7 Elegant Party Outfits Ideas for Work and Holiday Events

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You may be seeking inspiration or guidance for elegant outfits to wear to an upcoming party. Whether your outfit prep is for a work evening party, a dinner event that requires a little oomph, or maybe you’re getting ready for the holiday season and its impending festivities.

This elegant party outfit guide will help you get ready for your upcoming events using styling guidelines that will make the process easy and effortless.

In this blog post, we will cover elegant party outfit ideas for work/office parties and holiday/Christmas party events. There will also be links to the items displayed, or similar items if the original is not currently available.

How to Dress Elegant?

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Dressing elegant is an art form that is simple for some, but needs to be cultivated by others. We know that an outfit is elegantly styled by the feelings and associations that are conjured up as a result of seeing the look. In addition to wearing an elegant outfit.

Being aware of these characteristics and traits can help us to curate an elegant look that is best suited for us individually. All in all, the characteristics that are commonly associated with an elegant look/outfit are:

  • Polished
  • Sophisticated
  • Clean and Neat
  • Effortless
  • Easy-Going
  • Comfortable
  • Versatile
  • Subtle

Elegant WORK Party Outfits

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Elegant party outfits are great for Christmas office parties and networking and cocktail events. These types of outfits are usually a combination of everyday classic pieces paired with special/glamorous items.

An easy way to curate an elegant work party look is to combine two aspects. Pair your best everyday office attire that is elevated, elegant, and sophisticated with a special/glamorous item that is already in your closet, or purchase one that can be worn in multiple ways.

For example:
This white balloon sleeve top is a classic everyday item that I’ve worn with pants, skirts, and jeans. Taking a top like this – that is elevated – and pairing it with a glamorous piece will easily create an elegant party outfit perfect for a work event.

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To create elegant party outfits using this top, I paired it with a sequin skirt and sequin pants (see below). These elevated looks are a timeless way to achieve a festive elegant look that is office-friendly.

Let’s take a look at the elegant work party outfits that I curated using this balloon sleeve top, in both black and white:

Outfit 1:

elegant christmas party outfits

In this outfit, I paired the everyday item (white balloon sleeve top from Amazon) with a black sequin skirt and silver pumps as the glamorous additions (also from Amazon).

These glamorous additions easily transform an everyday work attire look into an elegant party outfit. This is the key to creating elegant party outfits for work events.


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Glamorous addition:

Outfit 2:

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Glamorous additions:

Outfit 3:

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Outfit 4:

elegant party outfits

This black wrap blazer top paired with black slim-fit ponte pants is one of my staple everyday/office outfits. I like to throw this on on a Monday morning when I need to create a quick and easy outfit when I am having the Monday blues – which is every Monday, to be honest. Haha.

It’s a simple go-to look for me that is easy, comfortable, reliable, and it provides the polished look that I like to have.

I used this staple work outfit to create an elegant work party look by swapping out my staple black pumps for gold pumps and exchanging my diamond studs for gold statement earrings.

This is one of the easiest ways to create an elegant work party outfit. Swap out everyday, staple accessories for a more glamorous and festive kind to transform it into an outfit that is perfect for an office party.


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Elegant HOLIDAY Party Outfits

Elegant Christmas party outfits

The holiday season is a time of year when we get the opportunity to delve into the world of elegant holiday party outfits.

The great thing about elegant holiday party outfits is that they can also be worn throughout the year. These outfits can be worn to a wedding when invited as a guest and to any other formal event like a gala, etc.

The key to creating these types of outfits is to look for simplicity with details that pop but still have grace and sophistication woven into them.

For example, the red dress below has simple lines in its silhouette and adds a bit of pop with its sweetheart neckline and red color. This neckline holds a lot of grace and sophistication in its draping and design.

Let us explore some outfits that will be perfect for the Christmas and New Year seasons, as well as other formal events throughout the year like weddings and black-tie events.

Outfit 5:

Christmas holiday party outfit ideas

This Red Norma Kamali dress is elegant with a touch of sexy. Its red color is also perfect for the holiday party season. Additionally, the touch of gold in the earrings and pumps adds glamor, festiveness, and merriment to the look making it a perfect Christmas party outfit. It’s, of course, also perfect for a wedding guest look.


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Red Norma Kamali long sleeve sweetheart neckline asymmetrical hem dress

Gold Jessica Simpson Prizma D’Orsay Pumps

Gold Vintage Victorian Drop Earrings

Outfit 6:

Unique party dresses

This white dress by Dress the Population is the embodiment of elegance and sophistication. While keeping its line and silhouette clean and simple, it also adds a tasteful pop of detail with its asymmetrical neckline and the oversized bow on the sleeve. This is how you achieve an elegant party look.

This dress is so elegant that I can see it being worn as a bride’s dress at a simple wedding. It can also be worn by a wedding guest at an all-white-themed wedding.

Pairing this dress with silver pumps keeps this look clean and effortless in addition to providing elegance.


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Outfit 7:

Holiday Outfit Ideas

This burgundy velvet dress with a sweetheart neckline and ruched detailing provides an elegant and sensual look that is a head-turner.

The velvet fabric makes it perfect for the holiday season as it conveys coziness, opulence, and glamour. This is because these traits are all commonly associated with the Christmas and New Year seasons.

This look can also be worn to any formal events throughout the year like weddings, cocktail parties, dinner parties, etc.


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The dress in the photo is from Shein but it is currently sold out. However, here is this link to the dress in case it is restocked.

In the meantime, here are some substitutes that can help you achieve this look if the dress is still out of stock.

Dress Substitutes:

Creating elegant party outfits for office events and the holiday season does not have to be a daunting task. Use items that are already in your wardrobe, and add glamorous pieces to easily create a look perfect for an elegant party dress code.

Leave a comment if you have any questions in regards to creating elegant party outfits, and also let me know if the simple tips were helpful for you.

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