The holiday season is quickly creeping up on us, and that means preparing your wardrobe for months of joyful celebrations and cocktail parties. Are you sick of that little black dress that has gotten you through year after year of company Christmas parties and family dinners? Well, now is the time to embrace versatile styles that can double as the perfect cocktail dress for a night out with friends, as well as the party-stunner for that annual holiday get-together with your extended family.
Short dresses are the perfect piece this holiday season. Throw on some patterned stockings for a family appropriate ensemble, and shed them for the annual New Year’s Eve bash with your friends. Keep in mind that the holiday season allows a little more freedom than usual to experiment with beading, embellishment, and sparkle. This does not mean that you have a free pass to dress up like a human Christmas tree, so make sure that the glitzy extras are kept in check.
Before hitting the stores, take a minute to think about the types of holiday parties that you frequent every year. Are they formal cocktail parties, low-key family dinners, or somewhere in the middle? Categorizing the party genre will help you narrow down your dress search, and help you select a short dress that will be appropriate for a number of different occasions. It’s all about getting mileage out of that fabulous new dress, so make sure it’s versatile enough to wear for a variety of events.
Sequins are an excellent way to celebrate the holidays in style. Just enough sparkle on the best sequin dresses makes them perfect for Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. Shopstyle is a fashion database that showcases an extensive selection of the top sequin dress styles by the season’s hottest designers. Theory’s black sequin dress is a glamorous option that is perfect for a family party when worn with understated sling-back heels and minimal jewelry, or even for that big New Year’s celebration when paired with fierce booties and a statement necklace. The long sleeves and neutral color of the dress make it versatile enough to wear on a number of different occasions, while the zip-front detail adds sex appeal that makes it modern and fun.
BCBG Max Azria is another excellent source to use when shopping for the perfect holiday dress. The designer is known for his sexy cocktail attire, so finding a short, versatile dress at one of BCBG Max Azria’s retail locations or online at the brand’s website should be a snap. Body conscious numbers are a particular specialty of the designer’s, so women who are looking to show off their hard-earned body will love the bandage dresses that are featured in chic nudes and elegant neutrals. While this is probably not the style to wear to your annual family Christmas dinner, it is an excellent choice for New Year’s and other celebrations that you are sure to have with your friends. For a more appropriate dress, look to the designer’s collection of pleated tulle, tiered satin, Grecian draping, and woven mesh.