WHAT TO WEAR TO A CASUAL HOLIDAY PARTY

With the holiday celebrations in full swing, I've been finding myself sorting through my closet for something special to wear -- dressy, but not too dressy -- casual, but not jeans and a tee. Scott and I have always been pretty low-key in our celebrations, but we do love getting a tad dressed up to celebrate the season with our closest friends, family and coworkers. This time of year also usually seems throws me into a bit of a spin when it comes to picking out which outfits to wear to all these memorable holiday events, but this year -- I think I've got it!

I've realized that the key to looking dressy for the holidays, while still keeping things casual enough that you feel comfortable and yourself in, is to mix and match those special pieces with your favorite everyday wears. This Madewell x No. 06 collab silk dress (which is now sadly out of stock -- fingers crossed it comes back soon1) is the show stopper when it comes to this year's party wear -- it's silky, long and makes me feel dressed up (but not over dressed). And while I know that I could easily dress it up even more with a nice pair of pumps and a classic clutch if need be, I kept things casual with my favorite accessories -- black heeled boots, my beloved leather jacket, a wide brimmed hat and a Sezane bag (the ultimate casual and classic brand, if you ask me!). 

This past weekend was my work's annual holiday party and this is exactly what I wore (minus the hat, that is -- I was having a good hair day)! We tend to keep things pretty casual around the office and at our get togethers, so wearing this outfit felt perfectly right! We celebrated the amazing year we had at a local wine bar with our incredible team from near and far surrounding us. There may have been a few games of charades, along with a little Q&A and a Christmas sing along! I truly work with the most amazing group of people and couldn't be more thankful for my work family! Ok, ok -- I'll stop being mooshy, but it's true! Tis the seasons for ALL the feelings, right?!

What's the dress code at your work holiday party or your next festive get-together? I have to say -- I wouldn't be mad if we had to dress up full glam, black tie and all, one of these days! I've actually been ooing and awwing over Gal Meets Glam's recent holiday wear posts and could totally see myself dressing up in some of those beautiful gowns she has!

I would love to hear your tips and tricks on what to wear to a casual holiday party! Style is SO fun because you can always play it up or play it down depending on your mood or the occasion. 8+ years into "style" blogging and I'm still truly enjoying sharing my daily wears -- who would have thought! Here's to a festive and casual holiday party season, friends! Hope you have the best time celebrating with your loved ones! 

-Chelsea xo