The Frisky Guide To Dressing For Holiday Parties

You’ve probably been invited to at least one holiday party so far, and unless you live in a nudist colony, you can’t go to it naked. Here’s what we think you should put on this month if you want to impress your boss without showing him your boobs, dazzle your boyfriend’s family, or get festive in bed.

WORK PARTY

Chances are, you’ll be going straight from the office to the party, which is fine. Because we wouldn’t want you to be tempted to change into a sparkly mini-skirt, now would we? Put on a simple dress and a sparkly brooch, Michelle Obama-style. During the day, wear a blazer or cardigan on top. Come party-time, strip it off — and at least try to remember to stick to a sensible number of drinks.

  • Wool Herringbone Ella Dress, $188, JCrew.com
  • Faux-Quartz Star Pin, $65, JCrew.com
  • DINNER WITH HIS FAMILY

    When your boyfriend invites you to join his family for dinner during the holidays, don’t freak out. First, ask what his mom and sisters will be wearing (jeans or ballgowns?), and go from there. No matter what, do not dress like a slut or a school marm.

  • Jewel-Toned Dress, $32.99, Gap.com
  • Steel Beaded Hoops, $19.50, Gap.com
  • SPIKED HOT CHOCOLATE WITH THE GIRLS

    You’ve had to show a little restraint at that work party and when you ate ham with your BF and his family. This is your chance to get more revealing. But how risque can you really get in 20-degree weather?

  • Tiered Ruffle Dress, $24.80, Forever21.com
  • Jeweled Knit Headband, $5.80, Forever21.com
  • “MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET” MARATHON


    If you’re staying inside to watch the classics on TV — “Miracle on 34th Street,” “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “A Christmas Story” — you don’t have to worry about layering or frostbite and can finally wear this cute short-sleeved button-down with ruffles!

  • Ruffle-Placket Plaid Top, $44, Gap.com
  • Metallic Ruffle Flats, $39.50, Gap.com
  • GIFT EXCHANGE WITH YOUR GENTLEMAN FRIEND

    Does it matter what you wear, if anything? We didn’t think so. If you want to make things a little more “festive,” we suggest you don this and this under your clothes — then find the nearest mistletoe.

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