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3 Holiday-Party Dress Trends That Solve the Problem of What to Wear

Consider your party look sorted.

Of all the things we love about the holiday season, the endless excuses to dress up probably tops the list. That said, there's one problem that we encounter year, after year, after year when we're hitting the holiday party circuit: While we definitely want to look festive, we want to do so without being mistaken for the blinking Christmas tree we're posing next to.

With this in mind, we sought out nine dresses in this season's three most wearable holiday trends: luxe lace, soft velvet, and elegant embellishment.

Luxe Lace

Bardot Lace Sheath Dress

This sheath has a few things going for it: 1) The green color is festive without being too literal. 2) The high neck counterbalances the sheerness of its guipure lace. 3) It reads way more expensive than its $129 price tag.

Tadashi Shoji Lace Cocktail Dress

Long sleeves and a fitted bodice mean you can wear this to a family get-together without scandalizing your mom, but the luxe lace and panel of shimmer make it anything but boring.

Bardot Solange Lace Sheath

A pared back silhouette encourages you to accessorize this navy lace dress with just about anything. Add some shimmer up top with sparkling earrings, or keep it simple with a few golden bangles peeking out from the hem the bell sleeves.


Soft Velvet

Aidan Mattox Velvet Cocktail Dress

Embossed velvet... A perfectly nipped in waist… A neckline worthy of a starring role in a Dynasty reboot… This holiday dress is the definition of a showstopper.

Trina Turk Velvet Dress

If you really want to go with the holiday theme, team this green devoré velvet dress with burgundy accessories.

The Kooples Velvet Dress

Thirties-inspired smocked velvet and ruched sleeves lend a retro feel to an otherwise modern minidress.


Elegant Embellishments

Tadashi Shoji Embroidered Dress

Embroidered with swaths of inky embellishment, this creamy lace sheath will work for everything but the most informal of holiday fêtes.

Jax Embroidered Dress

Slip on a dress in sheer mesh overlaid with golden embellishment and consider yourself holiday-ready.

Aidan by Aidan Mattox Embroidered Dress

The ultimate baroque holiday look, this dress teams up sequins, beads, and a sprinkling of jewels, yet the sheath’s geometric pattern keeps it from looking over-the-top.


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