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Choosing the Perfect Holiday Party Dress

Updated on September 10, 2013

Choose the Perfect Dress for Your Holiday Parties!

When the holiday invitations start arriving in your mailbox will you have something great to wear? You need something that's comfortable, appropriate and well-fitting. Now's the time to shop for that ideal dress.

Once you have it, you can accessorize with a scarf or a pin and look fresh wearing it to every party of the season.

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Image by Gatis Orlickis on Creative Commons

Know the Dress Code

And Then Dress Up

The first thing to think about when selecting a party dress is what style are you looking for? Do you get invited to mostly black tie occasions where you need a gown? Mostly more dressy casual functions? All cocktail parties?

If you want a dress that will be appropriate, you'll need to consider your lifestyle and the sort of invitations you receive. And don't show up empty-handed, make sure you bring your holiday gifts!

If you throw a great deal of parties, you'll also need to consider what the dress code for those parties is. Do you invite friends to come over in jeans? Tuxedoes? Ball gowns?

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Image by DeusXFlorida on Flickr

Be Classic

And Be Prepared

While most people are less formal today than in yesteryear, it's still a good idea to dress up rather than down. Go for the top end of the spectrum when choosing a dress.

There is nothing worse than walking into a party only to discover that you are under-dressed. Be prepared.

Go for a classic style that flatters your figure. That seems obvious yet women often try to follow the latest trend even if it does not work on their body type. There's no sense buying a tube top dress if you never liked tube tops or a metallic jacket dress if you have never liked shiny fabrics.

Even if they seem to be in style, you'll feel awkward all night if you're not loving your outfit.

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Image by Minimalist Photography

Think Simple

Color Yourself Wisely

Think of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn. They wore simple, uncomplicated lines and yet they looked stylish all the time.

Take a tip from them and choose a dress in a simple fabric like black or navy or brown. You can do a lot with these colors. And while the neutrals may not jump out at you as particularly festive, that's exactly their genius.

Neutral colors don't enter the room before you. They don't scream "dressed up," yet they are elegant.

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Image by cliff1066 on Flickr

Accessorize with Care

Bedazzle Your Outfit

Choose a sheath dress if you want something that will go with absolutely everything. A simple straight dress without sleeves is perfect for the holidays.

You can add a shrug over your shoulders or a wrap and you'll be ready for the opera. Or you can slip on a fine-gauge sweater and a beautiful necklace and look ready for an office party or dinner out with friends.

Your personalized jewelry will make your outfit a hit or a miss. If you choose your accessories wisely, you'll look like royalty even if you're "jewels" are plastic.

A carefully chosen necklace in gemstone or a gold or silver tone sets the scene. Add to it a chunky bangle bracelet, a cocktail ring and you're done. You may want to add gloves for a nod to the days of high fashion.

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Just Because it's Trendy

Doesn't Make it Right For You

If you're going to add a bit of trend to your wardrobe, do it with a handbag that can easily be changed out when you tire of it. Or even go with a pair of heels, something inexpensive that won't be a huge loss if you decide that you don't like it afterall.

If you absolutely have to try a patent leather clutch with large silver hardware because it's in style, buy it and wear it all season. It likely won't make an appearance next year because its, gasp, a trend item.

Then, next year, your dress will still be fabulous and you can replace the now out-dated clutch with a new bag.

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Image by JMRosenfeld on Flickr

Make it Fit

But It Should Fit You

As long as you have a dress that fits you, you'll always look stylish. Don't try to squeeze into a smaller size just for the number, it doesn't matter to anyone else, as no one will even know what size the dress is. Go with the one that fits.

It's better to go up a size and have the dress hang correctly on you than to squeeze into one size too small and look and feel uncomfortable all night (that's the worst!).

After all, the holiday season often means indulgence and you will want to have a little wiggle room in your outfit, after all those wonderful Christmas cookies.

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Image by geishaboy500 on Flickr

The Finishing Touch


Finish up with a great pair of shoes in a neutral color or something that you really enjoy. You can add fancy shoe clips to dress them up. Make sure the heels are in good condition and they are polished and your shoes can go from office to midnight looking perfect the whole time.

And above all, make sure they're comfortable. You never know where the night is going to take you!

Comments? - Happy holidays!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Always a pleasure to see you fashion ideas.

      I really like a little black dress, goes with most occasions. :)

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      Very nice fashions for younger ladies

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      ionlylovehebe 7 years ago

      Wellï¼ I love this lense,for me which is really helpful!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Cool lens!

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      When I lived in Virginia, I had great fun going to holiday parties because I could wear a great cocktail dress and stylish high heels. In Minnesota, forget about is just too darn cold and snowy to put something like that on ;)