How to Dress Up Your Jeans for Holiday Parties

Many of you have said you have a lot of casual events this holiday season, so I’m rounding up several holiday outfits with bluejeans!

This is my favorite way to do holiday style. Keep it casual and comfortable, but level it up a bit with shoes and accessories… and maybe some sparkle. In this first look, I took a pretty blouse and paired it with dark wash jeans.

blouse (S) // jeans (28) // pumps (8.5) // earrings // similar clutch

These jeans are the AG Mari, and I’m wearing the 28, but they do fit snug in the waist. I’m in between sizes on this style.

This blouse is the CeCe brand, which you can find at Nordstrom and Macy’s. It’s fairly affordable, and the fabric is just a plain polyester/crepe, but the details on the sleeves make it special. I’m wearing the Claret Red, which I can’t seem to find on the website, but here’s a link to all of the CeCe tie sleeve tops at Nordstrom.

I actually wore this blouse to church on Sunday with black pants, but I like how the jeans give it a more relaxed vibe, even in this saturated wash.

Instead of my typical booties or flats, I went with a pair of metallic pumps, and then I added statement earrings and a metallic clutch. These earrings are from Stella & Dot, and I love the mix of gold and black. They’re very lightweight too. I also carried a box clutch in a metallic gold hue. This one is similar.

If you want a more casual vibe, try pairing an everyday sweater with a lighter pair of denim, like this look I created for Macy’s.

This is when accessories really matter. I would definitely add a pair of big statement earrings to this look for a holiday party. The shoes might work for a very casual event, but block heel pumps would be even better.

sweater (S) // jeans (29) // mules (7.5)

Here’s a similar look, and yes, these are grey jeans, but you could do this with blue jeans. I pulled this look from last year because this sweater is still in stock, and I like how it shows an everyday sweater with more blingy earrings. (Click on the silver color; these are in stock, even though it initially looks like they aren’t.)

sweater (S) // grey skinnies (28) // similar boots (8.5) // earrings

And this look shows blue jeans with a grey sweater and ankle boots. I was headed out to dinner with the family on Christmas Eve, but if I’d been going to a party, I would have worn more festive earrings, like this pair from J.Crew. I have these, and they’re really pretty with shades of grey and beige.

sweater // jeans // similar boots // earrings // necklace

And here’s yet another look from a couple years ago. This shimmery sweater is old, but you could do this same look with the Free People San Vincent in the Silver Sapphire.

similar sweater // jeans // similar pumps // similar bag

This is actually a sneak peek to an outfit I’m sharing next week, but it’s perfect for this post, so I’m throwing it in here. I love black and denim together any time of year, but it definitely works for the holidays. And these are the suede knee boots I linked to above. There are more sizes at Nordstrom, but not on sale.

black sweater (S) // jeans (28) // boots (8.5) // earrings // clutch

Alternatively, you can put a dressy top with an everyday pair of jeans, like this sequin flutter sleeve top from LOFT.

In this case, I would prefer black suede pumps or even a strappy sandal, weather permitting. I wish I’d at least tried this with my new suede boots. For some reason, suede looks dressier to me than leather. And of course, this look needs jewelry, but you get the idea.

sequin top (S) // jeans (28) // similar boots (8.5)

This velvet top is also from LOFT, and it has better inventory at the moment. I really love a velvet and denim combo. In this case, I would definitely add statement earrings and a pair of strappy sandals.

velvet top (S) // jeans (28) // similar boots (8.5)

Here are some more festive tops and sweaters you can wear to holiday parties this season with bluejeans, or even black jeans or pants for a more elevated look and feel.

Festive Tops & Sweaters

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13 Responses

  1. This post was perfect! We are leaving on a 5-day trip to the Boston area (I will think of your sweet daughter while there!) to visit family and need “fancy” tops to wear to two Christmas events. But the weather is showing temps in the 50’s and 60’s, so I will leave my heaviest puffer and snow boots at home! But I will certainly take my blingiest (is that a word??) earrings! 🙂

  2. Thanks for some great options for the casual gatherings we attend, usually in people’s houses. The biggest challenge is footwear, as most of the time people remove their shoes at the door. Slippers are fine but it changes the look.

    1. Ooh, that’s a pet peeve of mine. It’s not like I’m coming to a party wearing dirty shoes, I’m wearing cute sandals or something with a heel. In my experience, most people have hardwood so they’re not concerned about their carpet getting dirty, but if someone says something, I usually lift up a shoe to show them it’s clean and then tell them I’m a toe stubber, therefore I need shoes for protection, lol. That’s actually not untrue!

        1. I have one friend who asks everyone to remove their shoes because one year all the stilettos left divots all over her hardwood floors. The first time I was invited was a Christmas party and it was icy and cold outside, and I only had thin socks on with my boots and my feet were freezing. I know now to be prepared for slippers when I go over there!

  3. Goes to show how jeans can look great dressed up for so many occasions. Really love the San Vincente silvery sweater outfit, so fresh looking.

  4. My husband is thinking of gifting me a designer splurge purse for Christmas. I know you have both the YSL and Gucci bags. In your opinion, which one do you think would be the best to receive? I love your style and blog so I appreciate your input. Could you also include the links to the ones you have so you can get the credit? Thanks!

    1. Oooh fun! So like most matters of fashion, I think it’s largely a matter of preference, but I feel like YSL generally has more classic and lasting styles. Quality is similar. I do carry that Gucci Soho Disco a TON tho. It’s so easy and carefree, and b/c I tend to carry black more than taupe, I carry it more. https://shopstyle.it/l/bBz8B
      It also comes in a pretty beige – https://shopstyle.it/l/bBAcO

      The YSL I have is no longer available in my taupe with silver hardware. This beige one is similar, but with gold hardware – https://shopstyle.it/l/bBz9Y and if you like black, the black on black is cool too https://shopstyle.it/l/bBz9l

  5. These are great looks and most things seem to be dressy casual these days! I will say I’m enjoying my faux leather leggings this year! Can be dressed up or down and very comfortable.. a nice change from denim.
    As for the footwear situation most places we go to in homes here are no outdoor shoes! It almost seems odd to wear our shoes indoors 🤷‍♀️That’s year round too .. I don’t know maybe it’s a Canadian thing lol

  6. Wow!! I love so many of these looks! I am definitely going to have to try a few. The CeCe top is my fave. The sequin top sold out.

    Thank you Jo-Lynne

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