Think outside the red and green box when choosing your next party pretty wearable. There are beautiful color options other than red that will make you stand out like the star at the top of the tree. So while traditional colors are fine, we’ve curated some fresh, delightful holiday looks that say festive without making you look like a Christmas candy cane.
Mint and pink
Frosty mint is the perfect foil for pink this holiday. Like a cupcake with mint sprinkles, the colors are feminine and slightly retro (think 1950s poodle skirts). The way to keep the unexpected colors modern and party-worthy? Add silver accessories to bring more frosty festive to the look. A vintage-looking statement necklace and single sole silver pumps are perfect with this duo, since both are on-trend now, while still harkening back to the feminine ’50s.
Merlot and ice blue
Merlot, oxblood or plain old burgundy … whatever you call it, this color is the more sophisticated cousin to holiday red. Pair with an icy blue to make opposites attract. The rich and regal merlot makes the powdery blue pop. Want to add even more style to the pairing? Add a hit of camel-colored animal print via a shoe or bag. This combo from Philanthropy — a chunky sweater and velvet wine-colored jeans paired with a pom-pom-topped knit hat and fingerless gloves — is the perfect caroling party attire.
Fuchsia and gray
If merlot is the sexy cousin to traditional holiday red, then fuchsia is the cheeky niece. This lively color pairs well with slate gray (black is too harsh with this fun color) and looks amazing with touches of silver. Add the luxe element via a fur infinity scarf, like this one from Emmaline, and you have the perfect festive party look that works for a cocktail party when paired with heels, or an open house or brunch if worn with opaque tights and booties.
Royal blue and black
A regal color that is often overlooked during this season, royal or cobalt blue is strong enough to pair with black and say “holiday.” This dress, from Jondie Boutique, has a damask pattern in black for a wow factor and is utterly desk-to-dinner party-worthy. Pair with black heels and a blazer for work; for after-hours, add metallic heels and clutch, pile on bangles, and it looks perfect for a party.