Holiday Party Style Guide

Published by Englin's Fine Footwear on 8th Dec 2016

Holiday Party Style Guide

We've all been there: A flyer for the company Christmas party or an invite to a friend's holiday get-together sends you into a panic. What gifts will you bring? Who's going to be your date? And most importantly, what are you going to wear? Whether it's a fancy dinner party or an ugly Christmas sweater competition, you want to look your best at this time of year, and the perfect pair of shoes is essential.

We at Englin's Fine Footwear want to do more than help you find great shoes from all your favorite brands—we want to help you show them off! We've used Polyvore to make some outfits we think you'll love to flaunt at holiday gatherings (or anytime, really). Let them inspire you as you go shopping or raid your own closet. And as always, the shoes are available here on!

-The Swanky Soiree-

Fancy gatherings are often the hardest to prepare for, but they give you a chance to show off your innate beauty, elegant refinement, and impeccable sense of style. Pair a gorgeous dress with the right pair of shoes, and the rest is easy! There's more than one way to be the belle of the ball, so here are a couple of our favorites:

Christmas Party: Munro Taylor

Featured: The Munro Taylor in Leopard Fabric. Also available in Black Fabric and Black Kid Leather.

You can never go wrong with a red dress, especially in the season of red and green. A touch of leopard print, showcased here on a gold barrette and the Munro Taylor, lends a sassy edge to an already flirty ensemble. Glittering gold accessories like an intricate floral wrist cuff and gorgeously simple earrings add sophistication and show off your good taste. Paint your nails a shade that matches your dress, then add a coat of gold sparkles if you've got a bold streak. Black tights keep your legs a bit warmer in cold temperatures, or you can go with nude hose for an alluring look.

The Munro Taylor is a gorgeous, trendy "shootie" that, like all Munro shoes, is available in a huge range of sizes and widths. The best thing about these shoe-height boots is their versatility: You can wear it to your big holiday party with a pretty dress, and then pair it with jeans the next day! The Taylor has an array of comfort features such as a breathable lining, a supportive steel shank, and a removable contoured footbed. A shock-absorbent, slip-resistant sole keeps you on your feet when you're kicking up your heels.

Satin and Sapphire: Clarks Keesha Rosa

Featured: The Clarks Keesha Rosa in Black Croc Leather. Also available in Aubergine LeatherBlack Leather, and Grey Synthetic Fabric.

In recent years, holiday decorations of blue and silver have become almost as common as red and green, so that color combination is a solid choice for your wardrobe as well. A satiny blue dress with silver accessories will help you put the decorations on the tree to shame. The silver accents are what give this style its charm, especially jewelry that features sapphires, diamonds, or pearls. A shiny silver clutch will hold your necessities, while a gray-based smoky eye and a wine or cranberry lipstick completes the look. Low-heeled black pumps like the Clarks Keesha Rosa are classic and comfortable enough to keep you dancing all night.

When it comes to pumps, the Clarks Keesha Rosa helps you stand out from the crowd. The Keesha Rosa is available in a variety of colors and styles that combine a patent leather cap toe with a contrasting material. For this outfit, we like the Clarks Keesha Rosa in Black Croc, which pairs crocodile-embossed leather with gleaming black patent. A soft textile lining and a removable Cushion Plus™ with Ortholite® footbed keep your foot cozy, while the 1" heel and rubber sole provide dependable stability.

-The Ambiguous Invitation-

Sometimes, when you're invited to a party, you don't know what to expect. If the style of dress isn't recommended on the invitation, you may be at a loss about what to wear. Luckily, there are ways to compromise so that you fit in wherever you go! Never worry about being over- or under-dressed with an outfit like the one below:

Happy Holidays: Naot Amato

Featured: The Naot Amato in Vintage Grey. Also available in Jet Black and Volcanic Brown.

You can never go wrong with a retro-inspired look. This A-line dress with a Queen Anne neckline would be as at home in Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe as your own. Whether the gathering is dressy or casual, you can wear a cute dress like this with confidence. Holiday-themed accessories like these red bow earrings keep it fun and relaxed. A long wool coat will keep you warm on your way in, and a faux fur collar adds that extra touch of elegance. Finish it off with some subtle eyeshadow, a classic red lip, and a pretty pump like the Naot Amato, and you're ready for anything!

Subtle rhinestone accents, an ornate floral cutout strap, and premium leather give the Naot Amato its beauty, but this lovely pump isn't all about looks: It also offers unbeatable comfort. This is thanks to Naot's trademark contoured footbed, which is made from malleable cork and memory foam. This footbed actually molds to the unique shape of your foot over time, providing custom comfort and support. Made using tough yet flexible Strobel construction and elevated by a 2¼-inch heel, the Naot Amato is a smart choice for parties year-round.

