The Best Holiday Party Dresses

The invitations are piling up and your social life is about to move at warp speed, which is why it’s so important to have the perfect dress to match the occasion. With the holidays quickly approaching and your schedule packed to the brim, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a comprehensive list that should take the guess work out of what to wear this season.
Cocktail Party
Wrap dresses are the new LBDs, according to a recent holiday style article by Vogue, and here’s why: they can easily go from the office to cocktail hour with a few simple accessory swaps and they’re figure flattering. What’s not to love?! The beige long sleeve wrap dress from Topshop pictured above is perfect for cocktail hour. Pair this with black opaque leggings, heeled booties, a statement necklace, and a festive clutch, and you’ll be ready to mingle.

Office Party
Conservative yet celebratory is the objective for the office holiday party, which is why we’ve chosen the beautifully embellished Aspen dress from French Connection. Simple earrings, closed toe pumps, stockings, a gold clutch, and a cocktail ring are all you need to style this dress.

Black Tie
Thanks to the selection of holiday party dresses offered by Lyst, we’ve found this absolutely show-stopping number for your next black tie fete. The black crystal neck halter dress from JS Collections is the epitome of elegance. With a figure-flattering silhouette and face-framing collar, all eyes will be on you. A chiffon capelet, faux fur stole, or satin shawl wrap would add warmth without hindering style.
Dinner Party
For a dinner party at home, an A-line style dress will make you the hostess with the mostess, according to the holiday dress list from Red Book. But you don’t have to stop there—the red Victoria dress from BCBGMAXAZRIA would look equally as appropriate for a dinner party away from home, too. Complement it with a killer pair of black booties and a matching belt for a look that’s on-trend.
Date Night
Show off your figure in this sexy lace trim Bardot style mini dress from Topshop that’s perfect for a night out with your significant other. Balance out the ample cleavage and generous view of skin with a fitted black blazer, black tights, and black velvet platform pumps for a chic monochrome ensemble.
New Year’s Eve
Bringing in the New Year is all about the glitz and glam, which is why you need a dress that shines as bright as your personality. The gold sequin dress with bead cuff detail from Badgley Mischka pictured above is an excellent choice for welcoming 2016. If it’s extra chilly out, pair this dress with black tights and black closed toe pumps, otherwise show off some skin and go for the gold with a pair of matching metallic heels. Keep the jewelry simple—a pair of earrings, a matching clutch, and maybe a ring or two is all you really need.

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This is a guest post provided by Erica Stanford, a freelance fashion blogger based out of Boston, Mass. She enjoys traveling, writing (of course!), and perusing the web for the latest trends.

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