Shimmer and Shine: Ten Fashion Looks That Light Up Your Christmas

During the festive seasons, there are dinners, happy hours and get-togethers with friends and family, all crammed within a few short weeks in November and December. Of course, you cannot forget the office party, which has made a comeback after years of being shelved due to the financial crisis. With all these invitations, it’s difficult to fit them all in your oversubscribed schedule.

You also want to want to make a good impression when you attend these events. Finding just the right Christmas party dresses can be a real challenge. Fortunately you have numerous choices that allow you to stand out whether you’re schmoozing with your boss at the office party or snuggling with that special someone over an intimate dinner for two.289975501

The Little Black Dress

It’s difficult to go wrong with the iconic little black dress. The little black dress can go effortlessly from office to the club. Whether you go with bare shoulders or crushed velvet, there is an LBD that has your name on it.

The Little Red Dress

With all the gray skies and slushy snow, the winter could do with a little color. Stand out from the sea of black in a little red dress. When you wear a little red dress, you will automatically command attention – perhaps even from your longtime crush.

The Little Gold Dress

When the invitation says “festive attire” and you want to look elegant without going for a full-length ball gown, what are your options? A little gold dress could be just the ticket. Sweep your hair into an elegant updo, add simple jewelry and shoes and you’re done.

Elegant Long Dresses and Skirts

For those white tie and black tie occasions, only an elegant long dress will do. You can wow the crowd in a sweeping ball gown in black, red or a beautiful jewel tone. Or opt for a body skimming sheath with a discreet slit to show just a flash of your legs.

Shimmery Tops and Skirts or Slacks

For a festive look suitable for less formal occasions, choose a shimmery or glittery top. Pair it with a short or long skirt to mimic the look of a cocktail dress. Or pair your top with slacks and a jacket to keep away the chill while maintaining a festive look.

Dressing for the Office Holiday Party

289542593The key to proper dress for the office holiday party dressing for the office party is to remember each of the two words: office and party. It is still a work-related affair. This means that plunging necklines, too short hemlines and too-tight anything are off limits. On the other hand, it’s a party, so you are expected to dress up. Translation: a little black dress that hits a few inches above the knee is fine. A skimpy black number cut to the navel and barely covering your bum? Not so much.

Pajamas: Not Just for Bedtime

Of course, you would never roll out of bed and show up at a party wearing your pajamas. Or would you?  Beautiful gold-colored gowns with a satiny sheen, or silky pajama bottoms in black or a jewel-toned color can absolutely make their way to your next occasion, and no one would ever suspect.

Crushed Velvet

Few fabrics are as inherently luxurious as velvet. Whether you opt for a black velvet dress or a crushed velvet jacket, you instantly look dressed up no matter what else you are wearing. A velvet skirt and jacket are ideal for a sit down dinner party. While black is always appropriate, crushed velvet also looks glamorous in jewel tones like green or blue. Red or even gold crushed velvet jackets are eye-catching when matched with black skirts or pants. White velvet is a lovely alternative for daytime affairs.

Leather

For elegance with a bit of an edgy appeal, rescue your leather skirt from the back of the closet. Pair it with a silky top or a soft angora sweater and you will look sexy and elegant all at once. Dress up a leather jacket by pairing it with smooth wool slacks and a glittery top. Plain pumps or flats to match the jacket complete the look.

Ugly Sweaters

Yes, ugly sweater parties are all the rage. From reindeer-covered creations to colors that seem to have been inspired by a fever dream, the motto for ugly sweater parties is the uglier, the better.  The best part of an ugly sweater party invite is that you likely already have suitable attire stashed in the back of your closet.

Sophie West studies style design. She enjoys blogging about flattering fashion and beautiful looks.

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  • http://francramon.com/ Franc Ramon

    Black, Red and Gold can really highlight you on Christmas.

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      Totes agree! :)

  • rubbieanne

    The little black dress <3

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      :)

  • http://a-life-so-far-away.blogspot.com/ Fernando Ceballos Lachica

    Beautiful…a lot of these are being manufactured locally and some from other countries.

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      Yes! We have lots of LBDs, LGDs, and LRDs here in the country. :)

  • Rochkirstin Santos

    I have not seen a lot of little gold dress in malls but I certainly would want to don one in our Christmas party.

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      I noticed that as well. One must be very careful in selecting a gold dress. It can look tacky if not styled right.

  • papaleng

    That little black dress caught my fancy. Someone special to me needed that.

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      You should buy her one, Papaleng! :D

  • leirs

    i love the entry on Pajamas: Not Just for Bedtime very interesting. As I once attended a mommy and yoga class with my daughter wearing my teddy bear pajama bottoms.

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      Haha your daughter must have looked very adorable in them! :)

  • Yamito Uytingco Calamba

    You know what they say, you can never go wrong with the little black dress. :) But I think ladies should always take advantage of the holiday season and that wearing something nice and vibrant is definitely a catch! ;)

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      I totally agree. I think gold will do the trick. :)

  • http://www.genzelkisses.com/ Gen-zel

    LBD is never out when it comes to us girls. I think each of us should have one. It can go to any special occasion :) Love that golden dress as well! :)

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      I totally agree. Thank God for Chanel for inventing the LBD. :)

  • Jem Alvarado

    I have the red dress and black dress a few years ago. Now, I will be wearing red again for Christmas and dazzling blue dress for new year. :)

    • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

      Red for Christmas is very fitting! :)

  • http://daphnebenosa.com/ Daphne

    Thanks, Stephanie! :)