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What Parisians Wear to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Style

What Parisians Wear to Celebrate the Holiday Season in Style

a woman wearing a Paco Rabanne evening gown at Paris Fashion Week street style FW23

Discover seven French holiday party outfits for effortless chic. The holiday season is upon us, and with it comes a flurry of brunches, dinner gatherings, Christmas drinks, and other festive soirées. If your diary is already brimming with such events and you’re pondering over what to wear, worry not! I’ve carefully selected a collection of chic jumpsuits, elegant dresses, sophisticated pants, and complementary shoes and coats to ensure you look stunning, whether you’re playing host or a guest.

In today’s article, we will explore seven French holiday party outfits that embody that Parisian effortless elegance. From the iconic combination of a black tuxedo jacket—inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s “Le Smoking” jacket—and denim to the timeless allure of the little black dress, each outfit is a nod to Parisian chic with a contemporary twist. We will explore different styles to add glamour to your wardrobe. From sequin dresses to the sophisticated combination of a tuxedo jacket with a sheer skirt, or the sleek appeal of a black and white jumpsuit. Keep scrolling to explore these seven French holiday party outfits and shop for any pieces you might need to re-create these looks.

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a Parisian woman wearing a Paco Rabanne sheer skirt at Paris fashion week street style FW23
Paris Fashion Week Street Style FW23. Photo: Launchmetrics Spotlight.

1. Tuxedo Jacket + Denim

The tuxedo jacket offers a sublime alternative to the traditional little black dress. For a chic-décontracté Parisian holiday party outfit, combine a classic black tuxedo jacket —inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s famous “Le Smoking” jacket— with dark blue or black denim. This mix of formal and casual embodies the effortless elegance that Parisians are known for. This season, I absolutely adore this Sandro tuxedo jacket you can wear over this gorgeous Figaret Gillia ecru shirt in silk. Pair with this pair of Totême high-rise tapered jeans. Complete the look with comfortable ballerina flats like these chic Chloé bow-detailed velvet point-toe ballet flats and with black knee-highs.

2. A Touch of Sequin

This year, elevate your holiday party outfit with a touch of sequins, whether in a dress, a cropped jacket, or a top. For instance, the structured elegance of this Sandro cropped jacket can be beautifully contrasted with a white silk shirt and black denim, creating a sophisticated yet casual look. Alternatively, this Rosaé Paris Le Elvis sequin dress or this Sézane Halet dress, paired with sheer black tights and ballet flats, exudes a très chic vibe. Layering it with the stunning Sandro long coat —a personal favorite— adds a refined touch, perfect for the chilly Parisian evenings. Another chic option is to wear this Rosaé Paris Le Barcelone sequin top beneath this Sandro tuxedo jacket, teamed with jeans.

3. The Little Black Dress

The timeless little black dress, or “la petite robe noire,” remains a quintessential element of Parisian holiday fashion. This versatile piece is a staple in every French woman’s wardrobe, ideal for various occasions, from chic dinners and nights out to cocktail parties and romantic dates. Its beauty lies in its simplicity and the ease with which it can be adapted to any special event. This season, I have found the perfect little black dress: the Sézane Eliana dress! I’m also particularly fond of this chic Sandro dress with a jewelry collar—which I’ve added to my wishlist ;)— and which will look absolutely stunning paired with sheer black tights and ballet flats.

4. Statement Top + Jeans

For an effortlessly chic Parisian holiday party look, the combination of a statement top with classic jeans is a winning choice. A statement top is a key piece in any Parisian evening-wear wardrobe, offering both style and versatility. Pairing it under a classic tuxedo jacket with dark blue jeans strikes the perfect balance between chic and casual. This outfit is ideal for those moments when you want to look stylish without going overboard. This season, I have a coup de coeur for this Esse Evie scarf shirt in crema and this Sandro tweed cropped top.

5. Tuxedo Jacket + Slightly Sheer Skirt

The pairing of a tuxedo jacket with a long, slightly sheer skirt offers a sophisticated and contemporary alternative to the classic little black dress. This season, I recommend this très chic J.Crew tuxedo blazer in Italian wool in Ivory. Complementing this blazer is this sublime J.Crew full-length tiered skirt in chiffon. Alternatively, consider opting for this Esse Aire silk maxi skirt—to wear with black opaque tights. To complete this ensemble, add a cropped white button-down shirt and a pair of ballet flats. The result is a chic and refined outfit that perfectly embodies the Parisian spirit of effortless elegance.

6. Chic Jumpsuit + Mary Janes

For a très chic Parisian holiday party outfit, consider pairing a classic jumpsuit in black and white—like this superb Ralph Lauren Collection two-tone piqué and velvet halterneck jumpsuit—with a pair of Mary Jane pumps—this season, I absolutely adore these Gianvito Rossi velvet platform Mary Jane pumps—to elongate the silhouette. This outfit is ideal for those seeking a refined yet comfortable outfit for holiday celebrations.

7. The Chic Nightwear-Turned-Partywear

For a unique Parisian holiday party outfit, consider Sleeper’s feather-trimmed crepe de chine pajama set, a chic nightwear that can turn into partywear. Alternatively, Sleeper Boudoir feather-trimmed satin pants paired with this Sandro velvet bodysuit, or this open-shoulder bodysuit offer a sophisticated look. Add a pair of ballet flats and complete the ensemble with a classic black crossbody bag, et voilà!

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  • You have the most amazing French style ever!! I absolutely loved all the outfits in this post. so classy, chic, and so darn sexy. Saved so many for future inspo. thanks so much for sharing your Parisian style tips. they are great.

    ana | la belle society

  • These outfits are to die for. I wish I was a small size – and could look good in these styles. I have a large bust and very self conscious of how I look now due to being disabled. I used to be a size 12 (UK) now with mobility problems I am 14/16 wait/hips but 18/20 on top.
    I always love to see your choices and dream.
    Do you have any recommendations as to what style is in in bags – please ????
    Thank you again. You are amazing x

  • Sorry I forgot to mention that with requiring to use a walking stick – I need a back I can put on the shoulder to leave a hand free. Merci……

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