Insight: Your Guide to Holiday Dresses

As we covered in two recent Wear and Where articles here and here, the holiday season is upon us! There are so many wonderful events this time of year, ranging from winter weddings to charity galas to family get-togethers! With all the variety in event styles, it can be tempting to think you need completely different outfits for each occasion.

However, the most beautiful dresses can easily translate from one holiday event to another, oftentimes only requiring a change in accessories to match the occasion.

Let us help you with the holiday dress experience by simplifying a few key tips and outlining some typical scenarios.

Bridesmaid and holiday dress

How to style it:

  • Sheath Dress. Let the sheath style dress be your best friend this holiday season. The dresses shown below have all the elements of black-tie occasion wear, yet can easily translate to the more broad spectrum that is holiday attire. Look for a dress that has some extra embellishment and sparkle to help you gear up for the holiday party season.
  • Accessories. As the ever-chic Coco Chanel taught us, get all dressed up for an event, and then look in the mirror and take one thing off before you leave. In other words, keep your accessories simple to let them really make a statement. We’ve found the ideal formal outfit to essentially consist 4 items: dress, shoes, and two accessories (clutch and earrings, necklace and purse, etc.) See the different outfit combinations below for an idea of how to put your outfit together.

  • Sparkle shoes. If there ever was a time to wear your sparkly shoes, this is it! Give your lovely soles a night (or a few!) on the town as this holiday season gears up.

Typical Holiday Scenarios:

  • Two events in one night. Perhaps you are attending an outdoor holiday work party, and then going to a more dressy event in a hotel ballroom. Rather than stress about two different outfits, consider wearing the same dress to both events. Simply adding a scarf and cardigan to the work party will keep you warm sans fuss for the evening with your co-workers. Then on your way to the gala, go all out on sparkle accessories such donning your glitter shoes and a statement clutch. Leave the scarf and jacket behind, it’ll be perfect temperatures once you are indoors.
  • Family Dinner. So perhaps some of these dresses would be a little overdressed for your family holiday get-together, or would they? Time with family is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and bring out your best for each other. Showing up to a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party in a lovely dress is an easy way to show your respect and appreciation for time with your loved ones.

Tell us: What events do you have coming up this holiday season?

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