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What to Wear on Christmas Eve, Last-Minute Edition

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There are plenty of things that can go wrong for serial procrastinators during the holidays. After waiting in department store lines for hours and dropping obscene amounts of money on last-minute plane tickets home, finding the perfect Christmas Eve outfit should be the least of your worries.
Don't panic: We’ve got you covered with four last-minute looks for just about any kind of holiday celebration — like an elegant dinner with friends or a laid-back family gathering — all shoppable below.

The Devoted Holiday Dresser

Nailing the perfect holiday look is all about balance, especially when it comes to color. If you're not sure what to buy first, a good place to start is with a solid-colored dress like the emerald Opening Ceremony one listed below. Throw on a pair of red heels and a bag of the same shade to match, and finish the outfit off with a minimalist gold choker.

Shop the Look:

1. Opening Ceremony dress, $237

2. Christian Louboutin shoes, $995

3. Zara clutch, $70

4. Jennifer Fisher necklace: $1,225

The Chic Suit

If you're looking for something a little more unexpected than, say, a minidress, a sleek tailored suit is your best bet. Skip the blouse altogether in favor of a fitted tuxedo jacket, and instead of the usual tapered tuxedo pants, try a pair of flared-leg trousers instead.

Shop the Look:

1. H&M blazer, $55

2. H&M trousers, $35

3. Michael Kors shoes, $197

4. Marni clutch, $868

Casual But Dressed

A great pair of jeans are key to mastering a laid-back-but-put-together look this holiday season. Allow your blouse to be the focal point by keeping your denim simple and clean. The asymmetrical ruffled hem on the Marques'Almeida top below adds a tasteful amount of festiveness without going overboard. Slip on leather shoes and a small statement bag to complete the ideal look for a small gathering with friends of family.

Shop the Look:

1. Marques'Almeida top, $551

2. Boohoo jeans, $37

3. Zara shoes, $119

4. & Other Stories bag, $145

Cocktail Ready

Try mixing menswear with a flirty dress for a different approach on your usual cocktail attire. Slip dresses, like the J.Crew option below, are quickly becoming the go-to dresses for the holiday season. Throw on a long blazer for a bit more coverage, along with suede sandals and a black shoulder bag, and you'll be all set.

Shop the Look:

1. J.Crew slip dress, $225

2. Zara blazer, $149

3. Aquazurra shoes, $650

4. Valentino bag, $2,345


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