9 (Not) Ugly Christmas Sweaters & Festive Holiday Fashions

So, the weather outside is frightful. Big deal. There’s no reason your holiday party attire should be anything less than delightful this season. As the invitations start flooding your mailbox and inbox, it’s time to start shopping for festive novelty fashions that will get you in the spirit, no matter how cold or gray it may be outside. From gingerbread house prints to starry night tights to—yep—even a DIY ugly Christmas sweater kit, we’ve got looks sure to put you on Santa’s nice list this year.

Now, grab a glass (or vat) of eggnog, crank up the carols, and let the party season begin!

1All Tied Up in a Bow

Presents shouldn’t be the only things getting all the pretty trimmings this season. Wrap yourself in this sweet, flirty black and white bow-print blouse and hit the party circuit in style. You’re welcome.

LC Lauren Conrad shirt, $44

2Tree Skirt

We weren’t sure there was anything sweeter than a dainty (not to mention delicious) gingerbread house—until we feasted our eyes on this skirt. Toss on this whimsical A-line style, complete with a gingerbread house print, and you’ll be the belle of the holiday ball.

ModCloth Gingerbread Home Sweet Home skirt, $58

3Holiday Lights

This time of year just wouldn’t be the same without lights that sparkle and twinkle, shining from homes, stores and displays everywhere. Add a little bling of your own with a dazzling bracelet that will take even jeans and a T-shirt to the height of holiday glam. Bonus! In the spirit of the giving season, 70 percent of the purchase price of this bow style will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation through December 31, 2013.

Ann Taylor Brilliant Bow bracelet, $50

4Christmas Stockings

Get a, um, leg up on the holiday party scene by showing up in these fab black and white star tights. We love them with a red pencil skirt for an extra festive look—or tone them down with a simple LBD. Either way—trust us—you’ll want to hang these stockings with care.

Kate Spade Saturday tights, $25

5Winter Wonderland

Winter white not only says classic, sophisticated and just so Olivia Pope-pulled-together, but in a sea of obvious red and green, it will also stand out beautifully at your office soiree, cocktails and cookie exchange, or annual holiday get-together with friends.

Leifsdottir Antarctique white jacket, $198, Moulinette Soeurs Glisten tunic, $138, and Jasper & Jeera Shimmered Coin clutch, $128

6I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

You won’t be caught alone under the mistletoe in this fun, glittery lip-print sweater. A little bit nice, a little bit naughty—and a whole lot fabulous.

Halogen lips sweater, $68

7On, Vixen!

You can practically hear those sleigh bells jingling when you set your sights on these fab red tartan pants. Plaid is all the rage this season—and also a holiday classic. We love it dressed up with a black blouse or turtleneck and classic black pumps for a look that’s merry without being cheesy.

Express Tartan Plaid Studio Stretch pants, $80

8Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding

While we can’t admit we actually know what figgy pudding consists of, we’re still buying this tasty little coin purse shaped like a Christmas dessert. Stash it in your purse and spread a little cheer each time you buy the next round.

New Look Christmas Pudding Coin Purse, $7

9Ugly Sweater Contest

Got invited to an ugly sweater holiday party, but not feeling up to spending an afternoon in search of the most hideous holiday sweater? Here’s an easy way out: This DIY kit comes with a red sweater, white felt, felted reindeer, bows and snowflakes, pom-poms, ornaments, presents, beads and even googly eyes. It’s also got a sewing kit, green glitter gel and fabric glue so you can create your own entry while catching up on “Project Runway” reruns. Would your design win you a challenge? Doubtful. But will you be “in” at the bash? You bet. Now, order away and make it work.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Kit, $30

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