so I can get into the season! I love it. I normally get a small but due to other reviews, I got a medium I am 5”3 around 146 pounds. The med fits good, but I do think a small would have fit great too! If you want a more snug look. Anyways, it's a great dress, and I love it!!!" —JESSICA-ASHLEY

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 43 styles).

    36. Some glitter sneakers for when you want to be festive but don't want to wear heels. I get it, sometimes your feet hurt and you need a break.

    Old Navy

    Get them from Old Navy for $32.99 (available in sizes 6-11).

    37. A pair of plaid leggings that are the perfect amount of festive without going overboard if you're not really sure if people are dressing up for the party., Amazon

    Promising review: "These are some really fun holiday leggings! I'm new to leggings (these are only my 3rd pair), and these are lighter weight than what I was expecting but they have a lovely texture—almost velvety without the bulk. I was skeptical that 'one size' would fit me or they would lose color pigment trying to stretch to cover my curves, but I was pleasantly surprised. They fit great (I'm 5'5" 160lbs), and they retained their vibrant colors. I'm truly thrilled with this purchase. I can't wait to rock these this Christmas!" —D. Lo

    Get them from Amazon for $11.99 (available in sizes S-5X and in one size).

    38. A metallic blouse and skirt outfit that'll be love at ~frost~ sight, I promise.


    Get the outfit from Target: $32.99+ (for the top; available in sizes XS-XXL and 1X-4X) and $36.99+ (for the skirt; available in sizes 2-16 and 16W-26W).

    39. A lace top that looks just as good with pants as it does with a skirt and having options is always a good thing., Amazon

    Promising review: "First, let me say I am really picky about my clothes. So much so, that if I find something I like, I will get several of them because that happens all too rarely. I love, love, love this shirt. I bought it for myself for the holidays this year and I am super excited to wear it. It fits like a glove, and the quality is surprisingly nice. The lace is SOFT. I HATE LACE and almost never wear it, but this shirt made me realize that lace can be soft. I only tried in on the one time, so I haven't washed it or anything yet, I'm hoping it can stand up to that, at least in some sort of garment bag." —Xine

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in sizes S-XL and in black, black/gold, and white).

    40. A velvet blazer you'll feel so ~smooth~ putting on and then walking into the room like you own the place because, well, maybe you do (or one day you will).

    Forever 21

    Get it from Forever 21 for $39.99 (available in sizes S-L and in pink and blue). Also, get the sequin bike shorts in the outfit above also from Forever 21 for $24.99 (available in sizes XS-L).

    41. A sequin mini dress so you can celebrate New Year's Eve in style *and* comfort because there's really no other way to start 2020.,

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by this purchase! So glad I purchased this dress. I got so many compliments on it, and it was very comfortable all night long. The fit was fantastic! I especially love the light elastic at the hem of the dress. It kept the dress from sliding up! I love it!" —Michael Long

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99 (available in sizes 16-24 and in four colors).

    42. A necklace that makes a statement: You like the holidays and like dressing up but only if you can do it in a classy way.


    Promising review: "I was looking for a fun holiday necklace, and this is beautiful. The length is perfect (it sits right below the collar bone), and you can dress it up or down. It comes with a nice pouch for travelling. The clasp looks like part of the chain, which makes this look even nicer. What a great deal!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    43. A JW Jason Wu for Kohl's floral dress that'll look just as good at your work holiday party as it will next October when you wear it to work again. Dresses don't have to be specifically for once a year. You can wear this darling all year long.


    Get it from Kohl's for $44.99 (available in sizes XS-XXL).

    44. A v-neck blouse people will probably think you spent your whole holiday bonus on when, in fact, you put most of it in savings and "splurged" on this little number.,

    Promising review: "I wore this for a formal event with a long skirt and was comfortable all evening. It’s a heavier, more quality fabric than I was expecting. Perfect for a winter event. I didn’t wear it all the way off my shoulders like the photo shows it." —DeeJ

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in sizes 8-20 and in black, white, and green).

    45. A festive tee to ~spice~ up your winter wardrobe and also help you find out what your friends and family really want for Christmas because "I don't know" doesn't really help you when you're wandering around the mall trying to find the perfect gift for your dad.


    Get it from Femfetti on Etsy for $22.40 (available in sizes XS-4X).

    46. A midi dress with a laser cut-out design on the sleeves and bottom hem that adds an interesting detail to a classic silhouette.


    Promising review: "Fantastic buy! What a steal!! This is such a nice dress. It’s definitely a midi length with good lining so it’s not see-through. The fabric seems pretty durable, and there is a good amount of stretch at the waistline." —Carley

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in sizes 0X–3X and in green, red, and black).

    47. A skirt you'll be ~plaid~ to have because it will go perfectly with that trusty black turtleneck you have in your closet.

    J.Crew Factory

    Get it from J.Crew Factory for $44.50 (available in sizes 00-24).

    48. And a onesie because you're ~one~ of a kind and can pull this off at any party, but also Christmas morning., Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this onesie for my school's pajama day, and I only expected to wear it once a year. I have to admit—I wear it at home all the time. It is SO COMFORTABLE." —Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $21.26 (available in sizes XS-XL and in seven styles).

    Showing up to every holiday party like:

    Finishing the Hat

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