If you’ve been invited to a holiday cocktail party and are the type of gal who feels more at home in comfy pants than a short, tight cocktail dress, don’t sweat it. Holiday glam can also mean dressy party pants.
Here are some tips for wearing holiday party pants, as well as popular styles that are festive and classy this Christmas.
1. Choose Sleek Pants
Dressy formal pants are clean-lined with little detail and no bulk. Cropped straight leg pants ankle pants look chic, or you may prefer a pair of unfussy, flowy wide leg pants. Wide leg pants ( ie: palazzo pants) look dramatic and add sophistication. Flat front style is most slimming. To keep them from looking sloppy, make sure the hem just grazes the floor and that there’s no pooling fabric at your ankles. The bonus here? Wide-leg pants balance out a fuller hip and bottom.
2. Go for Luxe Fabrics
Choose fabrics that are nicer than what you would wear in the daytime. For example, the same kind of fabrics you would find if you were buying a fancy dress; velvet, satin, lace, brocade, or something silky that drapes, perhaps a lightweight wool, a dressy rayon blend.
3. Try a Print
A sophisticated print in a darker hue looks winter-ready (you look more holiday glam if it has some metallic in the print). Also, let the print be the focus of the piece. You’ll likely need to wear a neutral or muted color top to balance out the print of the pants.
4. Wear a Dressy Top
If you are going to dressy evening pants, make sure your top is special. A blouse in a sumptuous fabric such as silk or chiffon instantly elevates your look. You may also like a pretty silk top, a beaded or sparkly sweater, a lace top, or a fine knit sweater. Nothing heavy or chunky looking, or too plain like you would wear in the daytime. Luxe details like drapey or sheer sleeves, a wrap front, or some light embellishment also give it a holiday look.
5. Stick to a Simple Color
A top in simple, solid color like black, white, silver or gold to look dressy and sophisticated. (Tone-on-tone, head to toe black or white is very chic and slimming.) Deep rich jewel tones also look classy at Christmas. 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. Try a Jacket
If you prefer a cool Yves St Laurent Le Smoking vibe try a matching blazer. This is a sexy look with an unbuttoned silky shirt or tank underneath.
7. Glam up Pants with Luxe Nighttime Accessories
When wearing holiday party dress pants, it’s important to stay away from anything 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. Sexy Shoes are a Must
Add a dose of femininity to pants buy wearing pointy-toe heels, flats, or boots. Square toe are more masculine, rounded are 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.
9. Keep Hair and Make-up Relaxed
Loose hair and pretty feminine make-up help feminize the look of pants at night.
Here’s a look at some sophisticated evening holiday party pants that are trending right now.
Trending – 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 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 modern 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.
Trending – Pretty Lace Pants
From top to toe, this is such a cute holiday look! These pretty navy lace pants are the standout star of the outfit but coming in at a close second are these bow-back plaid pumps. Together they make quite the outfit team. Top it off with a simple but pretty white blouse and some glitzy accessories to keep the attention firmly on these standout pieces.
Trending – Flirty Bell Hem Pants
Why should arms have all the fun? Bell sleeves are big but why not give your pants a turn with cropped holiday pants that feature a flirty bell hem. The thing I like about these LBP’s (little black pants) is that they can be dressed up now with a festive lace top, but they’ll look just as good come summer with a flow white blouse. Pieces that you can wear all year-long are the ones to add to your wardrobe.
Classic – Glamorous Wide Leg Pants
Soft flowing, wide legs pants were made 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 them high heels or flats – your choice. This is a great hostess or a guest look.
Classic – Slimming Black Leggings
Some gals can’t get enough of skinny black leggings and for a good reason. They can look very sleek and cool and even super slimming worn the right way. Black leggings with a matching black turtleneck create a long, slim silhouette and this gorgeous throw worn with it makes this outfit look luxurious for a casual winter party. It’s a sophisticated yet laid-back look when you are attending the neighborhood party or visiting friends.
Classic – Straight Leg Pants
Finally, there are the in-between pants. Who doesn’t love an elegant straight leg pant that is a little bit flowy but not too dramatic? A silky or sheer blouse always looks beautiful with this kind of pants.
Check out this post to see more great holiday party looks.