15 Holiday dresses for women who hate glitter

Dec 10, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. ET
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Most ladies look for any excuse to shop for a dazzling glittery dress, and the holiday season sure offers enough of them. But every so often, we come across a lady who doesn't worship at the altar of glitter. If a more subdued approach to holiday glamour is more your speed, these festive frocks fit the bill without skimping on pizzazz.

Eliza J Metallic Jacquard Fit & Flare Dress (nordstrom.com, $158)

EIlza J Metallic Jacquard FIt & Flare Dress

Few fabrics conjure up thoughts of holiday parties more than jacquard, and this golden fit and flare sure would look fancy at a formal holiday affair.

Aliana Blue Backless Mini Dress in Blue (aqaq.com, $120)

Aliana Blue Backless Mini Dress in Blue

An open back and side cutouts make this blue beauty a sexy force to be reckoned with, while long sleeves and a tame hem help maintain an air of mystery.

DailyLook Eyelash Lace Fit and Flare Dress (dailylook.com, $60)

DailyLook Eyelash Lace Fit and Flare Dress

Fantasizing about a traditional yet stylish holiday look? Consider this red lace fit and flare. We know we'll be adding it to our wishlist.

BR Monogram Chiffon Halter Dress in Lingonberry (bananarepublic.gap.com, $130)

BR Monogram Chiffon Halter Dress in Lingonberry

A delicious berry halter dress looks pretty and polished for holiday gatherings when paired with dainty heels and a romantic updo.

Black Cut-Out Maxi Dress (express.com, $98)

Black Cut-Out Maxi Dress

Want all eyes on you? You'll get that and more in this slinky LBD from Express. Featuring a deep v-neck and a surprise back cutout, this baby definitely puts your average LBD to shame.

Silk Mini Dot Shift Dress in Red (cwonder.com, $140) 

Silk Mini Dot Shift Dress in Red

Red always makes a statement, but it's even more trendy around the holidays. Add dots to a red shift dress like this one and you'll be the most stylish gal in the room!

Milly Claudia Lace Dress (renttherunway.com, $70 rental)

Milly Claudia Lace Dress

Who wants to drop a ton of cash on a party dress you'll only wear a few times? Save yourself some dough and rent a fab party frock like this festive green one for way less than retail.

Side-Shirred Fit and Flare Dress in Raisin Arizona (oldnavy.gap.com, $28) 

Side-Shirred Fit and Flare Dress in Raisin Arizona

Ruching and soft pleats make this A-line dress dressy without being over the top, so it's ideal for low-key holiday parties on your calendar this holiday season.

Piperlime Collection Liquid Wrap Dress (piperlime.gap.com, $119)

Piperlime Collection Liquid Wrap Dress

You might hate glitter, but nobody said anything about detesting metallics. This gold metallic v-neck oozes sex appeal and holiday glamour and is practically calling your name.

Edgy Chic Dress (modcloth.com, $160)

Edgy Chic Dress

At a total loss in your quest to find the perfect holiday party dress? Stop making things so difficult for yourself when things can be pretty black and white — literally. This colorblock cutie offers classic glamour and modern sass all in one dress.

StyleStalker Island Animal Dress (zappos.com, $229)

StyleStalker Island Animal Dress

Whoever said you can't wear white after Labor Day must not have seen this stunning white lace dress. With winter and snow in the air, we think this flirty white fit and flare is more than appropriate for your holiday fetes.

Designer Front-Zip LBD (marshallsonline.com for store locations, $50) 

Designer Front-Zip LBD

When in doubt, always reach for an LBD. Better yet, seek one out with luxe leather detailing to easily amplify the wardrobe staple.

JustFab Penny Shift Dress in Blue/Black (justfab.com, $40)

JustFab Penny Shift Dress in Blue/Black

Between the plunging neckline, the curve-hugging silhouette and the sultry black lace on this blue shift, there's a whole lot of sexy going on with this dress.

Of Mercer Madison Dress in Blue (ofmercer.com, $175)

Of Mercer Madison Dress in Blue

With some statement accessories, you can take this office-ready shift from work to a holiday soiree in a snap. Now that's multitasking at its finest!

Kate Spade Saturday Vented Sheath Dress (saturday.com, $180)

Kate Spade Saturday Vented Sheath Dress

Put a stylish spin on the way you view plaids this party season. This bold print provides a touch of edge and a whole lot of girly glamour so you can feel festive and unique.

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