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Holiday party dress ideas

You may spend most of fall and winter in muted, neutral tones, but now it’s holiday season time: It’s your chance to shine. Look your best in one of these chic holiday dresses.

asymmetric zara dress

Let your inner goddess out

Forget about heavy knits and scratchy cottons. When you dress up for a party, you have every right to look like the goddess you are. And nothing in the fashion world screams goddess quite like flowing chiffon and shining silk. The style and drapery of this red dress from H&M is nothing short of exquisite (, $199). Or if you want something a little more subtle for a less fancy evening, check out Zara’s asymmetric dress (, $60).

ponte belted dress

Go sophisticated and demure

Don’t worry; we get it. When you have dinner at your in-laws’ place or your critical relatives are coming over, you know the sexy dresses you love will only be met with disapproving stares. So for that one holiday gathering where you aren’t allowed to shine as much as you’d like, there are still some great options. This ponte belted dress from Jacob walks the perfect line between attractively fitted and conservatively sophisticated (, $54).

forever 21 jacquard dress

Rock festive patterns and colours

OK, so you know you don’t want to wear attire printed with images of reindeer and elves as you did when you were little. But that doesn’t mean you can’t rock seasonal colours and patterns that invoke thoughts of the holidays in a subtle and sophisticated manner. The burgundy colour of this semi-sheer cutout dress from Forever 21 tips its hat at Christmas without going over the top (, $28). Or if green’s more your thing, check out Forever 21’s jacquard floral cutout dress (, $30).

fantasy neck dress zara

The LBD gone rogue

Yes, every woman should have a little black dress she can rely on in emergencies. But it doesn’t hurt to have one that relies on the simplicity of a neutral shade but that’s not to be confused with your typical LBD. This fantasy neck dress from Zara, for example, has an exquisite collar and unique structure to make you look anything but ordinary at your holiday gatherings (, $119). Or for an edgier take, check out Zara’s peplum dress that showcases your modern flair (, $80).

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