10 Christmas party outfit ideas

Becca Donaldson ·

Are you looking for some perfect Christmas party outfit ideas? We share our favourite styles for the festive season and best Christmas party outfits.

Christmas 2021 looks set to see us actually attending our Christmas parties once again. This means that this year you can really get excited about your Christmas party outfit and enjoy planning and browsing outfit inspiration!

We’ve given you 10 festive Christmas party outfit ideas that you can work with. Use our tips to achieve the look you want for your Christmas party – whether it’s a work-do, friends-get-together, or Christmas Eve blowout.

Things to consider when planning your Christmas party outfit

Before choosing your outfit for a Christmas party, you should first consider how formal the event is. This will be one of the overriding factors you need to consider when choosing a Christmas party outfit. As well as this, you should also make sure you choose elements that feel festive, make you feel most confident, and help you to stand out or fit in (depending on your preference).

With those thoughts in mind, consider the following Christmas party outfit ideas for women, but don’t be scared to make them your own!

Women’s Christmas party outfit ideas

Black Tie

A black tie dress code can be a tricky one for the ladies to navigate. The gents simply pop on a tux and are good to go. Gender roles are out, so if you want to wear a tux and feel incredible, go for it! For a subtler nod to the tux, we love the Chelsea and Walker Black Tuxedo Erica Top.

Black tie traditionally meant black floor-length gowns with covered shoulders, a hat or fascinator, and the best statement jewellery you could afford (yes diamonds, we’re looking at you). Now it’s not so rigid. However, the concept of class and elegance still prevails. This is what you’re aiming for.

Now, most people interpret black tie to include a wider range of options, including different length hems. Most still opt for black, or navy and other dark colours at a push. It’s still an opportunity to go for the most formal option, with your best jewellery. We especially love the simplicity of the New Collection Black Satin Cowl Neck Maxi Dress.

Many of the best classy Christmas party dresses and Christmas outfit ideas naturally fall into the black tie category.

Rich reds

Edging into the black tie arena, especially at Christmas time, is red. Indeed, choosing a floor length red dress – such as the House of CB Red Lara One Shoulder Bandage Maxi Dress – would often not be out of place at a Christmas black tie do.

However, red is more versatile than just long dresses and gowns. It’s a fabulous colour to work with for your Christmas party outfit whether that’s a top with wide leg trousers, or a small and simple red dress like this Oh Polly Red Satin Side Ruched Mini Dress.

It’s trending again in 2021, making it even more an apt choice, whatever the occasion.

Cocktail dresses

Cocktail dresses feature highly amongst Christmas party night outfits because they are a great way of showcasing your personal style. Cocktail dresses are generally considered to be semi-formal, and we think they are brilliantly versatile for dressing up or down according to your mood or the occasion. We adore this French Connection Peach Cocktail Dress.

Cocktail dresses classically finish above or on the knee, and are usually paired with elegant heels. Typically, you can expect lots of colour and potentially some patterns too – allowing your personality to reflect in your dress.


The little black dress (LBD) always remains a staple for Christmas parties. Your LBD probably works hard all year around, but it’s an essential for the Christmas party season. We love this Pretty Little Thing LBD!

If you’re in any doubt about what to wear, this is the one to whip out. Don’t worry about it coming out time and again, all you need to do is switch up the shoes and accessories and you have a totally different look. What’s more, being dark, it’s less memorable than your statement cocktail dress, but just as effective.

Bring out the sparkles

It’s Christmas – the most magical time of the year – so sparkles are essential! Indeed, one of the best cute Christmas party outfit ideas is to simply include some dazzle and shine by choosing something with sparkles. From intense sequins and diamante to something a little less intense, such as glittery thread, sparkles are at home at Christmas dos. This Misha Collection Gold Sequin Dress fits the bill perfectly!

Metallic pieces can fit the sparkle bill. It’s bold. You can choose a metallic bolero to pair with your LBD, for example. Alternatively, you can opt for shiny sequins. Sequins look great on camisole tops or on a short skirt.


We all love our blazers and they can be great for a winter night out to elevate casual trousers. We absolutely love this WRSTBHVR Grey Checked Blazer as it can be styled up or down.

Another way to style a blazer for a Christmas party is to pair it with a jumpsuit – this is still very much the trend after a year of WFH. Some of the best company Christmas party outfit ideas we’re seeing are off the shoulder jumpsuits in metallic colours, paired with a blazer to keep the chill off.

If you want something stylish and practical then a blazer is the place to start.

Glorious golds

Adding in pops of gold to your style is one of the easiest ways to elevate your look into a Christmas party outfit. From swapping out your usual silver jewellery for warm gold, to choosing a glittery gold top, gold is of course one of the most festive colours you can choose.


An absolute classic of the festive season, velvet will ensure you’re both warm and stylish at any Christmas event. Velvet is always a trailblazer for the Christmas party outfit inspo with its luxury, elegance, and glam.

Velvet is clever. Pair your jeans with a velvet cami and you’ve just created a lush outfit that looks smart. If you want to elevate low key trousers without going too heavy on accessories, then velvet is the solution.


We can’t get enough of lace! It can be delicate and floaty in summer or elegant and gorgeously sumptuous in winter. It works fabulously for any Christmas party outfit. Smart or casual, statement or subtle, lace is really versatile.

Don’t overdo it with the accessories if you choose lace. You want the eye attracted to the glorious fabric, like this Lipsy Teal Lace Detail Dress!


When you’re considering work Christmas party outfit ideas, you may want to look at items which include embellishments that you avoid in your everyday wear. Whether it’s a bead-embellished top paired with jeans, or a crystal popped onto beautiful shoes, embellishments work fantastically at Christmas.

Use festive red, green or gold alongside your embellishments and you’ll look incredible.

Round it all off

Before you consider your Christmas party outfit finished, don’t forget two important elements: your accessories and your shoes. It’s the little things that make a big difference.

At all Christmas parties you can go bold with your accessories and go high with your heels. Add pizzazz – it is party time after all! Shop our range of accessories at Reliked to round off your Christmas party look.

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