Look Hot Tonight! What To Wear To A Holiday Dinner Party

If your holiday social agenda is filling up fast, you're reading in the right direction. Each invitation requires a made-for-the-occasion outfit, and we're here to help you get it right, every time. Not all holiday parties are boozy ragers with glitter on the floor and Santa behind the bar. Sometimes holiday celebrating is done in a civilized manner with table linens and Otis Redding playing in the background (but still, you know, wine). That's why we prepped three looks that run the holiday party scene gamut. Whether you're a guest at the boss' table, or hosting the whole shindig yourself, we'll break down each perfect outfit for you. We're running with a red, black, and gold vibe, a can't-miss holiday season scheme. And when all the glitter settles, one thing will be clear: You'll be the best-dressed one in the room. Now here's a reason to raise your glass.
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When you're hosting: You threw down for this event — it's okay to look like a million bucks. We love both the drama factor and the holiday-ready feel of this stunning gown. Pair it with shoes that add a tough edge, to keep things current. And don't forget a great statement cuff — it's an easy piece that won't get in the way while you're bopping around from kitchen to bar to table, entertaining like the poised hostess you are.
Coast Tia Maxi Dress with Belt, $314.48, available at ASOS. Christian Louboutin Duvette 120 metallic and patent-leather pumps, $675, available at Net-A-Porter. Tom Ford Violet Blonde 3.4 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, $145, available at Sephora. French Connection Flower Cuff, $17.97, available at ASOS.
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When you're meeting the parents: Keeping things stylish, festive, and parent-ready is a tall order, but it's totally do-able. We like a sweet frock in a bright, sunny color to kick things off on a high note. Keep things conservative (and covered), and don't forget a classic, polished shoe. This look leaves room to play with accessories, so don't be afraid to add an eye-catching necklace. It will be a great conversation piece, when you're chatting with Mom!
Dress $49.95, available at H&M, Lewi heels, $90, available at Aldo. Dannijo Annabelle Necklace, $195, available at Dannijo. Ginger + Liz Skin Tight nail polish, $12, available at Ginger + Liz.
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When you're impressing the boss: Show your boss you've got it together day and night. We suggest a look that's classic and powerful, with feminine details. Sheer lace keeps a little cocktail dress from being boring, and delicate earrings prevent the whole outfit from looking overdone. This is the perfect time to break out that bright clutch you've been saving — it adds the color this look craves.
Sweetheart Lace Flippy Dress, $92, available at Topshop. Lodis Astor Edith Clutch, $178, available at Nordstrom. Galleria Patent Mary Janes, $92, available at Topshop. Imogen Belfield Textured Earring, $167, available at Farfetch.
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