Here are 7 dazzling French-style holiday party outfits you can re-create with ease! It’s (almost) the holiday season and probably brunches, dinner gatherings, Christmas drinks, and other holiday soirées are already filling up your diaries. To help you plan a few fabulous holiday party outfits this season, I’ve rounded up chic jumpsuits, dresses, pants, shoes, bags, and coats so you can look your best — whether you’re hosting or attending.
For the holidays, French women like to present a chic and polished version of themselves by incorporating fashion pieces that differ from what they wear every day. Indeed, they generally swap their jeans for black dress pants, classic wool-blend blazers for chic suit jackets, or they tend to opt for une petite robe noire (the little black dress) or a chic jumpsuit.
Also, to create effortlessly-chic holiday party outfits, French women generally pair wardrobe basics with some statement accessories like embellished clutches or nice evening shoes. That way, a classic outfit is instantly sophisticated and more “habillé” (dressed up).
Keep scrolling to see these 7 dazzling French-style holiday party outfits and shop any pieces you might need to re-create these flawless looks for yourself.
1. The timeless suit
There’s no holiday party outfit more elegant than a classic black suit! I do love this masculine tailoring which was introduced by the famous couturier Yves Saint Laurent back in 1966 when he created the first women’s tuxedo suit (a.k.a. “Le Smoking”).
A suit for women is always a very elegant alternative to the classic little black dress. This season, I found this gorgeous Marie Marot x J.Crew blazer in stretch velvet you can pair with the matching straight-leg pants in stretch velvet. Or pair it with this fabulous Marie Marot x J.Crew sequin maxi skirt for a bit of festive flair.
2. The Little Black Dress · La Petite Robe Noire
The little black dress is the basic that French women wear for any special occasion such as a chic dinner, a night out, a cocktail party, or even a romantic date. And the perfect little black dress is the one you can wear in any special circumstances and with which you are most comfortable. This season, I’m in love with this Maje Short fitted dress (in limited edition) and this Sandro Two-tone lace dress.
3. The Disco Dress
The sequin dress (or “la robe à paillette”) like this Mango Scoop-back sequin dress is the perfect dress to wear to a New Year’s Eve party. There is something very vintage that recalls the Disco era in the 1970s or the Roaring Twenties.
4. The Tweed Shorts
If you don’t like to wear a dress, the mini black shorts (like this ba&sh Midos tweed shorts) is a great party outfit option. For a more polished look prefer velvet, corduroy, or tweed mini shorts and, like Camille Charriere in the photo, opt for sheer tights. Also, you can wear your favorite shorts with a nice shirt like this Hommegirls cotton-poplin shirt and a pair of black suede sandals with heels.
5. The Tweed Jacket
This winter season, I’m in love with tweed jackets à la Chanel like this beautiful Mango check tweed jacket and this Sandro tweed tailored jacket. You can wear it with a black pantsuit, a white top, and a pair of black heels.
6. The Black Tuxedo Jacket
The tuxedo suit is always a very elegant alternative to the classic black dress. And for me, the Yves Saint Laurent masculine tailoring (which dates back to 1966) is still a classic of the Parisian festive wardrobe.
7. The Mireille Darc Dress
If, this Holiday season, you’re looking for a more sophisticated variation of the little black dress, opt for a long black knitted backless dress reminiscent of Mireille Darc’s legendary dress in “The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe” by Yves Robert. The variations are endless, but I’ll recommend the Robe Darc by the French brand Musier (the one Anne Laure Mais is wearing in the photo).
Et voilà! I hope these French-style Holiday party outfits will help you find the perfect outfit for the Holiday season! If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment below.
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