Style Guide: What Outfit to Wear for the Holidays

Holiday celebrations are back and we can’t wait to RSVP YES!

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get into the Holiday 2021 spirit — aside from making a steaming cup of hot cocoa — is to slip on your favorite holiday outfit! From company holiday parties to fancy dinners at home and nights out for holiday lights gazing, our Holiday 2021 Collection has fabulous party dresses and flattering jumpsuits for any occasion! 

Tejera is wearing the Sara 2.0 dress in red floral. She paired this dress with a simple black heel and a black clutch with gold details.

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Company Holiday Party

Celebrate the holidays with your colleagues in a workwear style fit for a party.

For most of us, this is a tricky one to dress for because on one hand, you want to maintain an air of professionalism in front of your co-workers. While on the other hand, you don’t want to dress like you would on any other workday. Where does that leave you? Somewhere between formal and festive, which can be hard to pinpoint—and that’s where we come in. Try our Lisa 2.0 tried-and-true faux wrap dress! She is already a workwear staple, however this season she is in a fun and festive red floral print perfect for that Holiday party!

Meet the holiday version of our classic Lisa 2.0 faux wrap dress. Check out our other Lisa's perfect for day-to-night!


Caroline is your next go-to work and holiday event sheath dress. Shop our other workwear styles here.


Jordan is wearing the Harlow black velvet dress and paired it with silver shoes and silver jewelry. 

Cozy Up with Cardigans

Don’t forget to grab a shrug or a cardigan to complete your Holiday look!

A look is never complete without a little extra coverage during the cold winter season. Go for a cool and cozy layered look by adding a shrug or cardigan on top of your outfit for the Holidays! Contrary to popular belief, a cardigan does not have to be an outfit ruiner, just pick one that has unique features that will ultimately add to your Holiday look. The CAxLZ Bianca cardigan in metallic bronze is a good option with its slinky, soft material and extra length and coverage. She will keep you warm all night while also adding a little shimmer and shine to your look! 

We love Ruth for her comfort, coverage and versatility.


This metallic cardigan will never let you down and she’ll make sure you shimmer and shine from day to night.


Holiday Gala & Special Occasion

Stand out in sequin lace or a bold colored gown!

When the occasion calls for formal attire, polished glamour and feminine charm is the key for your holiday outfits. Add that extra flair to your look with sequin lace fabric like the all new Grace dress in black or a holiday print like the Sara 2.0 dress in red floral. Catch the light at every turn and steal the spotlight in photos with sparkling sequins, or a bold colored gown. No matter how you celebrate the Holidays, when figuring out what to wear for the Holidays, keep in mind the nature of the event. Show up feeling confident in your look by being prepared and dressing for the right dress code. Learn more on our Dress Codes Decoded blog!

When a fancy special occasion or wedding calls for a more formal dress, look no further than Grace.


When the attire is formal, Natalia is the dress for you! 


This season the Sara 2.0 sleeveless floor length dress is in an all new, red floral print.


Camille is wearing the Isabelle red sequin lace dress and paired it with black heels and a simple black purse. 

Holiday Family Portraits

Look and feel your very best in photos that will last a lifetime!

Family photos for the Holidays are always a mother’s favorite! Granted, there is a level of stress that comes with dragging your family to a photo shoot. However, the end result is always worth the hassle! Book a great photographer and let us help you with what to wear! Go color coordinated with a bold holiday color, or go neutral. The CAxLZ Tracey top is a good piece to add that subtle sparkle to the photos and the tie front neckline will be great for those close ups! Whether your Holiday outfits for family photos are going to skew casual or fancy, we have a style for you.

You’ll love every moment you’re wearing the Tracey tie front top. 


Meet the holiday version of our classic Lisa 2.0 wrap dress. Perfect every woman no matter her shape or size.


Gayle is made from stretch jersey knit that holds you in at all the right places. 


Adriana is wearing the Stevie dress in sapphire and paired it with a nude heel and gold accessories.

Holiday Cocktail Hour

Choose a sophisticated and modern style for a Holiday cocktail party!

Nothing says cocktail hour quite like a sequin lace dress. Our Isabelle Dress is perfect for a holiday cocktail hour. The chiffon flounce sleeves add a sophisticated and modern twist to a classic sheath silhouette. While the fabric hugs your body in all the right places without being constricting. Pair with strappy black heels and your favorite silver jewelry for a stand out holiday outfit your girlfriends won’t be able to stop talking about.

Isabelle is a classic A-line dress made from fiery red floral sequin lace with chiffon flounce sleeves.


This version of Stevie is a great new addition to your day-to-night Winter wardrobe lineup.


Named for its cascading front panels, Cassie is an ideal classic sequin cocktail dress.


Jackie is wearing the Grace black sequin dress and paired it with silver heels and a bold red lip.

Holiday Light Gazing

Look chic, but feel cozy when checking out the Holiday lights with your loved ones.

Here’s a holiday tradition that’s a seasonal staple! Put on your favorite holiday playlist, slip into the Nora wine plaid dress, and go for a drive around town to see all the fun holiday lights. Our Michele long sleeve dress is guaranteed to keep you comfortable whether you’re walking around or sitting down. Not to mention the plaid design and red accents will be the perfect holiday outfit choice for all your pictures. 

Our CAxLZ Debbie joggers are your new go-everywhere pant. Dress them up for Holiday light gazing with a top and cardigan from our CAxLZ Classics Collection


Terri is wearing the Sunny black velvet dress and paired it with bold sparkling silver shoes and accessories. Tejera is wearing the Stevie colorful sequin dress and paired it with simple black heels.

New Year’s Eve

Celebrate the New Year right with a sequin or metallic look!

Can you imagine ringing in the New Year without the sparkle of lights? There'd be no magic! So shouldn't your New Year holiday outfit shine just as bright? We think so, which is why we turned up the razzle and dazzle on our favorite holiday fashions for women with gorgeous details that celebrate shimmer, glimmer and glamour. The Stevie sequin dress is a glitzy knee length sheath dress that will elevate any special occasion. No matter if the moment has you watching the ball drop at home with family, out with friends or celebrating at a glitzy event, these holiday outfits will have you looking spectacular.

Make any holiday or New Year’s Eve plans shimmer in Stevie.


Be ready for heads to turn as you walk in wearing Foxy!


Tejera is wearing the Isabelle red sequin lace dress, Karla is wearing the Harlow black velvet dress, Terri is wearing the Sheryl ivory jumpsuit, and Camille is wearing the Lisa 2.0 red floral dress.

You’re invited. Whether you’re trimming a tree, spinning a dreidel, lighting a candle or sending love out into the universe…we hope to take some stress out of holiday outfits. We can’t wrap your gifts, we can’t pour you a glass of wine (although we really wish we could), but we can provide help with ideas on what to wear for the holidays.

Dresses that comfortably move from a formal Holiday portrait to a six-hour family dinner are a reflection of how Connected Apparel integrates fashion and comfortability. Whatever your plans this Holiday 2021 season, we hope you slip into holiday outfits that make you feel comfortable and confident. If you loved these looks, shop the full Holiday 2021 Collection for more luxurious dresses and cocktail jumpsuits at affordable prices!

And if you wear any of our dresses for women or flattering jumpsuits to your Holiday 2021 celebration, remember to tag @ConnectedApparel and use #InMyCA on Instagram. We’d love to see!

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