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The New Theory 2.0 Collection Makes Finding a Holiday Party Outfit a Breeze

Before you’ve even had much time to worry about it.

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A look from the Theory 2.0 pre-spring/holiday collection. Photo: Theory 2.0

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Have you already started stressing about what you’re going to wear to the multiple office holiday parties and distant family functions that are already creeping toward you this year? Probably. But thankfully, Theory 2.0 has solved that problem for all of us way in advance with its pre-spring/holiday collection.

Ranging in price from $85 to $495, the collection is split up between two different concepts: “Satin Season” and “Off-Leisure,” which, according to the brand, is “an evolution of 2.0’s mission to dress today’s woman for all occasions.” Satin Season offers a bunch of great options for holiday, like this gorgeous ankle-length slip dress ($365), these satin trousers ($225), and this velvet one-shoulder top ($165). Off-Leisure introduces really (really!) cute matching sweatsuits and separates that you’ll want to live in from now through winter.

The outerwear is definitely worth a shoutout, too, with a handful of different styles made of vegan patent leather and vegan shearling. This big shaggy red coat ($495) will be my next paycheck’s first (and subsequently only) victim — it’s too good not to give in.

A red blazer Photo: Theory 2.0

I’ll be honest: When Theory 2.0 first launched back in July as a capsule of sorts for Theory’s younger, on-the-rise employees, I wanted to be more impressed than I actually was. The concept had me sold — the company was trusting in its next generation of creatives to take on everything from sustainability and philanthropic efforts to actual product — but when I finally saw the clothes, I just felt meh.

I obviously appreciated that the price point was (and still is!) 30 percent lower than the main line, but it didn’t feel different enough from the minimal, office-appropriate Theory that I’ve known for as long as I can remember to really care. This new collection, though? I’m beyond excited about it. (My wallet, not so much.)

It all feels significantly younger, which you can probably attribute to pops of pink and red and the introduction of fun, new fabrications like satin and velvet. Oh, and did I mention that everything is machine washable? Seriously — you can throw all of the wools, velvets, and crepes right in the wash. See some of our favorites below, and shop the full collection over at