8 Festive Outfits for Cocktail + Office Parties

Rounding up some of my favorite festive looks from over the years, and I scoured the web for the most similar petite-friendly pieces I can find to recreate these outfits! You can click through to any of the original blog posts for full item details and more photos. Which one is your favorite?

1. office: ribbon bow + sequins

A yard of velvet ribbon (get the kind without wiring inside) from the craft or fabric store is one of my favorite ways to change up a collared button up shirt. Just work the ribbon around the neck, under the collar, and tie it in the front. Works nicely on either a plain white dress shirt or a patterned one!

J.Crew shirt xxs, similar sequin skirt, similar trench, similar green velvet flats (my heels are Manolo)
Outfit from this blog post – see post for how this looks with black or charcoal tights

There’s a shortage of petite-friendly sequin skirt options this year, but l searched high and low for some!

  • Anthropologie gold A-line sequin skirt starting in xxs petite. Not my usual pencil silhouette, but this looks like a gorgeous, classic option that you can bring out year after year, and the elastic waist band is forgiving for overindulging in holiday treats!
  • Under $25: H&M silver sequin midi skirt with high slit. H&M runs small and an XS is usually fitted on my waist, but note this will hit petite ladies longer than as shown on the model.
  • Under $50: Bar III bronze sequin skirt in xxs & xs. Only 5 left since it’s an old style. I’ve tried on a VERY similar skirt from this brand last year and xxs was a great fit. I think it might have been the same skirt and it was more straight than A line.
    Under $50: Express navy sequin skirt. Haven’t tried this, but their 00 high waisted skirts usually fit me.
  • Under $100: BB Dakota silver sequin skirt starting in xs juniors, with free expedited shipping & returns!
  • Under $100: Halogen sequin skirt starting in xxs petite. Halogen usually fits me a tad big at the waist.
  • Under $100: Mango sequin midi skirt. Lovely soft ivory / champagne color palette but note this is again a longer length. Free ship & returns.

I’ve worn the tartan plaid + sequin skirt paring countless times and it’s always a hit!

holiday party outfit gold sequin skirt petite

J.Crew shirt xxs (similar), Ann Taylor skirt 00 petite (similar), Talbots belt (similar but narrower)

2. cocktail: Velvet + tulle

Two luxe textures come together in this twirl-worthy combo. Talbots has an extremely similar jewel toned velvet top available in petites, and Ann Taylor has this feminine tulle and velvet dot skirt with a grosgrain ribbon – so pretty! If you’re not a fan of tulle, any A line skirt would work just as well.

mommy and me baby holiday outfits tulle skirt

3. office: embellished blouse + tweed

Another play on mixing textures, this time with jeweled stones and sequins at the collar and a colorful tweed skirt.

Ann Taylor coat xxs petite on sale!, Talbots tights navy S, similar skirt, similar pumps 5
Outfit from this blog post.

4. cocktail: lace midi dress + faux fur

This affordable lace dress has been a reader favorite over the years (bodice runs small FYI)! Comes in a number of other colors including black and a hunter green for holiday, and will pair perfectly with a cropped faux fur jacket like this one I have in petites. The length of this dress is longer than pictured on someone petite, but I liked how it’s almost a maxi length for dressier occasions.

what to wear to a winter black tie holiday party or wedding_petite fashion

ASTR Lace Midi Dress xs (7 colors; torso runs small) + velvet ribbon, TDE Box Bag, similar sandals
Outfit from this blog post

5. office: holiday plaid + wool skirt

For a more sophisticated silhouette, swap in a wool pencil skirt (on super sale)!

holiday work outfit blazer

J.Crew Factory blazer 00 petite, skirt 00, Talbots tights navy S, J.Crew shirt xxs (similar)
Outfit from this blog post: Christmas Plaid Print Mixing

6. Cocktail: bold red jumpsuit

If you want to go bold, there’s no better season for a red jumpsuit! Mine is old but Express has THE most extensive selection of jumpsuits in petite sizing including numerous red options. If the style is wider cut in the legs, note the pant length will run a little longer but their xxs petite jumpsuits usually fit perfectly on me with 3 inch heels.

7. Office to cocktail: Sequins + lace

Overplucked brows aside, this is one of my favorite holiday looks that can go office party to cocktail!

Ann Taylor top (similar) xxs petite, similar black sequin skirt on sale
Outfit from this blog post

8. Cocktail: Off shoulder top + full skirt

Simple but stunning. I love the elegance of a sleek off shoulder top paired with a swingier piece!

retro A line fit and flare skirt petite fashion blog

semi-similar green midi skirt starting in xxs, Modcloth top xxs (very similar here & here in black)
Outfit from this blog post

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  1. JN wrote:

    What are your thoughts on bare legs and sandals for winter occasions like an office party? I know I could go the tights & pumps route, but some outfits just look better with bare legs. Bare legs & pumps a happy medium?

    Posted 12.13.19 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi there! I’m not sure what the dress code is typically at your office, but I would usually advise shying away from sandals at a business setting even if at a party (that one in particular was written into my previous office dress code). Totally feel you on the bare legs though and some looks are just not the same with tights, so I think bare legs and pumps should work perfectly as you suggested!

      Posted 12.16.19 Reply
  2. Elizabeth wrote:

    In love with all of these outfits, especially the dresses <3 🙂 So festive and pretty!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 12.5.19 Reply
  3. Love the red jumpsuit!

    Posted 11.28.19 Reply
  4. Maria wrote:

    You had me at plaid shirts for a party! Great post as always.

    Posted 11.26.19 Reply
  5. susan r rawls wrote:

    These are great looking outfits and they look so pretty on you. Thank you for the wonderful ideas on how to put together beautiful outfits for the holidays.

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  6. Eli wrote:

    You look amazing in all of them but my favorite is definitely the red jumpsuit 😉 You look incredible!
    have a nice day


    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  7. These outfits are gorgeous! I especially love the tulle skirt, the sequin skirts (I already have 2 sequin skirts, but am always looking for more!) and the last outfit – so elegant! As another petite person, I always appreciate seeing how skirts and dresses fit on a non-tall person.


    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  8. Hannah wrote:

    Jean, have you tried/seen the H&M horsebit belt in person? I missed the Talbots belt you posted about several years ago and have been looking for an affordable horsebit belt since!

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  9. Nicci wrote:

    Love these outfits. So pretty!

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  10. Janine wrote:

    I have to say my favorite is the ASTR dress 🙂 but I also love the red jumpsuit and the outfits that include a sequin skirt!
    Xx Janine

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  11. Nicha wrote:

    Lovely outfits as always! Already pinned them!

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  12. Mireia wrote:

    Super cute party outfits!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 11.25.19 Reply
  13. Kay wrote:

    You should check out Teddy coat from jcrew. Your daughter is so cute!

    Posted 11.24.19 Reply
  14. This is such a creative outfit guide! You’ve covered all the bases, and I love how different each look is. 1 is definitely my fave!


    Posted 11.24.19 Reply

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