Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Perfect Holiday Cocktail Dress

'Tis the season right?  The only thing more exhausting than trying to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list is trying to find the perfect holiday dress to wear to all of the parties that come along with this time of the year!  The work party, the family party, the friends' it possible to find one dress that is appropriate for all?  If you ask me, it's totally doable, just follow these simple rules and check out my suggestions below...

1. No plunging necklines - you don't want to be the subject of water-cooler talk at the office the day after the party!
2. Stick to a length that hits just above the knees - it's a cute and classy length appropriate for almost all occasions
3. Find a simple, figure-flattering shape that can be easily taken from day to night (think sheath, v-neck with straight skirt, etc.)
4. Black, deep red, or jewel-toned hues (plum, evergreen, etc.) work best - leave your hot pink mini-dress at home!

A soft v-neck and a cinched waist make this festive red dress a must for the holiday season.  Just make sure to try this one on if your, ah hem, top section is a little on the large size as we must abide by rule #1 above!  (ABS available here for $255)

Try this simple black sheath by Badgley Mischka for updated conservative look with the neckline detail.  With or without black tights - it's your call and would look super cute either way!  (Available here for $340)

Have a juicy holiday with this little number from Juicy Couture.  I love this antique-esque print that almost looks like brocade.  For this one, add a pair of black tights, black shoes, and gold bangles.  (Available here for $248)

This Ralph Lauren dress adds just enough of a color pop without being too showy.  The layered shape of this dress is also universally flattering. (Available here for $220)

This BCBG dress contrasts top and bottom with layered chiffon ruffles and a structured silky skirt.  I love that this looks like a two piece ensemble, yet it's a comfy dress - no worrying about a shirt coming untucked!  (Available here on sale for $149)


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