If you’ve been invited to a holiday cocktail party and feel more home in comfy pants than a short, tight cocktail dress, don’t sweat it. There are lots of Christmas party pants that can look as equally as chic. Here’s what’s new and trending, plus 10 tips for styling Christmas party pants outfits.
1. Choose Sleek Pants
Pants are a great choice for a holiday party when they are on the dressy side. These sleek black tuxedo pants are a great example. They have clean, crisp lines and very little detail other than this striking satin stripe down the side of the legs that makes them more formal looking. The flat front style is elegant and slimming. Pair them with a beautiful satiny blouse and some embellished flats for a glam Christmas Party pants outfit.
If cropped ankle pants are not your style, a pair of unfussy, flowy wide leg pants (i.e.: palazzo pants) are dramatic and sophisticated. To keep them from looking sloppy, make sure the hem just grazes the floor, and there’s no pooling fabric at your ankles. The bonus here? Wide-leg pants balance out a fuller hip and bottom.
2. Go all Out in Luxe Fabrics
A rule of thumb when putting together chic holiday party pants outfits is to choose fabrics that are fancier than what you would wear in the daytime. For example, the same kind of fabrics you would find if you were buying a cocktail dress; velvet, satin, lace, brocade, or something silky that drapes, perhaps lightweight wool, a dressy rayon blend.
These stunning, silk jacquard pants are fabulously festive and are perfect for wearing when you are standing by the Christmas tree chatting with friends, eggnog in hand. Team them up with a soft, creamy sweater, nude high heels, and a glittery clutch, and you have a modern holiday look that is classy but relaxed.
3. Try a Posh Print
Dark Florals have been big a huge trend this fall and look wonderful at Christmastime. A sophisticated print on a dark back background looks holiday-ready, especially when the fabric has a metallic look or some shine to it. That’s the case with this gorgeous pair of painterly floral pants with a print that sort of reminds me of rich foil Christmas wrap! These classic pants are seasonless which means they will look good any time of the year.
At holiday time, pair them with a beautiful black blouse that has a hint of ruffle at the wrist. Wearing a solid color black top with these black and red print pants means that your outfit will be balanced. A black top ties in with the pants and keeps your outfit from looking too busy.
4. Reach for a Dressy Top
If you are going to wear dressy evening pants, make sure your top is special too. A blouse in a sumptuous fabric such as lace, silk or chiffon instantly elevates your look. This feminine lace blouse with the bell sleeves looks fabulous paired with a sexy pair of slim velvet holiday party pants. Cute bow tie pumps complete the look.
You may also like something embellished like a beaded or sparkly sweater or blouse. Avoid anything too heavy or chunky looking. A finer fabric is dressier. Luxe details like drapey or sheer sleeves, a wrap front, or some light embellishment also give it a holiday look.
5. Jewel Tones say Christmas
A top in simple, solid color like black, white, silver or gold looks dressy and sophisticated. Deep rich jewel tones such as red, green, gold, purple and royal blue also look classy at Christmas. Just think of a bright shiny, Christmas tree and the colors to wear come naturally.
Remember, solid colors are more formal than busy mixed prints or patterns. If you do want to wear a pattern up top, make sure the fabric is luxe such as brocade or silk and that your accessories are plain ( such as black) so they don’t compete for attention.
6. Pair a Jacket with Lace Pants
A smart looking jacket can be a girl’s best friend because adding a third piece adds an air of sophistication and can help even out your shape by giving more shape to small shoulders or balancing out wide hips. These beautiful lace pants with the bow tie blouse get kicked up a notch by adding this chic black Chanel style jacket. This is a very pretty, professional look that would be easy to wear and fit right in at your company holiday party.
7. Accent with Glam Accessories
Holiday party dress pants have an evening feel, so you need dressier accessories than you would wear in the daytime. Trade in your heavy leather shoulder bag for a delicate clutch and switch out heavy, chunky jewelry for something more fine and ladylike. Gold or silver accessories make an outfit evening-ready.
8. Sprinkle in Some Sparkle
There is never a better time to wear something with sequins or sparkle than holiday time and this year we are seeing a lot of shimmery holiday party pants. This smart-looking pair of metallic cropped pants looks festive and fun worn with a standout lace top and some pretty bow tie sandals.
9. Sexy Shoes are a Must
Holiday party pants will fall flat on their face if you are not wearing the right type of shoe. You need to add a good dose of femininity to your holiday party pants outfit by wearing pretty evening sandals, pointy-toe heels, sleek flats, or sexy booties.
Square toe footwear is more masculine, rounded is less alluring. Strappy, colorful, and sparkly shoes are also more feminine, so have some fun with a sexy shoe. If you like more of a boyish vibe wear dressy, black lace-up shoes.
10. Keep Hair and Make-up Relaxed
Loose hair and pretty feminine make-up help feminize the look of wearing pants at night.
Here’s a look at some sophisticated evening holiday party pants that are trending right now.
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