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Small talk? You’re ready. Hostess gift? Wrapped. And now you’ve got your new party outfit selected, too. Here are the latest looks and how to wear them throughout the season.

Gucci Ruffled Top

The Ruffled Shirt

Super-feminine but also a little wild, the new ruffled tops and pussy-bow blouses are all the rage. And they’re endlessly versatile. Wear yours with a flirty skirt to a holiday party and then with jeans after your fancy event.

Get the look: ASOS ($46); Free People ($118); See by Chloé ($450)

Plaid Party Outfit

Updated Plaid

Maybe it’s a matching top and trousers. Maybe it’s two clashing patterns worn together, such as a vest over a shirt. But now plaid is decidedly breaking out of its staid rep and having a party. Join in the fun.

Get the look: Zara top ($40) and trousers ($40); Paskal skirt ($395); MM6 Maison Margiela top ($495)

Velvet Blazer
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Velvet

A blazer or long skirt in bright red or another jewel tone is a happy holiday classic that’s been updated for 2016 in softer fabrics with a bit of drape. The new way to wear velvet is with a T-shirt and denim skirt to look like you remembered to dress for the party but didn’t overthink. 

Get the look: Cartonnier blazer ($148); Tibi trousers ($295); Smythe blazer ($695)

RELATED: ’90s Alert: How to Wear Velvet This Fall

Party Pants Pajamas

Silk Pajamas

The heels you wear to accessorize this outfit will take you from bedtime to out-for-the-night goddess. Be sure to point this out to your father when he remarks that you forgot to change out of your pj’s.

Get the look: Victoria’s Secret ($72); Naked ($180); Violet and Wren shirt ($188) and pants ($176)

Booties

Statement Booties

Maybe they have lots of colors. Maybe an interesting plastic heel. Whatever their quirk, the latest styles have walkable (i.e., chunky) heels and the power to refresh your go-to LBD. Plus, they’re something you can talk about with Marge from accounting.

Get the look: Lost Ink ($58); Zara ($159); Christopher Kane ($895)

Military jacket shorts

Military Jacket

The gold buttons and embroidery look festive, and it’s especially pretty over a lace dress or loose Bermuda shorts now, and with a turtleneck and trousers on colder days.

Get the look: Nasty Gal ($126); Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply ($245); Burberry ($2,795)

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Party Pants

The only thing hotter than your caramel brûlée latte is sequined leggings or wide-legged trousers. Wear them now with an oversize sweater and heels, and later with a beat-up jean jacket and sneakers.

Get the look: H&M ($50); Free People ($148); Lauren Ralph Lauren ($398) 

RELATED: 5 Ways to Wear Party Pants Instead of a Dress

 

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