Of all the things we love about the holiday season (and there is certainly a LOT to love), 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 all season long: 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 holiday dresses everyone will love in this season's three most wearable holiday trends: luxe lace, soft velvet, and elegant embellishment.
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 counter-balances 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 of the bell sleeves.
Alice + Olivia Clyde A-Line Damask Shift 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, pair this green devoré velvet dress with burgundy accessories. You'll look perfectly festive (but not like a Christmas tree — we promise!).
The Kooples Velvet Dress
The '30s-inspired smocked velvet and the ruched sleeves lend a retro feel to an otherwise modern minidress. This will be a timeless look you can pull out year after year.
Tadashi Shoji Embroidered Dress Dress
Embroidered with swaths of inky embellishment and flaunting elegant short sleeves, this creamy lace sheath will work for everything but the most informal of holiday fêtes.
Adrianna Papell Ethereal Fit & Flare Dress
Slip on a dress in sheer mesh overlaid with golden embellishment and consider yourself holiday-ready. This etheral, floaty look will have you feeling like the princess of any party.
Aidan by Aidan Mattox Embroidered Dress
The ultimate baroque holiday look, this dress teams up sequins, beads, and a sprinkling of jewels for a party look, yet the sheath’s geometric pattern keeps it from looking over-the-top.
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