Foolproof Tips For Holiday Party Dressing, According To The Pros

As soon as those holiday invites start rolling in (Dinner with friends? Yes! Drinks with your S.O.? Of course. End-of-year office party? You wouldn't miss that.), the outfit pressure is on. You want to stand out from the sparkly pack, while staying true to your signature style. It's a tall order for anyone—and I haven't even gotten to footwear height yet.

For two members of Bustle's fashion team (including yours truly), holiday dressing can be categorized into two kinds of get-togethers: the friendly parties and the more upscale events. In partnership with I.N.C. International Concepts, Created for Macy's, we're sharing the key style strategies that get us through the season.

The Friend Party

Elly wears the Rainbow Sequined Blazer and Faux-Leather Whipstitched Skirt by I.N.C., International Concepts Created for Macy's.

Tip 1: When in doubt, sequin it out.

Look, I'm a big believer in shimmering my way through the holiday season. But I'm also a huge believer in band shirts. For a party hosted by my best friend, I'm wearing my usual T-shirt but answering the season's festivity with a rainbow sequined blazer. A faux leather skirt and always-appropriate glitter booties add a polished finish.

Jenna wears the Plaid Surplice-Neck Dress by I.N.C., International Concepts Created for Macy's.

Tip 2: A little layering always adds the drama.

A maxi dress in a tartan print is an elevated party pick, but for a friend's casual get-together, a little layering can completely switch up the look. Add a little edge with a dark mesh top underneath, then pair with platform kicks for a retro-inspired twist.

The Holiday Event

Elly wears a studded dress by I.N.C., International Concepts, Created for Macy's.

Tip 3: Extra texture dresses up anything.

Nothing makes me feel fancier than a little black dress — except when said-dress is decked out in studded embellishments for a fierce take on holiday glamor. I think a little texture can dress up any look, and when paired with a silvery sandals (and don't forget a bright lip!), you're ready to hit the dance floor.

Jenna wears the Velvet Blazer and Velvet Skinny Pants by I.N.C. International Concepts, Created for Macy's.

Tip 4: Velvet just feels luxe, in more ways than one!

Not only does a rich velvet texture physically feel luxe to the touch, but the overall vibe is incredibly luxurious, too. Especially when styled in a full-on suit, the dark look gets additional edge by foregoing a higher blouse for a deep neckline instead. Add silvery jewelry and a simple strap sandal, and you're set for any upscale event.

This post is sponsored by I.N.C., International Concepts For Macy's.

Photos: Eric White; Art Direction: Molly Kugelmann; Prop/Set Stylist: Erin Swift; Makeup: Ashleigh Ciucci; Hair: Marcos Diaz; Senior Editor: Jenna Wexler.