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This time of year brings on its fair share of stress. You’re focused on getting all of your work done before the holidays, budgeting travel, debating whether or not to indulge in yet another tin of office cookies, and coping with the fact that you just started thinking about what gifts to buy who on December 7th. No matter where your anxiety is coming from this season, sorting out your holiday party outfit(s) shouldn’t be one of them.
In that spirit, we here at Racked decided to lock in our looks a little early. Here, a handful of editors share what they’ll be wearing to all of their festive commitments this season.
I only ever want to wear dresses that are short(ish) with sleeves, and also could be considered ~too much~ from an aesthetic perspective (embroidery! lace! sequins! ruffles! beads!). Luckily, those requirements are incredibly holiday party-friendly. This Needle & Thread dress is on sale, but since it's still not cheap, I'd pair it with $43 black velvet (because: holiday) platforms from ASOS that look straight out of 1995. —Julia Rubin, executive editor
Pulled back hair, big gold hoops, and a simple sheath (with plenty of room to eat cookies for hours straight) is pretty much all you need. Bonus points for a party dress that you can throw over a turtleneck and/or under a sweater, pair with boots, and wear to work. —Britt Aboutaleb, editor-in-chief
In the spirit of truly costuming up for the holidays, I plan on wearing my midnight blue faux fur jacket that I wore this past Halloween (I was, in fact, a blue bunny). It won’t matter much what I put under the jacket (but it will matter that it can be office appropriate). So I’ll wear it with some leather trousers and a pair of disco-ball silver sparkly booties. —Alizah Farooqi, social media editor
I love wearing pants to parties, because my main priority is dancing and being able to bounce around without feeling restricted. I love the idea of a suit in lieu of a dress — my favorite way to wear one is by ditching a real shirt and just wearing a great bralette underneath. —Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director
Ralph Lauren releases a different bear sweater annually, so you can't get the exact one I wear to basically every holiday event that I attend, but you can get damn close. I ate last year's Thanksgiving dinner in mine, which is more business casual bear, and I wore it to last year's office holiday party. I'll probably wear it to this one, too. This velvet tie is $19 and is an easy way to get holiday party-ready without dropping holiday party money. A white shirt alone is a downer but a white shirt and a velvet tie makes you a festive king. —Cam Wolf, menswear editor
I tend to go back and forth on how hard I'm trying with the holiday party circuit outfits. Last year I pretty much exclusively wore sack dresses, so in 2016 I'm leaning into velvet, sparkles, and plunging necklines — but I'm going to mix it up with pants instead of a dress. Or at least I plan to, if I get my act together and head to Zara. I've got my eye on these cropped tuxedo pants (maybe the blazer, too) and this slinky velvet top. I'll probably top the look off with some sparkly earrings and my vintage leopard swing coat so I don't freeze on the way there. —Cory Baldwin, shopping editor
Every year I dream of being the one to make a suit situation happen, and every year I get distracted by some wear-one-time sequin dress and abandon the concept. So this year, when I saw this tuxedo jacket dress from Topshop, I knew it was The One. It’s super simple (and short!) and leaves a ton of room for me to play around with really flashy accessories, like these Loeffler Randall metallic mules and some wildly obnoxious earrings, probably. —Tanisha Pina, associate market editor