What to Wear to a Holiday Party

‘Tis the season to find something to wear to a holiday party! My girlfriends and I were texting yesterday about the different holiday parties everyone was attending and what was the appropriate apparel for each. If you’re headed to an office party, meeting friends for a gift swap or a family drop-in then there is a chance “festive casual” is the dress code of choice. Today I’m going to show you four tops from Nordstrom that fit the festive casual mold and share some pointers on dressing them up or down. I’ll also throw in a bonus round of what to wear to a cocktail of formal holiday party for all of you fancy folks out there!

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Regardless of what type of holiday outfit you need there is a 100% chance you can find something fashionable and festive to wear at Nordstrom! Nordstrom has an unmatched selection of fall and winter pieces with the added convenience of free shipping, free returns, curbside pickup and free alterations! Everything I’m wearing in these photos from clothes to shoes to jewelry and bags is all from Nordstrom!

Holiday Top #1: Casual Fringe Sweater

I wore this sweater to a holiday party the other night and it was a hit! I paired it with Madewell jeans, pearl earrings and suede boots but you could wear it with any number of combinations including a suede skirt or leather jeans! I also think it would look great with red earrings!

Cristin Cooper knows all about what to wear to a holiday party!

Shop the look: Fringe Sweater (TTS: Medium) / Madewell Jeans (TTS: Size 27) / Earrings  / Suede Boots

Holiday Top #2: Plaid Button-Up

I absolutely love this plaid button-up from Nordstrom. The pattern is so pretty that it’s a standout piece worn alone. You could also pair it with a velvet blazer, with a black vest or layered under a festive tee. I paired it with my go-to black high-rise Madewell jeans, a cute pair of earrings, affordable black clutch and the most comfortable pair of black pumps! I packed a couple of different shoe options the day I shot these photos and I kept these black suede heels on the entire time. They are affordable, comfortable and will look great with any outfit this winter!

Cristin Cooper knows all about what to wear to a holiday party!

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Cristin Cooper knows all about what to wear to a holiday party!

Shop The Look: Plaid Button-Up (TTS: Size 6) / Madewell Jeans (TTS: Size 27) / Earrings / Black Clutch / Black Pumps (TTS) / Sunglasses

Holiday Top #3: Cozy Sweater

This sweater is the perfect combination of cozy and chic!  I’m always reaching for a comfortable sweater around the holidays and I love the neck and cuff detailing on this one. You can leave it untucked like I’m styling in these photos or tuck it in because while it is very cozy it is also fairly thin. I also love the purple color which I accented with a stellar pair of earrings and this under $40 gold clutch & crossbody combination bag. Like the plaid J.Crew top, I wore this with black Madewell jeans and black suede pumps. You could also dress this down with jeans and riding boots or dress it up with a black skirt, tights and boots

Cristin Cooper knows all about what to wear to a holiday party!

Cristin Cooper knows all about what to wear to a holiday party!

Shop The Look: Purple Sweater (TTS: Medium) / Madewell Jeans (TTS: Size 27) / Earrings / Gold Clutch / Black Pumps (TTS) / Sunglasses

Holiday Top #4: Velvet Tie-Front Top

Velvet is in this winter and I love this J.Crew top from Nordstrom. It also comes in a beautiful cranberry color that would look great with black denim and these black pumps. I chose to dress this one down with traditional denim but still keep it dressy with statement earrings and a gold crossbody.

Cristin Cooper knows all about what to wear to a holiday party!

Cristin Cooper knows all about what to wear to a holiday party!

Shop the look: Velvet Top (Runs Small: Size 6) / Madewell Jeans (TTS: Size 27) / Black Earrings / Gold Clutch / Black Pumps (TTS)

If you are looking for something a little dressier, here are some options for dresses to wear to festive casual, cocktail and black-tie holiday events from Nordstrom.

Festive Casual Holiday Dresses from Nordstrom


Cocktail Holiday Dresses from Nordstrom


Black-Tie Holiday Dresses from Nordstrom

Shoes, Accessories & Clutches Perfect for Holidays

Thanks for reading and I hope you find something great to wear for your holiday parties from Nordstrom!