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There's so much pressure put on dressing for holiday parties—as if showing up, making small talk with strangers, and smiling through off-key carol karaoke isn't enough. Nope, you have to look the part: ugly Christmas sweaters, sequined dresses, and So. Much. Green. But if you're a Grinch like me, you'd rather just wear head-to-toe black and call it a holiday. By all means do that if it's the only way you'll go to the party—but if you want to dress up a little without looking like a walking Christmas tree, we have you covered. These recent celebrity red-carpet looks are simple, subtle, and chic—with just enough pop to make them holiday-party-ready. Check them out for a little inspiration.
If you're going to wear black to your next holiday bash, try a suit like the one Moore wore on a recent red carpet. It shows you put in effort but also lets everyone know you have zero interest in singing "Jingle Bells."
Hale's outfit has a similar energy. These pants came to party but not to drink eggnog.
The color of half of Lizzo's dress here is holiday-adjacent: forest green. If bright green and red isn't your jam, try something like this.
But if you do like wearing those colors, a simple dress, like the one Idina Menzel wore to her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony in November, will do the trick. (That being said, Idina Menzel can and should wear whatever the hell she wants to a holiday party—and if someone complains, she can say, "I gave you, 'Let It Go.'")
The same goes for Kristen Bell (aka Princess Anna). A crisp white dress like this is on theme for a holiday party. The colors you can just wear and have that be enough: red, green, white, and gold.
Bold, neutral patterns also work for a holiday party. People will be too mesmerized by your cheetah-print dress to see you're not wearing anything festive.
Ms. Tisdale applied this rule, as well.
As did Brenda Song.
The How to Get Away With Murder star's dress is formal enough that anyone who called her out for not being on theme would be a monster. That's another good strategy: When in doubt, just put on the outfit you wore to your last wedding. Unless that wedding was yours, of course. Don't show up to your office Christmas party in a wedding gown. (Actually, now that I think about it, please do.)
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