Here's How to Wear Pants to a Party

It's that time again. Time to a firm up a solid holiday-party outfit. Sure, you could throw on the little lace something that's occupied your closet for a decade. Or! You could go all out in a pair of sequined pants. To keep you from spiraling into a how-do-I-wear-that? meltdown, we've rounded up ten fun, unexpected, totally baller outfit ideas.

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Mix Sparkles With Sweaters

It’s all about mixing textures, folks. Go for the unexpected in a pair of shimmery trousers and a relaxed knit sweater.

Get the look: UGG sweater ($126); Free People pants ($91); Bill Blass boots ($228)

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Pair Metallic Pants With Silky Tops

Really, anything shiny wins. Temper the rest of the outfit with a dark draped blouse and minimal heels.

Get the look: Topshop blouse ($68); Rachel Zoe pants ($365); Charles David heels ($132)

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Dress In Head To Toe Velvet

So comfy, so cozy, so perfectly trendy. Bonus points if you go for velvet that isn’t classic black.

Get the look: Nasty Gal top ($40) and pants ($40); Sam Edelman heels ($84)

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Try Non-black Patent Leather

Red leather pants might sound intimidating, but wear them with a classic black cashmere sweater and dainty black kitten heels and suddenly they’re not so edgy any more.

Get the look: Cuyana sweater ($145); BCBG Max Azria pants ($248); Loeffler Randall heels ($225)

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Partner Subtle Shimmer With Fun Feathers

Understated shine can loose its wow-factor in a room full of sequins and glitter. Ramp things up with a bold feathered top and you’ll be hard-pressed to fade into the crowd.  

Get the look: TSE x SFA sweater ($430); Alberta Ferretti pants ($308); Kate Spade New York heels ($137)

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Couple Plaid With Faux Fur

Plaid is rad. Especially when topped with the coziest-ever coat and accented by a contrasting patterned handbag.

Get the look: Saks Potts coat ($2,294); Veronica Beard pants ($450); Fendi bag ($1,980)

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Give Culottes A Chance

Is that a skirt?! Nope. Keep it comfy with this style—just balance it with a fun print up top and a flash of metallic on the bottom.

Get the look: Akris Punto sweater ($417); Warehouse culottes ($35); Jane and the Shoe heels ($63)

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Suit Up

Borrow from the boys. Go bold. Own the party.

Get the look: Tahari by Arthur S. Levine suit ($179); Tory Burch heels ($278)

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Or (jump)suit Up

An entrance-making one-piece is never not a good idea. This little number is by Valentino (sigh), but anything with a sleek cut and a pop of color works.

Get the look: Eliza J jumpsuit ($138); MICHAEL Michael Kors belts ($66)

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Fake A One-piece Wonder With A Two-piece Matching Set

Much easier to pee in but just as fabulous.

Get the look: Lulu's top ($39) and pants ($49); J.Renee heels ($100)

Additional reporting by Abby Hepworth

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