7 Outfit Ideas For Any And Every Festive Occasion

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Between fitting in family, friends and the office party we all moan about but secretly love, the festive season can take its toll on your wardrobe. With an array of occasions to fit in, and many dress codes to meet, there's only so many times you can pull out that faithful little black dress and hope for the best.

So this festive season, why not push your style boundaries a little? Because, let's be honest, tactile textures, embroidered embellishments and metallic finishes become de rigueur the moment you start your advent calendar.

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Helpfully, THE OUTNET.COM's Christmas Shop has you sorted, whatever the occasion. Some moments, like present-opening on the big day call for something cosy, while others, like cocktails with your mates, are more of a fancy heels affair.

We've taken the guesswork out of holiday season dressing with our handy style spinners, where every look's a winner. Scroll on for stylish combos that suit every date in your diary - and find out how you could win one of the looks...

1. Forced festive fun (aka the office Christmas party)

There's a lot of clichés when it comes to the work do (in-jokes with your work wife, mince pies and some non-HR-approved extracurriculars). Don't make your outfit one of them. Opt for a silky slip dress, like this slinky DKNY number, and pair with statement platforms and an eye-catching clutch for a cool spin on festive dressing. More The W than Wetherspoons, you know?

Shop the look: Jill Sander platform sandals, £198; DKNY satin dress, £190; Proenzer Schouler suede clutch, £448

2. Friendsmas

Christmas with the fam can be fraught - tensions between Great Aunt Maude and your outspoken sister, plus a bottle of Bailey's, plus being stuck indoors for 18 hours straight = not good. But Friendsmas? Friendsmas is always beautiful. You can go some place fabulous, sip cocktails and not have to endure any 'when are you going to settle down/have a baby/become CEO of Google?' comments. Bliss. Toast the occasion in a slogan jumper and team with slim-fitting trousers and mules for an insouciant vibe.

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Shop the look: Sandro appliquéd sweatshirt, £78; J Brand glitter leather leggings, £395; Proenza Schouler leather mules, £282

3. The warm-up drinks

Christmas Eve is a little bit like getting ready for a big party: kind of, sometimes, a little bit more fun than the main event. Christmas Eve doesn't have the same pressure as the 25th. It's more about relaxing into the festive spirit, getting excited for the next day, and waiting up until midnight for Santa to arrive (just us?). Get into the spirit with a foxy cocktail dress - we love this Jonathan Simkhai beauty - and pair with studded heels to keep it edgy. Finish with a boxy shoulder bag for an individual twist.

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Shop the look: Jonathan Simkhai ruffle mini dress, £380; Sergio Rossi studded heel, £362; Gianfranco Lotti leather bag, £730

4. The main event

There's two kinds of families on Christmas Day. You either dress to the nines, or get cosy first thing, and stay that way. If your family falls into the former camp, here's our suggestion. Skip the reindeer jumper and go for a Sonia Rykiel shift number, then bring the drama with drop earrings. Add a pair of suitably festive heels for an outfit that's as glam as it is chic. And you're ready to hit the eggnog.

Shop the look: Sonia Rykiel satin mini dress, £260; Kenneth Jay Lane sequinned earrings, £32; Jimmy Choo London riffled sandals, £338

5. The dozy sofa day

If your family's a little more 'let's-chill-on-the-sofa-and-watch-Love-Actually-on-repeat', there's no need to get all glammed up. Instead, look to luxe loungewear and comfy knits for a snuggly, stylish outfit. A cosy jumper, some kitten-soft sweats and a pair of low-heeled mules is all you need for a day of curling up in front of the TV, happily dozing through films you've watched a gazillion times.

Shop the look: Brunello Cucinelli checked sweater, £770; Acne Studios wool-tweed sweatpants, £218; Newbark shearling slippers, £180

6. The family stroll

Along with watching The Queen's speech and getting really into Heads Up, the 'Boxing Day walk' is a British Christmas institution. Make it a walk to remember this year with some stylish separates - Emilia Wickstead has the last word when it comes to statement winter coats, so style yours with your favourite luxe jumper, some failsafe (and roomy) boyfriend jeans as well as boots quite literally make for walking.

Shop the look: Emilia Wickstead jacquard coat, £670; Belstaff plaid sweater, £164; Re/Done panel jeans, £260

7. The festive day (and night) out

There's no shortage of festive events in December, from ice-skating to hitting up a Christmas market, so finding an outfit that works for any type of last-minute outing is the holy grail. Try mixing this cold-shoulder top from Ellery with casual-but-chic trousers and slick boots for an outfit that'll dial up and dial down when you need it to. Game over.

Shop the look: Ellery cold-shoulder top, £245; Iris and Ink leather leggings, £395; Jimmy Choo London leather ankle boots, £288


Whatever the occasion, find the perfect festive wardrobe on THE OUTNET.COM. For your chance to win a festive outfit, enter below…

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