Christmas is sassy, New Year is fun- the holiday season is simply amazing. The weather, the bonhomie, the cheer, and warmth all around and well, not to forget those late-night parties – everything is stunning about December. And then there’s the thrilling anticipation of a brand New year! Are you too all primped up to party hard and enjoy this time of the year to the hilt? After all, dressing up is so much fun – and in the Indian weather – this is the time when you can groom and preen without worrying about heat and sweat.

We know you invariably pull out (or better still, buy) a stash of gowns, dresses, western formal wear, suits, and swirly skirts for your Christmas, New Year, and holiday parties. But, we would like to give a happy twist to some of your wardrobe plans this year by suggesting smart ways to incorporate chic and trendy Indian wear in your Christmas party dressing! So when almost everyone is flouncing around in western dresses, imagine how gorgeously you can stand out in a sensuous saree! Still thinking? Well, then you do need to go through our fashion tips for impeccable Indian style Christmas dressing.

Best Christmas Party Dresses

1. Introduce Indian Elements

Rose Pink Net Designer Gown with Long Jacket

If you don’t wish to go the whole Indian way, consider introducing Indian elements to your Christmas party dress or a holiday season party outfit. You can add an Indian waist-coat or a long embroidered jacket to a flared LBD, or pair brocade trousers with a ruffle top or a voguish tunic. A long flared gown in Christmas colors- red, pink, golden, or green and Indian style embroidery is also a smart outfit choice!

Beige Cotton Embroidered Crop Top Palazzo with Dupatta

You can introduce Indian elements by adding Indian style accessories only, like Indian juttis with a dress, adding bangles, and an embroidered clutch to your gown ensemble. You can also be a little more experimental and pair a short Indian tunic with a western skirt or trousers! A gown paired with a designer dupatta – like a wrap – draped lightly over one shoulder – will turn out as a perfect amalgamation of Indo-Western sensibilities.

2. Indo-Western Fusion-wear

Shamita Shetty Light Grey Net Designer Embroidered Lehenga Suit

Indo- Western outfits and fusion-wear is for new-age ethnic divas. Contemporary Palazzo suits, trouser suits, Indo-Western gowns, fusion Anarkali suitscomfy Lehenga suits – you’ll find plenty of choices while planning your wardrobe for an Indian-themed Christmas party! Deep jewel hues are not only Indian but also are the need and demand of the season and festivals – so indulge in your love for deep ruby, indulgent wine, or even mystical emerald.

Sea Green Brasso Designer Lehenga Choli with Floral Print

When it comes to fusion styles – the sky is the limit! Create a classic crop top-skirt look of your own by pairing a long skirt from your closet with a choli. Or, you can order a printed lehenga choli and get the blouse stitched in a chic style and well, get rid of the dupatta- and there- you’re Christmas ready!

3. Modish Silhouettes

Rose Taupe Georgette Viscose Embroidered Straight Cut Suit with Sequins Work

You can actually go Indian – without being too Indian! This works best for those who love, or are most comfortable in Indian-wear, but wish to join the on-trend bandwagon for a fun Christmas gathering. Stick to Western elements, cuts and silhouettes like Victorian flounces, trousers, narrow, straight-cut kameez, frock styles, abstract prints, capes, waist-flaunting fit and flare styles et al. Channel a gorgeous cinched-at-waist gown made in embossed fabric and feel like a princess!

Pink Cotton Plain Kurti with Printed Palazzo

Plain silhouettes look flattering and go well with all body shapes. They usually tend to be more versatile- so you can style them in multiple ways.

4. Keep it Simple

Light Mauve Georgette Plain Saree with Frill Border

Indian ethnic styling and colors are a bit too strong for Western sensibilities. So, if you are attending a Christmas party with a typically western vibe – keep things simple! Stick to one key bling element. You can opt for an imposing party-wear saree and play low-key with the accessories, or a plain saree with a designer blouse and statement earrings. Similarly, don’t mix too many boisterous colors! You can also experiment with gorgeous designer blouse designs, which are the toast of the season!

Mustard Rayon Straight Cut Kurti with One Side Buttons

You can work all Indian colors nicely for any Christmas party too. For example, if you wish to wear your favorite rani pink, fuschia or mustard yellow – then style it some way that there are supporting neutrals, like black, white or beige. Or, keep the color same from top to toe – with embellishments and borders in no-bling feel. Like in this dress, the cut is contemporary, colors are muted and the silhouette is out and out Indian.

5. Colors

Light Yellow Net Designer Party Wear Gown

There are a few colors that represent Christmas spirit like nothing else! Wear reds and whites for a true Santa feel, or say yes to vibrant greens and plush golds. All shades of the red family – including maroons and deep pinks make for happy Christmas colors. But if you are not the one to go for the usual or refuse to look like poster book adverts of Christmas parties – choose any of the in-vogue intense palettes – that also agree with the season. Wine or deep purple is one color family that’s a party must this time – so choose your Indian style party dresses in this hue family.