-The Casual Christmas Party-

Maybe your friends are having an informal holiday gathering, or you're going to see distant relatives at the family Christmas dinner. Sometimes, there's no need to get all dolled up, but you still want to make an impression! Rock these casual styles and you'll be the life of the party:

Casual Christmas: Sorel Tivoli II Suede

Featured: The Sorel Tivoli II Suede in Black. Also available in CurryNori/Black, and Quarry.

It doesn't get much simpler than a tee and jeans, but you can make even this everyday combo shine with the right shoes and accessories. A festive seasonal tee keeps you right in style, while black skinny jeans give you the comfort you crave in a slightly dressier look than the standard blue. Gorgeous yet understated jewelry like this pearl earring, ring, and choker set shows you made an effort without appearing too flashy. A black velour hoodie keeps you warm and cozy, and these Sorel Tivoli II Suede boots offer a stylish finishing touch.

Sorel boots are a cold-weather favorite because of their warmth, comfort, and unique profiles, and the Sorel Tivoli II Suede is no exception. This medium-height, waterproof boot is perfect for trudging through the snow. A molded rubber outsole provides the traction you need on slick surfaces, while 100g insulation and a fleece lining keep your foot cozy and warm. A removable EVA footbed covered in plush microfleece offers support with every step. With supple suede trimmed in faux fur, the Sorel Tivoli II Suede is as nice to look at as it is to wear, so you can feel great sporting it at all your holiday events.

Seasonal Standout: UGG Blayre II

Featured: The UGG Blayre II in Black Leather. Also available in Chestnut LeatherLodge Leather, and more.

For some of us, style is less about what's trendy and more about being true to our own brand of beauty. Bending fashion rules is an art form in and of itself, so don't be afraid to wear what makes you look and feel your best. Stand out from the crowd with this unusual pairing of a layered tulle midi skirt and a one-shoulder cable knit sweater. Christmas fair isle leggings bring the holiday cheer while a sweet red bow provides a necessary splash of color. Keep your makeup and jewelry simple to offset the boldness of the rest of the outfit. For your feet, there's no better choice than the UGG Blayre II, an UGG boot that doesn't compromise on comfort or class.

If you love the coziness of UGG boots but the popular UGG New Classic silhouette just isn't for you, the UGG Blayre II provides a distinctive look while cuddling your foot in lush sheepskin. A cushioning Poron insole supports your foot all day long. Water-resistant suede or leather keeps moisture at bay, while a curly sheepskin cuff gives this boot a comfy seasonal vibe. A medial zipper makes this 7-inch boot easy to put on and take off as a decorative buckle and strap keep it chic. Walk your own path in the UGG Blayre II!

-Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest-

A party theme that has become popular lately where guests are encouraged to wear the ugliest, tackiest Christmas sweater they can find. Ugly Christmas sweater contests certainly take the pressure out of choosing the perfect look, and it can be a lot of fun coming up with the most outrageous outfit. If you're attending one of these parties, you can find some truly obnoxious sweaters at major retailers, or you can DIY one of your own. Here's one of our favorites!

Ugly Christmas Sweater: UGG Kristin

Featured: The UGG Kristin in Chestnut. Also available in BlackGreyLonely Hearts (Pink), Navy, and Purple Passion.

This tree-mimicking sweater is sure to be a hit at any ugly sweater party. Decked in tinsel and fluffy ornaments, a sweater as abominable as this one is sure to inspire some laughter. Pair it with red skinny jeans and a goofy holiday beanie for maximum effect. Gaudy accessories add to the hilarity, while classic chestnut boots like the UGG Kristin keep it grounded. Apply some eyeshadow that glitters like the Christmas tree, and you'll be too cute to handle.

The lovely UGG Kristin, part of UGG's Classic Slim collection, offers a refreshing take on the typical UGG boot design. Crafted from Twinface sheepskin and suede that is pretreated to repel moisture and stains, this sweet UGG boot subtly complements any casual outfit. If you like a bit of arch support, the Kristin has you covered. Luxuriate in the sheepskin lining and UGGpure wool insole, while the 1½" wedge keeps your style on point. Finished off with a flexible, traction-enhancing Treadlite sole, the UGG Kristin is a must-have for boot lovers everywhere.

The options are endless when it comes to holiday outfits. We hope you like our ideas, but don't be afraid to show off your own unique style! There are plenty of great boots, pumps, and sneakers to choose from on our site, so take advantage of the holiday sales and look your best all season long!

Looking for the perfect present to bring? Check out our Holiday Gift Guide for Her and Holiday Gift Guide for Him to find styles they're sure to love. And don't forget: Follow us on Polyvore for more fashion inspiration!