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Six Festive Party Outfits You Can Also Wear to the Office

I’ve never liked buying pieces that only work for parties. Instead, I take a more versatile approach to my wardrobe.

By Madeleine Kim

If a party is like a Saturday, getting ready for the party is like a Friday—the day that’s all anticipation, the promise of sparkly times to come. In my opinion, it’s the best day of the week (and getting ready is the best part of going out).

For that reason, I like to savor my getting-ready time. I do my makeup slowly with Yebba playing in the background. I sip a cozy drink as I peruse my closet. I take breaks to text my friends and hug my dog. Of course, my favorite getting-ready days are the ones when I have an exciting new piece to wear. But at the same time, I’ve never liked buying pieces that only work for parties (as you can probably guess by now, I’m very into being at home). Instead, I take a more versatile approach to my wardrobe, prioritizing pieces that make sense for special occasions, work, and everything in between. You too? Here are six festive party outfits that you can also wear to the office.


Nice Knits

Now that I live in Texas, I’ve grown to appreciate cool weather in a whole new way. As I write this, it’s 53 degrees in Austin, and I’m using the opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasure of wearing knits. Pieces like the silk jersey Meg top and the boiled wool Leah skirt are ideal for this sort of weather, because they’re simultaneously cozy and breathable. Try them with the Ginger pumps for an elegant look that’s both party-ready and office-appropriate.


Monochromatic Magic

This festive monochromatic ensemble makes it look like you put effort into your outfit, but really, you just threw on your comfiest dress and your favorite jardigan. The Regina dress in cerise features an easy silhouette and unique, pleated cuffs. Wear the Merritt jardigan open, or cinch it at the waist for extra definition.


Elevated and Easy

Neutral colors and classic cuts make these pieces versatile and easy to style. But make no mistake: This outfit is not basic. The vegan leather Archie pants elevate everything by adding dimension and sheen, and the Leslie T-shirt is made from buttery pima cotton that looks as luxe as it feels. The brown of the vegan leather is rich, but it’s still light enough to create contrast with the black top and boots.


Jumpsuit Up

A jumpsuit has all the festive flair of a dress, but it’s way easier to dance in. The Carr in drapey satin would be perfect for your next cocktail party, but the collar and tailored fit mean you could also wear it to the office for a chic, professional look.


Say Aloe to Stretch

A few months ago, I flew to New York to visit the M.M. office. I got to catch up with my colleagues, have some in-person meetings, and—of course—try on our upcoming styles. The very first thing our Merchandising Director, Shelby, had me try on was a dress made from stretch crepe, a new fabric from our holiday collection. As soon as the dress was on my body, I got why a description via Zoom could never do these pieces justice. Stretch crepe looks super structured and provides tons of coverage, but it feels lightweight, flexible, and airy in a way that you just have to experience to understand. My favorite new stretch crepe dress is the Ciela in dark aloe, which is just the thing to wear on days when you’re going straight from work to something fancy.


Short and Sweet

Chic miniskirt plus cozy turtleneck—is there any better fall fashion duo? The vegan leather Whitney skirt has a short hemline that makes it perfect for parties, while the Axam turtleneck and some semi-sheer tights offer enough coverage that you’ll feel comfortable at work. Business, meet pleasure.

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is the Senior Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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