4 Holiday Party Looks That’ll Give You Main Character Energy

Side characters step aside, we're here to be the star of the show.

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No one wants to blend into the background — especially stepping out around the holidays and New Year’s Eve, you want to stand out as much as possible. After an uncertain couple of years and many, many party cancelations, this year, opt for a look that makes heads turn when you walk into the room. It’s a total vibe, and we’re here for it.

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Holiday style is a great chance for you to channel your main character energy. 55 percent of millennials say having this is a good thing, as opposed to side character energy which means you’re not the star of the show — try as you might. You can do this instantly with the way you dress, and that doesn’t always have to mean head-to-toe sequins (although as you’ll see, we’re digging those too).

Here are 4 holiday looks that’ll give you that main character energy.

1. Sparkle and shine like Zendaya in Euphoria 

boot barn sequin
Boot Barn

All the rhinestones and glitter used for the Euphoria looks “symbolize innocence and adolescent fantasy but also they represent the painful and disappointing aspect of growing and facing all the problems that this delicate phase of life involves,” explains Nssgclub.com. While we may be past all that teen and twenty-something angst, we can still get inspired by all the sparkles on the show. But a sequin dress is so expected. Instead, opt for a sequin suit, like this one from Boot Barn.

Pair it with just a bralette underneath for a little bit of peek-a-boo, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

2. Sophisticated chic like Emily in Paris


Netflix’ Emily in Paris is back for season 3, and fans are clamoring to see what famed costume designer Patricia Fields puts her in next. This first-look at Lilly Collins in Dolce & Gabbana does not disappoint; she’s in denim so it’s appropriate for a casual gathering, but the dramatic top means all eyes will be on you. As a bonus, no one will be able to get close enough to spill their wine on you. Like Emily, give other guests the bold-shoulder in this $39 dress from Azazie.com. 


3. Y2K maximalist like Portia in The White Lotus 

asos outfit

Twitter may be divided on main character Portia’s style sense, but we think you can do a fun youthful take on all the crazy colors and colorful prints. Vogue referred to her style sense as “bad but perfect.” Good or bad, it’s sure to get you noticed. The low-rise belted pants on this Asos set scream Y2K, with a ’70s-ish vibe from the bold print.

4. Goth glam like Wednesday 

Miss Circle dress
Miss Circle

You don’t need Wednesday Addams to tell you that you can never go wrong with all-black. It’s a flattering and ‘safe’ choice for an evening affair, and if you choose the right accents or accessories, it’s anything but basic. While previous incarnations were all about the whole family, this time all eyes are on the dark and spooky family’s famous daughter, and her goth-glam style. You can channel Wednesday in this Adrian Crystal Strap Cutout Dress from Miss Circle. 

Jené Luciani Sena
Jené Luciani Sena is an accredited journalist and internationally-renowned bestselling author, regularly seen on national TV outlets such as Access Daily, Today and Dr Oz. Touted as one of Woman’s World Magazine’s “Ultimate Experts,” she’s a TEDTalk speaker and a busy Mom of 4. Read more
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