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I feel like on some level, everyone struggles to find the perfect party outfit for the holidays. And while I would prefer that it was fashionably acceptable for me, a grown woman of 27 years, to show up to the soiree in my Christmas teddy bear T-shirt that my grandmother once gave me (Yes, this is a real t-shirt, and yes, I wear it all the time.), it won’t happen. However, putting together a festive holiday outfit is not as daunting a task as it seems. In fact, there are tons of holiday outfit color combos that will work—you just need to add a bit of festive flavor. Whether you’re heading to a holiday office party or just looking to shroud yourself in a holiday mood, there’s a holiday color combination that calls your name (perhaps with a few bells in the background).
Of course you can Go ahead and wear red and green (and you’ll see a very street-styling way to do it below), but there are also plenty of other color combinations that will give your outfit some party spirit. you do it no have to go all the way with your holiday ensemble if you don’t want to. A little touch of festivity here and there can be the perfect way to maintain your personal style while still holding on to that magical holiday feel.
Below, you’ll find 10 different holiday wear color combinations (Yes, including red and green)—and how to shop for them all. These chic street-style outfits from fashion-forward influencers are all very different, of course, but they have one thing in common: Every ensemble is perfect for the holidays. Some are more clearly holiday-inspired, while others you can wear almost any time of year. However you choose to rock this color combo, you definitely have it only just the right amount of holiday spirit.
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There’s no more chic brown that blends different shades of white, beige, and brown into one to create a monochromatic look with some depth.
Striped Turtleneck Sweater
To achieve this look, start with a good base, then shape everything else around it. For example, this chunky vanilla sweater from Forever 21 has the perfect shape. Plus, it provides a canvas for styling. You can wear a faux leather vest over the top for a sporty look, or go for a faux fur trench for something more luxurious. Then, complete the look with these fabulous cream knee-high boots that you will wear again and again.
While there are plenty of ways to dress for the holidays that don’t necessarily include mixing red and green, they’re still classics—and deserve a place in this roundup.
Front Plaid Pleated Mini Skirt
Instead of pairing red pants with a green top, try something fun, like red and green plaid. This perfect pleated skirt cue from Fore!
Fun and flirty, the combination of pink and red is a more cheeky holiday feel. Both of these hues are perfect for color blocking, so go ahead and mix and match as you please.
Shoko Sweater Dress
And of course, STAUD’s iconic two-tone Shoko Sweater Dress comes in a gorgeous red and pink color combination.
For people who like to wear red for the holidays but want to stick with a slightly more neutral secondary color, opt for reds and charcoal this season. These two colors pair perfectly, and there are many ways to style them.
Wool Pants Two Straight Leg Stretch
Luckily, J. Crew has the perfect pants for this neat, close-up look. Grab these tartan pants first…
Crosshatch Customized Blazer
…And style with this heather gray blazer from Topshop. Perfect!
Want to look glamorous this season? Winter white and sparkling silver make an excellent combo. You will look like a beautiful and snowy day come to life.
Cotton Blend Boucle Cardigan
Start by finding the perfect white sweater. Bonus points if there are some fancy buttons to tie on your sparkly bottom.
The Kicker Sequin Flare Hem Leggings
Sequined skirts are a great option, but I’m not going to lie — these sequined flare pants caught my eye.
Pairing green and black together is the perfect choice for a late-night getaway or a slightly more elegant party. You’ll still look festive, just a little more understated.
Lace Slip Mini Dress
If the black mesh underlay isn’t your thing, you can play it a little safer by pairing a pretty green dress—like this silk slip—with all-black accessories and a black wool coat. Eternal!
Take a chunk of your favorite red and add a dash of brown (We love faux fur coats!) The bold red will remain the focal point of your ensemble, but the brown will bring it down a bit.
Midi Dresses Attractiveness
Red! Hot! This red midi dress is sure to serve you well during the holidays and beyond. The little black dress is nice, but a little red always dress better.
Big Faux Fur Trench
This faux fur coat looks super comfortable—and can add a little bit of height (read: bougie) to your holiday ensemble.
Pink and green is one of my favorite color combinations as a tween, and it actually works really well for the holidays. If you’re still feeling too hot, you can always add a deeper green or red accessory to balance out the lighter hues.
If putting the two colors together seems difficult to coordinate, choose an outfit that already combines the two, like a dress from Reformation that you can definitely wear all year round.
If you like the combination of green and black, but want something different small For more glam, opt for green and silver this holiday season. The dark, velvety green pairs perfectly with the bright, shimmering silver, so this is truly a color combination that can’t go wrong.
An emerald velvet suit or dress—like this velvet jumpsuit—will really stand out when paired with shiny silver accessories.
Amazon has so many luxury accessories nowadays, but this blingy bag has to be one of my favourites. It looks a lot like Cult Gaia’s $400 style, but costs just $30.
Forget red, white, and blue—for the holidays, you can’t beat the classic red, white, and black ensemble. The whole vibe is relatively neutral until you add that red tinge. It’s hilarious in all the right ways.
Red Tulle Skirt
This look is a lot easier than you might think! Pair a white sweater or blouse you already own with a new red tulle skirt inspired by the Nutcracker ballet. Complete it with a black belt or pair it with a handbag and black heels and you’re good to go!
A version of this article was originally published in October 2020.