Black Lycra Gown with Frill Border and 3D Flowers

However, Christmas, New Year and Holiday season parties are rarely complete without the western staple – black. Just like an LBD – the little black dress – rules any party season, including the Christmas parties, you too can choose black splendor in an Indian style, maybe an Indo-Western suit or an all-black gown with a splash of colorful floral motifs – to slay the scene at a Christmas party.

6. Low Ostentation and Traditional Touches

Black Taffeta Silk Designer Lehenga Choli With Mirror Work

This one is much like the Simplicity Rule, we spoke of earlier. Never over-do, or pile on everything that comes to your mind while dressing up for a Christmas or New Year party. Leave home your embroidered dupatta, when you choose a party-wear lehenga choli instead of a crop top – skirt combo! Choose dresses or Indian outfits that are either plain or low-key, in terms of dressy embroidery or ostentation.

Pearl White Silk Floral Digital Print Designer Gown with Stone Work

Choose artfully done, trendier pieces, and for infusing luxury, focus on the luster of the fabric or embellishments with a more contemporary touch. Pick silks, gossamer, velvets, or chenille for the lush appeal of an Indo-Western gown or a saree blouse – but keep things largely plain. You can also rely on prints and colors, instead of going the whole Indian way.

7. Sequined Magic

Beige Lycra Embroidered Saree with Sequins Work Border

Sequins certainly rule the charts on the list of trendy embellishments that work perfectly in a Christmassy theme. They look stylish, lend a very balanced or under-stated sheen, especially, if they are not in metallic hues, and are amply in tune with the western design elements.

Grey Lycra Fancy Saree with Sequinsed Blouse

Sequins look spectacular in Indian ensembles like sarees and blouses, and even floor-length gowns and kurtis, giving them a chic and youthful appearance. Sequin sarees and blouses with sequin work are one of the top trends of the season!

8. Layer it well…

Jennifer Winget Sage Green Silk Designer Anarkali Suit with Embroidered Jacket

It is December, and unless you are in the Southern hemisphere, this time of the year will, invariably, be cold. In many parts of India and most areas across the globe, the weather is chilly around the year-end. So, ensure, you layer well for your Christmas or year-end party. And, you pretty well know that layering is not an issue in Indian dressing. Also, there is always the option of wearing a kameez that is full-sleeved!

Black Cotton Anarkali Suit with Print

You can wear an undershirt; layer it with a cape for a stylish and modern Indian look. Most Anarkali suits also have a lining and cancan layer for added flare, which is going to save you from the chilly air. Plus, there always will be a bottom separate – worn underneath, even the floor-length dresses and suits. Sorted and ready to face the wintery Christmas party!!

9. Dance on agenda?

Black Crepe Crop Top with Skirt and Long Copper Golden Shrug

Invariably, you will be dancing at a party. Won’t you? Always choose your dress, keeping in mind what your activity schedule will be like at this probable gathering. Will you be on the dance floor for the evening? Don’t wear anything floor-grazing, with crazy flare, or something that would leave you feeling hot and flustered. Keep things light, choose a paneled, gown-like suit in a fitted silhouette, or go for shorter tunic styles with cigarette trousers.

Dark Cherry Pink Rayon Embroidered Draped Kurti with Bell Sleeves

Would you rather stay glued to your group, and indulge in holiday eating and drinking? Or, yours would be more of an academic style – talk and discuss, as kids sing carols Christmas party? Then, of course, you may choose something else too, but do keep this aspect in mind that you may also have to dance – even if a bit!

10. Accessorize right!

Cream Rayon One Side Draped Kurti with Embroidery

Accessories can be your savior when trying to get a specific look or theme right. In the Christmas context too, you can easily de-construct or tone down the Indian look with smart accessorizing. For starters, even with a saree, avoid heavy Indian jewelry or traditional neck-pieces. Choose chic danglers and keep desi-style bangles at bay. Wear a classy bracelet and a watch, and, maybe a statement ring to get your Christmas look right. Keep your bag and shoes western in styling too.

Black Net Designer Floral Embroidered Anarkali Suit

Trendy accessories or statement pieces can instantly glam up an Indian style Christmas look. So if you wish to avoid ethnic dressing, you can still introduce Indian spiciness in your wardrobe by wearing ethnic accessories or jewelry with your western-style Christmas outfit. How about styling your princess gown with a floral matha patti or, a statement nose ring with a little dress? After all, innovation is the key to a unique style statement!

There’s no limit to the ways you can blend these sensibilities, and achieve unique and gorgeous looks for the Christmas week. Just remember to balance your wardrobe elements appealingly! Don’t forget to share your experiences with us – in the comments section.

Merry Christmas!