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Interpreting Holiday Dress Codes: Casual

If the dress code for your holiday party this year is casual, might I recommend you go just slight above casual? It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, and casual certainly doesn’t mean that you should wear sweats. If it’s a holiday party, take the opportunity to wear your more casual pieces that are still festive and fun!

Click through for a few ideas to put together your casual party holiday outfits this year!

  • Chunky Tuck-Stitch Cardigan 1 of 8
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    This gorgeous herringbone chunky sweater is perfect for layering over anything from chambray, to plaid, to lace, to a graphic tee. With jeans and flats, it's casual, but fun. Also, it's not holiday-ish enough that you can't wear it all year long!

    Find it at Gap for $79.95

  • Fair Isle Open-Front Cardigan 2 of 8
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    This gorgeous sweater is cozy and casual, and I love the festive and wintery print!

    Find it at Gap for $79.95

  • Metallic Printed Sweatshirt 3 of 8
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    The metallic snowflake pattern on this sweatshirt makes a comfy piece festive and special!

    Find it Gap for $39.95

  • Fair Isle Crew Neck Sweater 4 of 8
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    The printed yoke on this sweater makes a simple red sweater festive and pretty.

    Find it at Old Navy for $34.94

  • Fair Isle Sweater Scarf 5 of 8
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    If you want to go really casual with just jeans and a t-shirt, throw on a red printed scarf to elevate your simple outfit!

    Find it at Old Navy for $17 (on sale!)

  • Dotlace Pullover 6 of 8
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    This pretty sweater would look fabulous with a pair of white jeans!

    Find it at Anthropologie for $98

  • Snow Puff Beanie 7 of 8
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    A bright red snow hat is a perfectly festive accessory for a casual holiday party!

    Find it at DownEast for $12.99

  • Bold Plaid Flats 8 of 8
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    I'm completely in love with these plaid flats and would wear them all December long!

    Find them at Forever 21 for $16.80

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