From charity galas to Christmas office parties to casual nights with friends, here are Christmas party dresses & holiday outfit ideas for every occasion!

Hey gorgeous! Christmas is almost here and parties are coming up starting tonight! Whether you have a formal gala to go to, an office party or a casual gathering with friends or family, here are some great ideas on what Christmas party dresses and outfits to wear based on the latest and hottest Winter and holiday trends!! Happy partying!

Christmas Party Dresses for Formal Evenings

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What to Wear: For formal evenings like black-tie events, charity galas and dances, wear an elegant, expensive looking cocktail dress or gown. This season, the in fabrics are lace, velvet, organza with threadwork and silk. For a holiday feel, try sequin, glitter, crystal or shimmery appliqué. Cover up with a faux-fur or cashmere scarf and a long overcoat!

Accessories: A metallic clutch or just a fancy phone cover with chain, metallic pumps or strappy heels with fur, glitter or back-bows. Also crystal or statement jewelry. Wear red lipstick with glitter or shimmer eyeshadow or smokey eyes!





Christmas Party Dresses for Casual Nights

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What to Wear: For casual Christmas parties like house-parties with friends or nightclubs, wear mini-dresses or metallic dresses. You can also wear a jumpsuit or leggings with crop-sequin or fringe tops! Try satin, wool-blends and embellished chiffon. Add holiday prints, sequin, glitter, shimmery appliqué. Cover up with short embellished jackets and scarves!

Accessories: A metallic clutch embellished handbag, metallic pumps or embellished boots with fun, bright statement jewelry. Wear gold or glitter eyeshadow with nude or red lips!





Christmas Party Dresses for Family Celebrations

What to Wear: For casual family gatherings, wear jeans or mini-dresses. For formal Christmas family parties, go for knee-length or long dresses. Try satin, silk, wool-blends or lace. Also try sequin, glitter, gold and red embellishments, shimmery appliqué. Cover up with short embellished jackets or long overcoats!

Accessories: A metallic clutch embellished handbag, metallic pumps or embellished boots with fun, bright statement jewelry. Wear a fun lipstick like berry or red with shimmery eye makeup.




Christmas Party Dresses for Office Get Togethers

What to Wear: Whether it’s a formal office networking night or a fun Christmas party with the colleagues, I like to keep it professional. Wear knee-length dresses or pencil skirts with short jackets, cardigans or boleros to cover up. Try cashmere, satin, silk, lace, or cotton and wool blends. For a holiday feel, add sequin, subtle embellishments, shimmery appliqué, but nothing too loud.

Accessories: An embellished handbag or a satin clutch, classic pumps or booties with elegant jewelry like pearl necklaces or drop earrings. Wear a light lipstick with bronze shimmery eye makeup.




Christmas Party Dresses for Date Nights

What to Wear: Date nights call for sexy and elegant outfits. So wear knee-length dresses, midi-skirts, ombre sequin dresses or ankle-length cocktail dresses, depending on where you’re going. For fabrics, use satin, lace, tulle, cashmere or organza with subtle sequins, embellishments, or shimmer. Cover up with short embellished jackets or long overcoats!

Accessories: A satin or embellished clutch, classic pumps or embellished booties with crystal or statement jewelry. Use shimmery makeup with subtle smokey eyes.

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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