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17 Pieces to Wear to a Holiday Party When You’re Not Feelin’ a Dress

LBDs are the ultimate party getup when you want to look classy and chic, but if rockin’ a frock just isn’t in the cards, the answer to the inevitable “What am I going to wear?” question becomes a whole lot more complicated. But it doesn’t need to be — there are so many other ways to show off that sartorial know-how and nail your holiday party look. From velvety tops to show-stopping, shimmery trousers, these 17 stylish alternatives to the standard party dress have you covered from now until New Year’s.


1. Silence + Noise Portia Jumpsuit ($119): It doesn’t get any sassier than this. A wide leg jumpsuit with a fitted, cross-front bodice is sure to turn heads with its edgy, modern allure. Rock it with platform sandals and chandelier earrings. If temps take a major dive, add in a glittery v-neck top for a little extra warmth.

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2. ASOS Super Skinny Trouser in Metallic Co-ord ($63): Sleek suiting is the ultimate alternative to the traditional party dress. It says classy, cool and ahead of the sartorial curve. Pair it with a sassy crop top or go for a tuxedo-inspired look with a polished blouse.

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3. H&M Sequined Turtleneck Top ($50): Staying warm and on top of your style game doesn’t have to be at odds. A sequin-studded turtleneck has you covered in drafty rooms and city streets, plus it’ll steal the spotlight the minute you walk through the door.

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4. Free People Swingy Velvet Jacket ($198): Two words: red velvet. If that doesn’t say show-stopper, nothing will. Pair it up with leather-look leggings, a sheer, cream-colored blouse and studded heels for a femme-fatale-meets-ladylike feel.

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5. Article & Teague Tartan Cape ($90): Not every get-together calls for going all out, and that’s where this tartan cape comes in. It’s festive, uber cozy and totally fuss-free. Win the whole holiday dressing thing hands down by pairing it with dark skinnies and sleek booties.

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6. ASOS Sequin Irridescent Romper With Mesh Insert ($117): Icy blue sequins, sheer sleeves and a playful short silhouette translate to a holiday look that everyone will be gushing about for weeks.

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7. Ann Taylor Petite Sequin Ankle Pants ($119): It’s that time of year when sequined pants totally fly, so the only question is: Why would you not wear them at every opportunity? Do it.

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8. Eleven Paris Padore Cracked Foil Sweatshirt ($142): Lazy girls everywhere, rejoice! This cracked-foil sweat is the answer to all your holiday wardrobe dilemmas. It’s cozy and effortlessly chic. Pair it with leather joggers and metallic heels and get ready to take on all those festive fetes in style.

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9. Topshop Bardot Velvet Crop Top ($80): Your favorite Bardot top just got a major seasonal makeover with plush velvet and a rich jewel tone. Perfect with everything from metallic skirts to clean-cut trousers.

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10. BB Dakota Owens Midi Skirt ($110): This quicksilver skirt is fit for a snow queen. Wear it with a soft, oversized knit in a snowy white hue, glam crystal baubles and ankle strap pumps and prepare to reign supreme at all the get-togethers on your agenda.

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11. Topshop Embellished Fringe Top ($95): Shine bright from now until New Year’s with a sequin-studded, fringe-flecked top. Wear it with leather for an instant jolt of cool.

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12. H&M Patent Leather Pants ($299): If you’re looking to make a statement this season, patent leather pants are where it’s at. Keep it classy by rocking it with a soft knit or flowy blouse and boyish flats.

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13. & Other Stories Metallic Wool Sweater ($65): Get your (subtle) sparkle on with a warm merino wool sweater threaded with specks of silvery glitter. Layer it over metallic trousers or a simple, side-slit skirt.

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14. Topshop Foil Caged Cami ($52): Wallflowers, beware — this foil top is anything but understated. The strappy caged cut dresses up a classic cami, while green foil fabric screams dance floor diva.

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15. Free People Oxanna Velvet Flare ($128): If you’re looking for another way to get your velvet fix, then you need a pair of these flares in your life. Wear with a sequin top and platforms for the ultimate fusion of throwback and festive vibes.

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16. ASOS Embellished Romper With Fringed Cape ($108): Want to blow everyone away the minute you walk through the door? Then this is the fashion-forward look you need to add to your holiday repertoire.

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17. Topshop Foil Pleated Midi Skirt ($115): This coppery number means less time deciding what to wear and more time getting your party on. By day it makes for a next-level office outfit when paired with a chunky knit and block heels; by night it’s a classy yet totally fun hero piece that instantly elevates a v-neck cami and strappy sandals.

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Ahhh, fall. There are so many things to love about this time of year (give us ALL the sweaters and pumpkin-flavored eats). But, high on the list comes autumn decor candles, throws, textiles — you name it. Of course, buying items and actually adding them to your room are two different things. So we're turning to Instagram for the best styling advice and inspo for the season. Scroll on to see everything you need to get those wheels turning!

@sbkliving: Sometimes, it only takes a chic doormat to transition your front steps for the season. Hello, fall!

@rachelpuccetti: Excuse us while we spend an entire lazy Sunday relaxing in this fall-infused space.

@farmhousetofrills: A monochrome mantel never looked so chic. (That fireplace pumpkin setup is seriously *genius*.)

@faith_hope_home: Greet guests with a fall-themed entrance to set the tone for a day of pumpkin carving or scary movie marathoning.

@simplysoutherncottage: Don't forget about those nooks and crannies! This entryway/mudroom situation is capturing our little harvest-loving hearts.

@6thirtydecor: Speaking of pumpkins, pick up a few extra gourds to pave the way into your cozy autumn abode.

@farmsteadonfirst: That guest bedroom you weren't sure what to do with it? Transform it into a rustic retreat with some fall signage and mustard-yellow and green accents.

@fiddleleafinteriors: We're going to take a second to *swoon* over this adorable kitchen setup. Those farmhouse accents and simple centerpiece setup? We're in love.

@ohmydearblog: Contrary to what you think, florals *aren't* just for spring. Bring them into your abode by selecting buds in moody tones to pay homage to the season.

@simply.mrs.z: Drawn to modern style? Play up the Halloween vibes by picking black, orange and brass accents to rock on places like your bookshelf. (Bonus points for carrying the theme over to your textiles.)

@drivewaytodreams_crystal: We're going to go ahead and give two thumbs up to all of these orange-hued accents. Backdropped with a neutral furnishings and they truly *pop*!

@cripcollectiveig: For those who don't want to go overboard with the "fall stuff" this one will speak to you. Compile a couple of cute throws and a minimalist pumpkin print on your mantle and you're set

@cavcottage: Who said fun pillows were limited to furnishings only? We're ALL about this entry display.

@houseon77th: This daybed setup is a *dream*. But actually, this would be the perfect space to doze off in come the colder days.

@kristenforgione: For a more festive Halloween look, overhaul your living space with a spooky handmade addition like this one. *Googles paper bat DIYs.*