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Chic, Festive 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.

Here are some more ways to style them to look festive and classy this Christmas.

velvet holiday party pants

Velvet Holiday Party Pants (similar)



Holiday Party-Pants-Tuxedo-style


tuxedo pants

1. Choose Sleek Dress Pants

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, making them more formal. 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 aren’t you’re style,  a pair of unfussy, flowy wide-leg pants (i.e., palazzo pants) are dramatic and sophisticated. To keep them from looking sloppy, ensure 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. Splurge on 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 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 perfect for wearing when 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.




silver jacquard pants

3. Embrace Metallics

Shiny Jacquard fabrics look incredible at Christmastime. A sophisticated pair of pants like these looks holiday-ready, especially when the material has a metallic look or some shine. That’s the case with this gorgeous pair of silver and black pants reminds me of luxurious foil Christmas wrap!

At holiday time, pair them with a beautiful black blouse with a hint of ruffle at the wrist. Wearing a solid black top with these black and red print pants means your outfit will be balanced. A black top ties in with the pants and keeps your business from looking too busy.


Holiday Holiday pants and sparklweater l styled by Fabulous After 40

4. Incorporate Unique Details

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 charming. Front tie pants have been super popular lately and look festive this time of year like you are a Christmas present wrapped up with a bow!


Holiday Party Pants Outfit lBlack Velvet Pants, red lace top l styled by Fabulous After 40

5. Reach for a Dressy Top

If you wear dressy evening pants, make sure your holiday party top is unique too. A blouse in a sumptuous fabric such as lace, silk, or chiffon instantly elevates your look. This feminine lace blouse with 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 embellished, like a beaded or sparkly sweater or blouse. Avoid anything too heavy or chunky looking. A more delicate fabric is dressier. Luxe details like drapey or sheer sleeves, a wrap front, or some light embellishment give it a holiday look.



Holiday Party Pants- Pink Satin Top

6. Jewel Tones say Christmas

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 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.



velvet holiday party suits

7. Don’t Rule Out a Pantsuit

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 your heavy leather shoulder bag for a delicate clutch and switch out heavy, chunky jewelry for something more acceptable and ladylike. Gold or silver accessories make an outfit evening-ready.



Holiday Party Pants - Brown Metallic

10. Sexy Shoes are a Must

Holiday party pants will fall flat on their face if you are not wearing the correct 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, sparkly shoes are also more feminine, so have some fun with a sexy pump. Wear dressy, black lace-up shoes if you like a boyish vibe.


Here are some more holiday party pants that are trending.


Holiday Party Pants Lace Hem Pants

Lace-Trimmed 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

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


Holiday Party pants Leggings black velvet tunic

Classic – Slimming Black Leggings




Burgundy Velvet Pants

Luxurious 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 sophisticatedly is one of the best ways to look modern and hip without looking like you’re trying too hard. Please 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.


Holiday Party Pants - Check Pants

Festive Plaid 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 chunky pumps, and you have a classic with a twist party look.



Holiday Party pants- Black Sparkle Key Hole Top

silver jeans

Edgy Silver Jeans

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.


Brown Velvet

As you’ve seen, velvet pants are the number one favorite at Christmastime, but if you don’t want to look like everyone else in black velvet, why not try another color? These luxurious chestnut velvet wide legs are rich and warm looking. The beautiful square neckline top adds a modern feel (it reminds me of the pink velvet square neck top I bought). Beige suede slingbacks and this cloud-colored quilted bag keep the look light and lovely.



Sparkly Black Velvet Leggings

Leggings are always famous during the holidays, and I think this year, more than ever, everyone is staying pretty well put but wants to look festive and be cozy. Look closely at the leggings link below to see that these leggings are flecked with sparkle! You can wear them with anything (that’s the beauty of leggings), but this time I’ve paired them with a relaxed plaid tunic shirt and a pair of comfy flats. If you are heading out, this cute crossbody completes this adorable home for the holiday looks.





Chic Velvet Culottes

Cropped wide-leg pants like these velvet culottes have taken off. I think it’s because they’re like wearing a skirt, but they feel comfier and casually chic. Wear them with a silky holiday blouse and a pair of low heels to look festive and fabulous. The gold buckle on the shoe elevates the look.

Don’t you love the alluring cutout neckline on this gorgeous red blouse? I recently posted a cutout neckline trend; you can read about it here. Chain earrings are another easy way to look on top of fashion right now. And what a fabulous bag, so modern and relaxed with the big gold ring.



Lace Holiday Party Pants

Here come the lace pants! This is the only time of year I see lovely lace pants, although they are ideal for so many occasions year-round. This pretty black pair has a beautifully scalloped hem that is unique. For a glam Christmas party look, wear them with this sparkly wrap top and a pair of glittering heels. This would be great for a company holiday party. Feminine, festive, and effortlessly chic!

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

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8 thoughts on “Chic, Festive Holiday Party Pants + 10 Styling Tips

  1. Hi! I love those nude pumps in the #2 ensemble with the cream sweater and silk jacquard pants. I’ve been trying to find the “right” shade of nude heels, which seem too light. I like the heel and color of these. They look sexy, not frumpy.

    I just found you recently, and I love the blog. Thank you!

    P.S. I wish you had the date posted on your blog entries and your commenters’ posts too.

  2. 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!

  3. 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,

  4. 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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