Going Outfits-Getting Dressy for the Holidays

We’ve barely reached Halloween and we’re already starting to think of the big holidays for fall and early winter: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  ‘Tis the season…for dressing up.  Office parties, winter weddings, plays, ballets, concerts–you may find yourself needing some fancy pants to suit your social schedule.  Sarah and I are bringing you ten picks to keep you in the holiday mood.


Max & Cleo Olivia Strapless Satin & Lace Dress – $158

This beautiful satin and lace gown is so feminine and elegant.  That high waist is universally flattering, and you can change up the look of this gown with a bolero or tights.  Perfect for any occasion this holiday season.


Max & Cleo Colorblock Estee Gown – $188

Although this gown appears to be white, black and brown on my screen, I believe it’s actually white, black, and charcoal grey.  This is such an unusual dress but it’s just gorgeous.  Generous draping that looks good on all body types and sizes, one shoulder, a high waist, and a sexy slit up the side.


Betsy & Adam Corkscrew Halter Gown – $140

I wish I had a gala to wear this gown to.  I’m in love.  Lined black jersey halter with a rhinestone brooch, ruffle skirt, and built-in bra cups.  This dress needs no accessorizing–perfection.


Pisarro Nights Cowl Back Sequin & Bead Dress – $188

Back to the shorter length dresses, this sexy cowl back gown is thoroughly and delightfully sequined.  Available in champagne and mocha, with 3/4 sleeves.  A great selection of sizes for this piece–from 4 to 16.


Ann Taylor Side Twist Asymmetric Wrap Dress – $88

Okay, so this is not the most exciting dress.  BUT, I included it because it’s a little black dress, which is a great staple for all wardrobes, so if you just cannot bring yourself to spend the big bucks on a gown you only get to wear once or twice a year, you can certainly accessorize an LBD instead.  With…


…these items  First up, a beautiful black polish with copper, gold, and iridescent glitter, 212 Sephora by OPI for $9.50.  Then, a pretty pump by Nine West (prices vary depending on size).  A chunky deco bar bracelet.  And finally, Lace Drop Earrings for $35.  These accessories ratchet up the look from something you could wear to the office with a cardigan, to something you could wear to an evening wedding, a showing of A Christmas Carol, or a friend’s holiday party. Accessories are the easiest and cheapest way to change your look.


J. Crew Taryn Dress in Silk Chiffon – $200-$250

Dresses at J. Crew can seem pretty cookie cutter due to the fact that they are known as a go to for bridal parties.  But their dresses are really lovely, high quality, and come in an array of colors.  The Taryn dress, show above, comes in 16 colors!  It’s a very flattering silhouette, and can be paired with a dress cardigan for warmth.  Plus, it can transition from cool to warm weather easily.  Also available in floor length.


Max and Cleo Tier She Is Dress – $167.99

A little black dress with a twist.  If you like the bandeau dress look, here is an option that adds in a few more stylistic elements.  The mesh shoulder straps and beige and black sweetheart neckline dress this, uh, dress up.  It’s neutral, so you can have fun adding some color if you like.  But there’s already a lot of texture happening with the dress, so don’t go overboard on the accessories.


Tracy Reese Night of Passage Dress – $427.99

A pricey, but beautiful dress.  The metallic brocade is lovely, but the dots dispersed throughout give it a modern touch.  The pleating across the bust to the hem breaks that fabric up to create visually pleasing lines.  The fabric does not provide stretch, so you may consider ordering a size up and having the dress tailored.


TOPSHOP Velvet Glitter Star Dress – $92 

Yeah, so it’s cold.  What?  You want sleeves?  I guess that stands to reason.  How about this fun velvet dress with a gold glitter print all over it?  Definitely a cold weather/holiday season dress.  I don’t think this one would see the light of day outside your closet from March to September.  But, the price is right.  And orders over $50 ship free from TOPSHOP.


Anthropologie Sequined Jacquard Dress – $228

Sometimes I get bogged down by all the dark colors that seem to be popular once the weather turns cold, and I need some color.  This dress from Anthropologie is a stunning way to bring some color into your holiday dress wardrobe.  Digging the necklace on the model in the picture at left?  Check out the layered pieces here and here.


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