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What to Wear this Holiday Season
Standout ensembles for every way you celebrate. By Sarah Zlotnick
Comments () | Published December 1, 2009

>> To see our full holiday guide, click here.

The post-Thanksgiving party season has officially arrived. With a million reasons and ways to celebrate, choosing what to wear can often be as overwhelming as the Christmas Eve mall rush. How do you get dressed when you’ve got no idea what the dress code means? Worry not, style-pressed Washingtonians—our guide to holiday attire is filled with outfit ideas for every occasion.

COOKING WITH FRIENDS
For a casual meal at home, stick to comfy flats, cozy cardigans, and cheery kitchen accessories. Short sleeves will stay out of your way in the kitchen, a tweed skirt adds both texture and a touch of class to the ensemble, while a cranberry-based color palette keeps the whole thing holiday-oriented.

Bleu Dame rounded specs, $29.50.
Torn Chrissy Feathers scoop-neck tunic, $48.
J. Crew blushed tweed pencil skirt, $158.
Tory Burch Alexandra suede moccasins, $175.
Anthropologie Succulent pot holders , $12.
DINNER OUT WITH NEW FAMILY
First holiday with the significant other? Impress in-laws and new relatives with layers of quirky-smart style. The rich colors of this winter floral strapless dress showcase a cheerful personality, while the turtleneck-and-blazer combo proves you’re taking the first meeting seriously. Rich brown leather and suede accessories add warmth, while fly-girl diamond hoops are an unexpected and glamorously casual final touch.

ModCloth Babylon dress, $57.99.
Michael Stars Shimmer, Glimmer turtleneck, $48.
Forever 21 Chancellor Career jacket, $27.80.
Melie Bianco tote (worn as clutch), $88.
Forever 21 trimmed hoop earring, $7.80.
BCBG Paris Easty bootie, $59.95.

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