Your Holiday Dress Guide

You know it's holiday season when 1) Black Friday has passed and 2) Christmas lights are adorning your neighborhoods - everywhere. Oh, and let's not forget another marker of the season: endless invitations to cocktail parties, Christmas dinners, and family gatherings. The dreaded "what do I wear?" is compounded this season, and chances are, you may have forgotten to slip in a dress for yourself, while shopping for everyone else's gifts. But why not kick it up a notch and gift yourself by picking out the perfect holiday piece for you? It's the most wonderful time of the year - so let's follow suit! The little black dress. It's all you really need to take yourself from cocktail parties to family gatherings. If you're going to use your LBD, you're also going to want an investment piece that includes embellishments and details that can not only stand the test of time, but will be appropriate in every occasion. This ASOS Feather Corset Dress looks more appropriate for a black -tie affair than a holiday gathering but style it with black opaque tights, a jewel-toned colored blazer and nude booties of your choice to tone down its glamour.

 

We're seeing the champagne color not only dominate the runways for S/S 2013, but also dominating retailers such as BCBG Max Azria and Theory. A classically beautiful color itself, champagne dresses are popular for bridesmaids in winter weddings, but can also be translated into holiday-wear as well. Its sophistication, elegance and class can be emphasized especially for the maxi dress. This BCBG Halter Dress features a cascading ruffle and an open slit in the front - easily made conservative by adding black metallic tights underneath.

Jacquard is a popular fabric for Fall/Winter 2012, but at the risk of looking like one that came straight out of your grandmother's bedroom curtains, you will want to embrace this fabric with bright, winter colors such as magenta and figure-flattering styles. Peter Som's Scoop neck Jacquard Dress features a bright green, faint crocodile print to add energy and excitement. Its cinch at the waist flatters every body type and the scoop neck and fitted bodice is conservative enough for a family gathering.

For additional guides regarding holiday-wear, check out: Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and for holiday wardrobe essentials, check out Refinery29's article. Let us know which look you opted for on Facebook! Happy holidays and happy shopping!