What to Wear to a Semi Formal Christmas Party

It’s officially time for holiday parties! In fact, I’ve already been to a handful of holiday events since last Friday so I’m 100% thinking about all my holiday outfits. Do you have outfits ready for your office Christmas party, your black tie winter wedding, and everything else in-between? If not, then now’s the time to shop! Today, I’m sharing what to wear to a semi formal Christmas party and/or what to wear on New Year’s Eve because I think this outfit works perfectly for both occasions.

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Dress (also comes in silver, taupe, and pink (also available here), runs big – I’m wearing a size 00) / Heels (come in 15 colors, similar for less) / Velvet Belt (borrowed from this dress, also love this velvet belt) / Champagne Ornament / Acorn Ornament / Woodland Ornament

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Semi Formal Holiday Party Outfit

for my semi formal holiday party outfits this year, I’m leaning toward being really festive! So, mixing sequins and velvet is right up my alley. At parties, I’m often on my feet for extended periods of time so I opted for a comfortable and understated heel to balance out my party dress. Sequins can be fancy, yes, but the short hem of this dress gives it a perfect semi formal vibe. Keep reading for why I chose each piece for the outfit, why it works for a semi formal Christmas Party outfit, how to style it, and where to get it.

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Sequin Party Dress

I’ve been wearing sequins since they were on my tutus as a toddler (remember this outfit?). I just love a sequin dress (I wore them to prom, sorority events, everything!). So, it was an easy choice for me to buy this sequin dress for holiday parties this year. You might actually be surprised to learn that I wore this dress as my wedding exit dress (stay tuned for photos!)! I thought the sequins and the fun pop of color were perfect for my final wedding hurrah.

This dress works perfectly for a semi formal Christmas party because the sequins make it festive and fancy but the short hemline make it appropriate for a semi formal event. My particular dress is a bit boxy which makes it fun to swing and dance around in but I also liked the idea of cinching it at the waist so I added a velvet belt (borrowed from this dress but I also love this velvet belt) to give the dress a complete styled look. This dress comes in holiday green, silver, a gold taupe, and pink (also available here!). Heads up, this dress runs big… I’m wearing a size 00.

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Velvet Accessory

As I mentioned above, this dress has a boxier silhouette, which I love for the sequin look but I also thought it would be fun to add in a pop of velvet. I found the perfect velvet accessory in a velvet belt! I bought this dress for work/work events and just borrowed the belt from it. However, I also love this velvet belt and this silk belt as well (silk would be equally cute!).

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My sequin party dress is such a statement that I wanted to tone down the outfit with my shoes (sometimes I opt for the reverse and go for a statement shoe and a simple dress). Nothing beats suede shoes in the fall and winter so a simple suede ankle strap heel was the perfect addition to this outfit. I style these suede heels with skinny jeans and silk tops, with boyfriend jeans and cozy sweaters, with long flowy skirts, and with mini party dresses like in this outfit. They are so versatile and really comfortable, which is important for parties when I might find myself standing for a couple hours (I love a block heel!). The heels also comes in 15 colors and non-suede options. P.S. I really like these two similar heels for less: one, two.

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now a Christmas tree ornament isn’t really an outfit accessory but it is a great thing to have in your hand when you arrive to a holiday party because they make for great hostess gifts! Year after year, I think that Anthroprologie makes the cutest Christmas tree ornaments. I love the Champagne OrnamentAcorn Ornament, and Woodland Ornament that I snagged this year. P.S. Lauren Conrad also makes some adorable ornaments! Shop some more of my favorites below:

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2 Responses to What to Wear to a Semi Formal Christmas Party

  1. Brooke says:

    GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS in green! Love what you did with the velvet belt too- so cute, Jillian!

    xx
    Brooke
    http://www.brookedujour.com

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