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12 Festive Christmas Party Outfit Ideas That Aren't Red and Green

Your guide to the best outfits that will set you apart from the rest.
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Christmas time is usually when we dust off our best outfits—but dressing in the usual red and green color combination will eventually get dull. Looking for Christmas party outfit ideas? Here are 12 unique and non-traditional looks:

Go cozy and casual.

Sweaters are a great and easy way to look dressed up for the holidays. You can easily dress the essential up by wearing a skirt and a pair of ankle boots or kitten heels. Choose between a chunky knit or a thin, lightweight one depending on where your party will be.

Opt for a bright hue.

Aside from reds and greens, you can try to wear bright jewel tones. A full dress with a modern silhouette in electrifying shades of purple, yellow, fuschia, or sapphire blue will be an unexpected choice for the holidays.

Throw on a suit dress.

Follow the Duchess of Sussex’s lead and wear a suit dress. Though the trend isn’t as strong as it was before, it still is a great way to interpret a semi-formal dress code. If black is a little too dull, you can opt for white or pastel shades.

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Pink is the color.

Go the ladylike option and wear the shade closest to red: Pink. Duchess Kate has a habit of wearing reds and pinks to attend the Queen’s annual Christmas lunch at Buckingham Palace. Not to mention, it’s a soft hue that looks good on almost everyone.

Go crazy for classic prints.

Leopard, polka dots, florals, and stripes are always in style. They’re versatile enough to wear during a Christmas party, and every lady has at least one of these prints in her closet. For something so busy, it’s best to choose a flowy material that makes the print look more elegant.

Stun in sparkly pants.

Gold and silver are pretty much a holiday staple. Instead of wearing a dress, wear a pair of festive sparkly pants. It can be a bit much, so make sure you dress it down with a knit or black and white tops and blouses.

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Velvet is holiday appropriate.

Winter fabrics such as velvet are a no-fail option. This year, however, it’s best to avoid the dark shades and go for light shades. You can step your look up with the use of white shoes and beaded bags as stylish French girls do.

Opt for dainty tulle and lace.

If you want to change it up this year, show up in a tulle or lace number. The sheer materials are the best way to show a little skin without being too provocative. Just make sure you choose a dress that’s dainty and ladylike.

Jumpsuits are always safe.

By jumpsuit, we mean the slightly structured, modern yet feminine ones. Skip the collar and pick out a jumpsuit that’s dressed up. Since its a pretty simple outfit, you can pick out a couple of statement pieces to amp it up.

Plaid is festive enough.

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Plaid is another classic print, but it’s one that has ties to Christmas as the red and green version is seen in table runners, ribbons, and more. Incorporate the print in other colors but in winter materials such as wool or tweed.

Mix a whole black look up.

It can be as simple as wearing a beaded jacket or putting on small accessories such as belts and brooches. As long as you add an interesting element, a whole black look can pass as a holiday outfit.

Go unexpected in a pantsuit.

Wearing a whole color as an outfit is a great way to grab attention. It works even more so with co-ord sets, especially in pantsuits. You can choose from pastels, earthy holiday tones, and simple neutrals.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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