Holiday party looks are super fun and easy breezy to theorize about (peep my group chats for evidence), but when it comes down to the actual practicalities of wearing them, things can get complicated. Sometimes you forget, for example, that a sequin dress will inevitably snag your hair, thus prompting you to pivot from wearing it down with a velvet headband to wearing it up in a loose bun. Or that your most festive pair of party shoes pinch your feet the moment you put them on so you always end up wanting to wear loafers instead. Or that you hate tights and would rather wear pants.

So, in the interest of providing some literal tried-and-tested, pre-vetted, party-approved outfit ideas for your consideration and possible approximation, I annotated a bunch of photos from Man Repeller’s official company holiday party at the Hoxton in Williamsburg (which just so happened to feature style fixes for common holiday party sartorial scenarios aplenty). Peruse them below, and join me in the comments for further discussion.

1.If You Want to Keep Warm Without Feeling too Utilitarian…

Wear socks and a sweater, but the most invigorated versions of each that your wardrobe contains, i.e. a fair isle sweater that screams “fresh off the slopes, or maybe just off the subway but still fresh regardless” and sparkly socks that almost outshine the shoes they’re stuck inside of.

2.If You Want to Wear an LBD Without Falling Asleep…

Make sure the LBD you choose is quirky enough to straddle the line between LBD’s greatest upside (dependable, always-makes-you-feel-good classiness) and its greatest potential drawback (being unmemorable). The world is truly your oyster in this regard but you can’t go wrong with velvet, a mermaid-tail hem, an embellished neckline or all of the above.

3.If You Want to Wear Your Coat Inside Without People Asking You Why You Haven’t Taken off Your Coat…

Wear a coat that looks like part of your outfit, ideally a statement in nature and so powerfully coordinated with whatever is peeking out underneath that if you deigned to overheat and started to shrug it off your shoulders (just slightly), someone would conceivably ask you to kindly put it back on for goodness sake.

4.If You Want to Wear Something “Extra” But Still Feel Like Yourself…

Rixo dress — another here, J.Crew turtleneck, Prada loafers — similar here

Easy! Just wear it with a few key things that do make you feel distinctly yourself, like the plain black turtleneck you buy in bulk from J.Crew every year and the slightly scuffed loafers you’ve put on so many times they’re essentially foot butter.

5.If You Want to Accessorize But All Your Jewelry Feels Too Summery…

Put a scrunchie around your wrist and rebrand it as the winter bracelet you never knew you always needed. And then! If the back of your neck starts to get a little toasty when you’re playing Nintendo (what? Just Man Repeller’s holiday party?), you can take your winter bracelet and revert it to a hair tie.

6.If You Want to Wear a Sheer Dress Without Showing off Your Underthings…

Invest in a basic Hanro slip (which is what Edith told me she was wearing under her dress). They’re one of those things that can make all the difference in a holiday party pinch but that you’ll actually wear well beyond December and probably for years to come. Also, you can buy them on Amazon Prime.

7.If You Want to Wear a Headband Without Feeling Like a Second Grader…

Make sure the rest of your outfit parlays directly with the post-pubescent woman you have become. A woman who wears a dramatic animal print dress that reaches the floor. A woman who wears earrings that dangle. A woman who isn’t too shy for a bold red lip.

8.If You Want to Wear Sequins Without Looking Like a Disco Ball…

Don’t be afraid! Wear the g-dang sequins! But if you’re concerned about resembling one of the many caricatures that sequins connote, like a disco ball or a younger version of yourself en route to a nightclub you haven’t patronized in half a decade, consider wearing a sequined thing that embodies your personal style as it stands now (loose? structured? mock-necked?) and pair it with something classic, like black slacks. (Or a black pajama set, which is what Amelia did here before she got hot and took off her pajama “jacket.”)

9.If You Want to Take All the Guesswork Out of Getting Dressed But Still Look Thoughtful…

AG jacket, thrifted silk pants — similar here, Kenneth Cole boots

Wear a single color head-to-toe. I guarantee it will produce an outfit that is a) easy to put together and b) extremely fun to look at each and every time. Like magic, but the real-life kind.

10.If You Want to Wear a Black-Tie Dress to a Non-Black-Tie Party…

Pair it with chunky-heeled boots you might conceivably wear with jeans (instead of strappy sandals or velvet platforms) and accessorize with a casual sweep of bubblegum pink lipstick. Match your hair color to your mouth if you really want to go an extra mile (DM Celia for at-home temporary hair-dying tips).

11.If You Want to Look Like the Most Festive Person in the Room But Not Hit People Over the Head With It… 

Vintage dress — similar hereRag & Bone boots

Wear a simple velvet dress in a jewel-tone hue of your choice and sparkly earrings. That’s it! I know, it sounds too good to be true, but the key here is to not overthink things too much. Relax. Have a negroni. Eat a baby grilled cheese.

12.If You Want to Wear Your MR Buffet Barrettes But You Also Want Loose Rom Com Heroine Bangs…

Clip them to your dress’s spaghetti straps!!!!!! And then apply for a genius grant.

13.If You Want to Wear a Minimalist Outfit But Still Channel the Holiday Party Spirit…

Vintage blazer — similar here, Dickies pants, vintage boots — similar here, Kara bag, vintage belt — similar here, Jinx earrings and Ezahikuy earrings

Let your eyelids be the locus of all your merry-making. Go wild with some kind of saturated pigment, and then feel free to assemble a combination of your most trusted basics to complement it.

14.If You Want to Wear Practical Shoes Without Harshing Your Festive Vibe…

Vintage Norma Kamali dress from La Roche via A Current Affair — another here, Lizzie Fortunato earrings, Mirth Vintage cowboy boots — similar here, MR Holiday Buffet Repeller barrette

Put on your most spectacular party dress and combine it with your one pair of shoes that always seem to marry practicality (i.e. warmth and comfort) with aesthetic pizzazz (a hint of cowboy will always suffice).

15.If You Want to Look Like an Angel on Top of a Christmas Tree But in a Subtle Way…

Go ahead! Wear a white dress! But don’t stop there. Layer it up with a turtleneck or statement top and some shiny boots that don’t necessarily conjure the image of heaven at first glance, save for the heavenly comfort of all ten toes inside them.

What sparkly combinations are you excited to wear this holiday season?!?!?

Photos by Joeun Lee at the Hoxton, Williamsburg.

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