There are no specific dress codes at hand when it comes to holiday parties, maybe that’s why some of us are more overwhelmed than others when thinking about all of our options. A few of us like to be creative but most of us like to be comfortable. There is no doubt that jeans are a girls go-to for comfort, so that’s why I have compiled a quick go-to list for the “Do’s and Don’ts to Wearing Jeans to the Party”. When jeans are set to make an appearance at a holiday celebration a certain level of sophistication must accompany them to pull off a look of elegance that’s comparable to the cocktail dress or the more modern pant suit.


Wear a longer length top with some flow, especially if you’re wearing skinny jeans. Make sure the top has embellishments OR opt for the peplum top, which always looks sophisticated paired with a nice bold statement necklace.

An embellished top is mandatory, and if your top isn’t embellished (such as sequins, etc) then your blazer needs to be. Pair rich fabrics such as velvet, jacquard, lurex, silk, fur and lace for a blazer or vest.  

Generally a blazer adds a nice finished touch to the outfit, especially with the longer length tops. It creates structure and shows off your shape more.

Make your heels have a statement, whether it be by pattern, jewels, feathers or fringe. Wear a pair of shoes that is above the average plain pump.

Always accessorize with your jewelry, making bold statements such as wearing multiple rings, tons of bracelets, unique earrings, and depending on how embellished your top is, a bold statement necklace (we don’t need to go overboard).  

Generally the rule of thumb is to wear darker denim, because it looks more dressy and is easier to pair. (Unless a rad look comes together with a pair of light denim 🙂 ) 


Do not wear a skin tight top that hits at the waist.

Never wear a sleeveless top that shows a lot of cleavage without a blazer or jacket.

Do not wear boots to the party with a pair of jeans. A closed-toe pump, a two strap heel or peep-toe heel is preferred, which comes across as more feminine and elegant than a pair of boots or booties.  You have to class things up if you are coming to a party in a pair of jeans.

Depending on the party, most of the time, you want to stay away from destroyed denim; it takes the classiness down a notch, which isn’t intended for holiday parties.


J. Brand denim  /  Scotch & Soda blazer   /   Drew plaid top   /   Equipment blouse   /   L. George necklace   /   Kendra Scott earrings   /   Jenny Bird choker   /   Rebecca Minkoff clutch   

ALL IMAGES: COURTNEY CHRISTIAN of Courthead Does Photography

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