Whether you’re hosting an elegant Christmas dinner or attending an upscale Christmas dinner party, you’ll want to dress for the occasion. To help you figure out what to wear, today’s style guide shares inspiring ideas and tips to what to wear for this special celebration.

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

Keep It Classy with a Demure Dress or Skirt

Since Christmas is a religious holiday, opting for a classy outfit is definitely the way to go. Therefore, it’s advisable to not wear a short mini skirt, nor reveal too much cleavage, or wear anything that’s “too sexy”.

For these reasons, an elegant outfit (like this A-line knee-length skirt from Oscar de la Renta) is a wise choice. You’ll look demure and sweet, and will also be appropriately dressed for the occasion.

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

A Metallic Clutch Adds a Glam Factor

To add a glam factor to your outfit, accessorize with a metallic clutch (like this crocodile clutch from Nancy Gonzalez). Since a tote bag is too casual and a crystal-encrusted minaudière looks too fancy, a metallic clutch is a perfect option. Plus, it’s just big enough to carry your essentials.

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

Fine Jewelry Exudes Classic Elegance

To complement your outfit, fine jewelry exudes classic elegance. A delicate long necklace embellished with hand-carved gold and diamonds adds a subtle, yet sophisticated, accent. A pair of matching gold and diamond stud earrings (like the Marco Bicego jewelry worn here) finishes the look.

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

A T-Shirt Gives Off a Relaxed Vibe

While you probably wouldn’t expect to hear that a t-shirt can be worn with an elegant designer skirt, it’s actually a great combination. To help you relax and feel comfortable during a Christmas dinner, a fitted long-sleeved t-shirt (like this one by Majestic Filatures) is a wonderful example. This shows how a t-shirt can actually look fabulous when worn with a beautiful skirt. 

If you’re wearing a dramatic skirt (like one with rich tapestry fabric, as shown here), then wearing a simple black t-shirt is smart, because it allows the skirt to be the focal point.

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

Natural Beauty Gets a Festive Feel with Rich Berry Hues

To complete your look, use makeup to enhance your natural beauty. For a festive feel, a rich berry colored lipstick (in a semi-matte finish) adds the finishing touch. Plus, a berry-colored lipstick with a blue undertone makes your smile look brighter, which is helpful when taking Christmas photos. For a soft radiant glow, lightly apply an illuminated pink blush to the apples of your cheeks.

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

From your outfit and jewelry to your makeup and hair, when dressing for an elegant Christmas dinner, the key to remember is “keep it classy”. No matter what you choose to wear, opting for a sweet and demure outfit is always smart. Plus, your friends and family will be more impressed with your tasteful, sophisticated style anyhow.

As style expert, Rachel Zoe, reminds us, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” 

For more style tips and inspiration, check out the Fashion & Style section on Inspirations & Celebrations.

Style Guide: What To Wear To an Elegant Christmas Dinner

Photography by James Molinaro (JM3)

Fashion Stylists: Tracy Odle (Augustina’s Designer Boutique) & Christina-Lauren Pollack (I&C)

Apparel and Handbag c/o Augustina’s Designer Boutique; Jewelry c/o Augustina Leathers

Location: Villa Sogni d’Oro c/o Compass | The Oldham Group

About the property: Surrounded by a serene forest setting, this modern ocean view home offers quintessential luxury living in Pebble Beach, California. With its Mediterranean-inspired architecture and custom detailing, this spacious property is truly a tranquil retreat located within one of the world’s most desirable coastal destinations. From custom designed rooms (like an entertainer’s dream kitchen, an inviting living room, and a luxurious master bedroom) to fresh, contemporary finishes, this newly-remodeled home features an open floor plan and a courtyard to extend the celebration to outdoors. 

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