If there’s ever a time to break out the heels and glitz its the holidays. Its great to pair a fab top with some amazing jeans but there really is nothing like a dress when you want to spiff yourself up. Here are some of my faves from this season:
This Alice by Temperley dress has enough sparkle without making you look like you should be hanging off an xmas tree. I love a rich navy dress too – its subtle, classy and can be worn year after year.
Silky, hot pink and simple. Can be worn either as a tunic over leather leggings for a festive night of drinks on the town or with bare legs and heels, piling on the accessories. Can be found at aritzia or the wilfred boutique.
If you were lucky enough to snag some of the Versace for H&M collection then maybe you already have this LBD in your dress arsenal. I like anything black, leather and studded so this is basically the perfect little dress for moi. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to fight the crowds to get anything from this collection. The conservative tailoring balances out the fact that its (pl)leather.
Tibi is a great brand for dresses for any occasion. In fact, I’m wearing one this weekend courtesy of Rent Frock Repeat to a wedding that M and I are going to. This black and white Roccoco print says holiday without smashing it over your head. The back is low cut and sexy and the slightly unusual silhouette gives this dress some edge.
Speaking of being smashed over the head – if you’re looking to make an impact in a big way then you may as well go green, sparkly and short. You won’t have any trouble finding a partner under the mistletoe since this dress will be luring em in as you walk/shimmer by.
I’m still into lace in a major way. The little sleeves take this Guess dress from skank to swank. Keep it chic with monochromatic accessories, an oversized clutch and some killer heels.
It really isn’t a Holiday dress guide without some gold. If you want to go for the gold but don’t want to stick out like a string of tinsel – maybe choose something like this from Banana Republic. You can belt it but i’d leave it as is and go for a bit of a flapper vibe complete with bare face and red lips.
Here is the amped up version of the BR dress. You’ve still got a subtle gold shimmery effect but its been done in true black swan style with a bustier and a full skirt. Available at shopbop.com (which btw can ship to Canada in 3 days). Its pricey but unforgettable.
For all the Audrey Hepburn types out there, head on over to Anthropologie where you can find this dress and many more like it. The boatneck just screams for a huge statement necklace and if your feet are tired from all the heels-only events you’ve been racking up, this dress looks super cute with a pair of ballet flats.
Most of the time I look at Jacob as being somewhere you can reliably pick up some slacks for work. (though who really calls them slacks anymore?! I mean pants.) However if you have a holiday party at work and changing into a sequin-encrusted gown seems like it just won’t fly, then maybe you could pick up a classic sweater dress. Worn with opaque black tights and a blazer you can get away with wearing this during the day at work. When its time to clock out you can breezily take off the blazer, slip on some heels, do a makeup refresher and you’re good to go. They have this dress in red too but it felt a bit too elfy.
I’ve been on the search for a gorgeous long gown that isn’t a maxi and still gives the body some shape. This Free People gown is super sexy while still being long. It’s got the perfect combination of hard and soft with the metallic bustier top and the gauzy and light skirt. You could rock these with some converse and you’d still be the belle of the ball.
Hopefully this gave some inspiration towards finding that perfect dress for the myriad of holiday events you’re sure to be attending this season. Whether its a family brunch, New Years Eve party, holiday dinner with friends or a night out for drinks – this time of year is a major one for getting together and rehashing the year so why not do so while looking frocking great.