What To Wear To Every Fancy Winter Event

There's an unfortunate truth to holiday-party season — you can't wear the standout gold dress that fits you like a glove to every event. And if you're reserving your most sequined of options for December 31, you might be wondering how to make a celebration-ready statement without repeating the same glitz and glam over and over again.

Rather than veering toward the same old party silhouettes, give your holiday wardrobe a refresh by paying close attention to textures and materials (we're talking velvet suits and comfy-but-stylish coats). So whether you're hitting a winter-wonderland wedding or a slew of plus-one office invites, we've thrown together four outfits that can easily navigate the wind-chill factor and be stylishly appropriate. And don't fret: We compensated for your LGD (little gold dress) with some elegant pops of festive color.
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It's easy to fall into a dark-color slump come winter. But you can still sport your favorite summer dress if the occasion takes place indoors. A long slip dress paired with an off-the-shoulder coat give you the best of both seasons. Feel free to finish off the dressy look with strappy sandals and a fun clutch for good measure.

Equipment Racquel Slip Dress, $398, available at Equipment; Front Row Shop Beige Wool-Blended Cap Overcoat, $140 $112, available at Front Row Shop; ASOS Hanoi Heeled Sandals, $89.58, available at ASOS; Mary Katrantzou Foam Clutch, $865, available at Selfridges & Co.; Tara 4779 Choker 50-50, $2700, available at Tara 4779.
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Co-ords have been making their way into our hearts all year long, but it's time to redefine the new suit trend with a velvet option. Covering up allows you to have a little more fun with how you style the look, whether it's adding a plunging neckline or piling on the accessories. We paired this option with a matching velvet bustier and a lariat necklace to add a little va-va-voom.

The Fold Marlow Velvet Tuxedo Jacket, $414, available at The Fold; The Fold Marlow Velvet Trousers, $263, available at The Fold; Topshop Velvet Plunge Bralet, $80, available at Topshop; Gianvito Rossi Suede Sandals, $835, available at MyTheresa; Heather Hawkins Shining Star Necklace, $160, available at Shopbop.
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There's no fun in holiday events if you can't get campy with color. Let your festive side run wild with deep-crimson pieces, satin preferred. Top off the outfit with accessories that have just as much seasonal cheer, like a gold handbag and a classic-cut, embellished coat.

Iris Van Herpen Tie Waist Dress, $1068.13, available at Farfetch; J.Crew Collection Embellished Cocoon Coat, $1695, available at J.Crew; Miu Miu Patent Leather-Trimmed Satin Sandals, $764, available at Net-A-Porter; Cooperative Petite Party Crossbody Bag, $44, available at Urban Outfitters; Siwa Bakim, Fireworks Small Bar Stud, $350, available at Siwa Bakim.
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Need an easy outfit to transition from work to party? Skip the fuss of a dress by opting for matching separates. A flared, velvet pencil skirt is as flattering as it is chic and will be great for any type of event. And you can jump on the low-block-heel trend with shoes that add a slight pop of color (and a lot of comfort).

Stella McCartney Black V Neck Top, $840 $504, available at Stella McCartney; Wilfred Patel Skirt, $125 $75, available at Aritzia; Zara Block Heel Velvet Shoes, $49.90, available at Zara; & Other Stories Snake Embossed Chain Bag, $145, available at & Other Stories; Need Supply Co. Brooks Cuff, $28, available at Need Supply Co.
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Whichever side of the black-tights divide you stand on, let’s acknowledge that pants are probably your warmest option when the chill factor is no joke. Keep things interesting with a wide-legged jumpsuit featuring a flash of sparkle, topped off with a fun-but-functional furry coat. Add glitzy earrings and suede pumps for an upscale effect.
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