Last-Minute Christmas Party Outfit Ideas

By Marcella Kukulka

It's the day we've all been waiting for: Christmas! Most likely, you've been running around the house setting up decorations, making Spotify playlists, and non-stop helping your Mom prepare a delicious feast in the kitchen. Who actually has time to think of a good outfit to wear? Whether you're attending something formal or casual, The Avenue has a few different outfit ideas that will inspire your wardrobe choices at the last-minute! 


Whether you are spending the evening with coworkers at a fancy work gala or with your family at the Ritz Carlton, the concept of this outfit is to look as sophisticated as possible. To make your outfit typical yet engaging, try wearing a velvet sport coat. It has a beautiful wine color which is very in-style at the moment. A matching red vest underneath contrasts greatly with a white shirt and champaign or off-white tie. As always, don't forget to add a chic watch and sleek Oxfords for completion. 

Paul Frederick - Sport Coat (Red, $210)  

Nordstrom - Dress Shirt (White, $40)

Ties - Silk Gabie (Off-White, $25)

Ballin - Flat Front Solid Wool Trouser (Brown, $195)

Cole Haan - 'Hamilton Grand' Plain Toe Oxford (Dark Brown, $280)

BOSS - 'Aeroliner' Chronograph Bracelet Watch (Silver/White, $237)



Forget the LBD and take out your CRD - Classiest Red Dress! With formal attire, tastefulness is key, so try to find a dress with a hemline that is a bit longer than usual. Keep the dress simple so that jewelry can be bold and gold! A cascading necklace like the one from Natasha Couture goes beautiful with a high neckline. To finish off the look, add a classic medium-sized, black clutch and a pair of matching pumps!

Felicity & Coco - Ruffle Sheath Dress (Red, $98)

Natasha Couture - Multi-strand Chain Fringe Necklace (Gold, $36)

Chanel - Classic 2.55 Flap Bag (Black/Gold)

Argento Vivo - 18 Stack Bangles (Gold, $55)

Superpark - Red Bottom Stiletto Heel (Black, $38)


This ensemble plays off the two essential colors of Christmas - red and green. Starting off with some straight-legged red jeans, add a comfy flannel shirt with green and white tones for balance in hues. A relaxed gray cardigan adds another layer for extra warmth. Finish off the look with a brown belt and high-top boots. 

Roark Revival - Flannel Shirt (Burgundy, $66)

H&M - Alpaca Wool-blend Cardigan (Gray, $60)

True Religion - Ricky Straight Jean (Vintage Red, $164)

Next - Tan/Navy Reversible Belt ($12)

Clarks - Banfield Zip (Tan Leather, $105)


Simple, cozy, and vibrant - what more could a girl want in her Christmas Eve outfit? Stay snug in a white over-sized and chunky sweater. To slim the silhouette and brighten up the look, add a pair of green sequined leggings. Always in style during the holiday season, add a pair of velvet ballet flats and a matching infinity scarf. A fringe scarf will add more fun detailing and dimension to the look since the sweater is quite flat. In this ensemble, your Christmas spirit will shine right through!

H&M - Cashmere Blend Sweater (White, $149)

H&M - Sequined Tights (Dark Green, $40)

Mix No. 6 Fixler - Velvet Ballet Flat (Red, $30)

BP - Chunky Knit Fringe Scarf (Burgundy, $29)