The holiday season brings many things: time with family, Christmas tree decorating, and exchanging gifts with people you love.It also brings a barrage of holiday parties. Although festive gatherings are fun — any event with eggnog is usually a blast — it can be challenging to know what to wear to holiday events. Insider spoke to personal and celebrity stylists Caitlin Jaymes and Samantha Brown about wardrobe staples that can help get people through the holidays without having a fashion crisis.I always feel like it's challenging for people to know exactly what to wear, meaning how formal you get, Jaymes said.Holiday events can be challenging to dress for because of the need to be warm, in functional shoes, but also look your best, Brown agreed.Jaymes also said it could be challenging to know who to dress for, especially if you're attending a gathering that will have friends and family members in attendance.You wanna be a little covered, but if you're younger, sometimes you still wanna dress a little sexier, she said. Finding the balance for the audience that will be at an event that you're going to for the holidays is definitely hard.The holidays are a time for rich colors, texture, and sparkle, Brown said. If a glitzy look doesn't appeal to you, opt for dressier textures like lace, cashmere, velvet, or brocade fabrics.Jaymes agreed, saying it's best to mix a pop of a seasonal texture with something more neutral.I find that figuring out the best mix so you can get a little bit more of a glam outfit to be in that holiday spirit but also stay true to what you like to wear every day is best, Jaymes said.I definitely think a good pair of black leather pants are an absolute must, Jaymes said, particularly if you're trying to strike the balance between dressy and casual.She said they work with sparkly tops, turtlenecks, or sleek bodysuits so that you can express your sense of style. I think a leather pant is the best way to feel very trendy without coming off as 'this took me years to plan,' Jaymes told Insider.Jaymes loves blazers because they're versatile pieces in a wardrobe.Let's say you're going to your office party for cocktail hour, and you're going out with your friends afterward, Jaymes gave as an example of when a blazer would be a good fit. I think when you throw a black blazer on top, it adds that element of being professional and still dressed up, and then you can kind of play into the best of both worlds, Jaymes said. Blazers are also great for adding length to a shorter dress or skirt, Jaymes told Insider.Brown also thinks blazers and similar pieces are great because they're easy to layer.The key is finding pieces that you can layer easily with a shawl, blazer, sweater, or warm overcoat, she said, as it gives you versatility in your looks.Jaymes said shoes are a great option if you want to incorporate sparkle into your holiday ensemble without buying a new top or dress.I love a pump that has some type of sparkle or rhinestone on them, she said, adding that she often finds affordable, shiny shoes at Steve Madden.Brown also loves elevating a simple ensemble with jewelry.Adding statement earrings, a cocktail ring, a bold necklace, or layered bracelets can instantly elevate a simple outfit, Brown told Insider. The same goes for dressier shoes and handbags. Use the accessories to complete the look.Jaymes loves a statement faux fur coat for winter events, which can easily elevate any outfit, while Brown gravitates toward wool coats.I think that faux fur coats just scream luxury, Jaymes said. And I don't care if you're shopping Zara or if you're shopping designer, I think that a faux fur coat just makes anybody seem super chic and very sophisticated. Brown feels similarly about wool coats.Outerwear completes the look, so consider choosing a chic wool coat and a scarf to layer over dressier outfits, Brown said.My advice is to avoid fast fashion whenever possible and to make smarter investments in your wardrobe, she told Insider.Rather than thinking of buying 'one time wear' items because you're in a last-minute bind for an event, choose things you really love and that you can mix and match to create more possibilities, she said.Jaymes told Insider it's helpful to stay true to your style when shopping rather than thinking of a singular event or dressing for others. Otherwise, you may end up wearing something you don't like.I just think that staying true to your personal sense of style and something that you're excited to wear again and that you feel confident in is always a plus, Jaymes told Insider. There's nothing worse than putting in an hour of effort and not even liking what you look like.Brown recommends considering long-term wear when shopping to avoid buying items you won't wear again.When you buy an article of clothing, ask yourself, 'can this be styled three different ways?' Brown advised. Reimagining your wardrobe will help maximize the cost per wear.'Although velvet and sparkles work well for the holidays, they're also great texture choices for winter all season long.Overly sparkly and sequined pieces often get neglected after the holidays, Brown said. The key is all in the styling.Reimagine your glitzy skirts with a t-shirt, blazer, and flat boots after the holidays are over, she said. Velvet separates can be worn all through the season — just change up the accessories and styling to make better use of those one-time wears.Ugly Christmas sweater parties are a common theme for many holiday events, but Brown and Jaymes advise against buying an expensive tacky sweater for party season each year. Luckily, there are many affordable options for this online, Brown said. My advice is sure, buy it once, but don't buy a new one every year. Jaymes also said you could dress to the holiday theme with accessories rather than an entire sweater.You can buy a pair of crazy candy cane earrings or something like that, Jaymes said.