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Festive, Flattering Holiday Party Pants -10 Styling Tips

If you’ve been invited to a holiday party and feel more at home in comfy pants than a short, tight cocktail dress, don’t sweat it. You can look just as glamorous in Holiday party pants. See here for the latest in holiday party pants.

Plus, here are some more ways on how to style them to look festive and classy this Christmas.

1. Choose Sleek Dress Pants

Holiday Party-Pants-Tuxedo-style

Pants are an excellent 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 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 materials 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. Embrace Posh Prints


Dark Florals have been big a huge trend this fall and look incredible 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 luxurious foil Christmas wrap! These classic pants are seasonless, which means they will look good at 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. Choose Pants With Unique Details

Holiday Holiday pants and sparklweater l styled by Fabulous After 40

I mentioned earlier that holiday party pants look best if they aren’t too fussy,  but a single detail like a bow front can be quite charming. Front tie pants have been super popular lately and look very festive this time of year like you are a Christmas present wrapped up with a bow!


5. Reach for a Dressy Top

Holiday Party Pants- Monochromatic Sparkle 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 to 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.


6. Jewel Tones say Christmas

Holiday Party Pants- Pink Satin Top

A top in a solid color like black, white, silver, or gold worn with plain black pants 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 design 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.


7.  Don’t Rule Out a Pantsuit

velvet holiday party suits

If you prefer a cool Yves St Laurent Le Smoking look, try wearing a matching blazer with your holiday party pants. Worn with an unbuttoned silk shirt or tank underneath, this is a very sexy look.


8. 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.


10.  Sexy Shoes are a Must

Holiday Party Pants - Brown Metallic

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, and rounded is less alluring. Strappy, colorful, and sparkly shoes are also more feminine, so have some fun with a sexy pump. If you like more of a boyish vibe, wear dressy, black lace-up shoes.


Here are some more holiday party pants that are trending.

Lace-Trimmed Pants

Holiday Party Pants Lace Hem Pants

From top to toe, this is such a cute holiday look! These cute lace-trimmed pants are the standout star of the outfit, but coming in at a close second are these slingback suede flats. Together they make quite the outfit team. Top this outfit off with a simple but pretty white blouse and some glitzy earrings to keep the attention firmly on these standout pieces.



Classic – Glamorous Wide Leg Pants

Holiday Pants - Brown Metallic

Soft flowing, wide legs pants are perfect for holiday parties. Not only make you look relaxed and sophisticated, but they are super comfy too. Keep them long, so you get that sweeping look- almost like a long skirt and pair their high heels or flats – your choice. This is a great hostess or a guest look.


Classic – Slimming Black Leggings

Holiday Party pants Leggings black velvet tunic

Some gals can’t get enough of skinny black leggings for a good reason. They can make you look fabulous when worn the right way.  Black leggings with a beautiful black tunic create a long, slimming silhouette. This gorgeous flocked velvet one worn with leggings makes this outfit look luxurious for a casual winter party. It’s a sophisticated yet laid-back look when you are attending a neighborhood party or visiting friends. 



Luxurious Velvet Pants

Burgundy Velvet Pants

Velvet is always a winner during the holiday season, and this year it is HUGE! Jumping on board with a trend like velvet and wearing it in a sophisticated way is one of the best ways to look modern and hip without looking like you’re trying too hard. Take a look at how I’m accomplishing that here with basics that have a modern edge.

A classic ankle pant gets a modern update when done in burgundy velvet and paired with a pump with a chic block heel. A black top completes the ensemble but rather than a traditional blouse or sweater; I’ve chosen something more modern, an off-the-shoulder top with statement sleeves.

Festive Plaid Pants

Holiday Party Pants - Check Pants

Plaid pants are a classic this time of year, but the high waist and button detail makes these modern and new! Add a velvet square neck top and some chunky pumps, and you have a classic with a twist party look.


Edgy Silver Jeans

Holiday Party pants- Black Sparkle Key Hole Top

Metallic jeans give an edgy vibe to a holiday celebration! Sexy pants like these look great with a black flowy choker neck blouse and tall black boots.


Check out this post to see more excellent holiday party looks.


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7 thoughts on “Festive, Flattering Holiday Party Pants -10 Styling Tips

  1. I like the idea of wide-leg pants for a party. Something soft and flowy would be much more comfortable for my 60+ kegs rather than exposing them.

    1. Hi Kathy, I think soft, flowy pants are like a beautiful skirt but comfier, and they look gorgeous this time of year. Another option you may not have considered is soft flowy culottes or cropped pants, rather than to the ankle. That could be a chic look too! All the best!

  2. Greetings, Deborah and your glam gal followers,
    Your holiday edition is better than ever— reat fresh ideas to try out.

    Your readers and I would love to see you modeling some fabulous outfits yourself. Lease consider doing so!

    Best wishes to you, your staff, and all the other glam gals for a beautiful holiday season. o matter what religion we belong to, the words “Peace on Earth, Good Will To Men” rings true.

    Best regards,

  3. I love the outfits but would like to see them all put together on an actual person and one that is at least in her mid to late 40s, not some young model. I get the ensemble pictures but would appreciate it on an actual 40 + female, not a 40+ model that looks thin and great. I want to see your festive attire on regular women like myself.

    1. Hi Lucy, I always encourage readers to submit photos. Unfortunately, the stores all use young gals like they think women over 40 have no interest in clothes. Ladies, keep those photos coming.- High-quality photos, head-to-toe, cute outfits, please. Thanks, Deborah

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