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 daily. 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 effortless-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 an exquisite 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.
2. The little black dress
The little black dress (“la petite robe noire”) 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. 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 love this very chic Sézane Harper dress, this Angélica dress, or this gorgeous Maje Roseo ribbed knit dress.
3. The going-out top
The going-out top is one of the most reliable pieces to keep in your evening-wear wardrobe. It’s the go-to top for any soirée that you can easily pair with black jeans, tailored trousers, or even comfy jeans.
For an effortless-chic holiday party outfit wear a party top underneath a classic black blazer and with jeans. I love this Roséa Paris Le Barcelone top paired with the Le Bonaparte blazer. I also love this Petite Mendigote Sally knit top that you can pair with these chic Veronica pants. It’s the perfect combo when you need to look chic without the risk of being too much.
4. The sequin dress
The sequin dress (or “la robe à paillette”) is the perfect dress to wear to a Christmas dinner party or to a New Year’s Eve party. There is something very glamorous about the sequin dress that recalls the Disco era in the 1970s or the Roaring Twenties. I’m in love with this fabulous Missoni sequined crochet-knit maxi dress and this Rosaé Paris Le Elvis sequin dress.
5. 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.
6. The chic jumpsuit
If you’re looking for a very comfortable and super chic holiday party outfit at the same time, look no further! A jumpsuit is the perfect festive attire. This season, I love this gorgeous Saloni Camille crystal-bow velvet jumpsuit and this luxurious Saint Laurent faux fur-trimmed velvet bandeau jumpsuit.
7. The relaxed yet chic crepe ensemble
If you don’t like wearing dresses, a crepe ensemble is a perfect alternative to the classic little black dress. This season, I’m in love with these Marie Marot x J.Crew drapey twill pants which feature a gorgeous art deco-inspired print. Plus, it pairs perfectly with the matching lounge shirt. Or consider opting for this chic Sleeper feather-trimmed crepe de chine ensemble.
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