The New LBD for Holiday

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You’ve heard it before–the LBD. In case you haven’t, the little black dress is a closet staple, a must-have for any and all situations! While it’s the dress to own, that doesn’t mean it’s your only option.

This festive time of year is a perfect excuse to stock up on some new dresses, and why not take the opportunity to pick out styles that work for festive holiday parties and gatherings with friends and family? With new silky fabrics and luscious velvets, this is the time of year when you can really go all out and wear some gorgeous looks that will pack a punch at any event. Whether you want to go with a holiday essential or you plan to step outside the box, here are some easy tips to dressing for parties that will take your look from basic to glam!

Shimmer and sequins are apropos for holiday parties and if you’re used to playing it safe, this time of year is perfect for getting all glammed up. Want to wear a silky two-piece pant set with a pair of heels? Do it. Metallic, shimmering fabrics are gorgeous against all skin tones and add a lovely sheen to any silhouette. If you prefer to stay in your comfort zone and go with a lovely LBD, simply add some metallic or shimmery accents to your look; heels, a necklace or even a metallic belt will quickly enhance visual appeal.

Deep Hues
You love an LBD, but that doesn’t mean you’re stuck wearing black to every party. Though black is an option that works for every event and situation, the holiday season is a great time to experiment with even more color, especially when it pertains to deep jewel tones! Pair your LBD with something fun, such as a burgundy velvet blazer or heels. A navy blue or emerald green clutch is equally beautiful when paired with any holiday dress.

Sequins, Sequins, Sequins
There’s something about the holiday season that just sparkles, so why not play around with it for your party look? Sequins are everywhere this time of year, so you can easily go all in or play it safe with a variety of garments and accessories. While you have the option of wearing a sequined LBD, you can also incorporate sequins into your holiday look by wearing sequined tuxedo pants paired with a loose-fitting black top, or look for a blouse that features sequined sleeves to pair with sleek skinny trousers. If you prefer to go with a something different for a holiday party, sequined skirts paired with silky blouses are always a great combination.

Go Green…or Red
Sure, the little black dress is traditionally black, but going green for the holidays is appropriate, too! Look for a dress in a deep emerald green for a festive option that can be worn throughout the year; various silhouettes give you even more possibilities! Wrap dresses, sleeved dresses and even form-fitting styles give you plenty of room to accessorize and look stylish for the holidays. If green isn’t your color, red is another festive option that takes your holiday look to the next level, especially when it comes in luxurious fabrics like silk or velvet.

LBD, with an Upgrade
You really can’t go wrong with an LBD, ever. If you prefer to keep your closet more on the traditional side and you want a dress to wear far beyond the holiday season, you’re in luck with the number of options available. Subtle or even eye-catching accents give the LBD an update and add plenty of style to make it appropriate for a holiday party. Look for sheer detailing, feathers, sequins or even metallic accents that take your LBD from everyday staple to holiday treat!

While sequins and velvets are a holiday go-to texture option, that doesn’t mean you’re limited. Take trends from fall and bring them right through the holiday season and beyond with floral print; a black and white floral dress is elegant and offers a unique festive touch! Pair it with white or black heels and gold accessories and you’re ready for any event, whether it’s a corporate gala or a family gathering.

Velvet Suit
When you really want to step outside the box and a dress isn’t your thing, a velvet two-piece suit is glamorous and definitely fashion-forward. For that ultimate festive style, look for a suit in burgundy or emerald, or go with black if you prefer to keep things sleek and chic, then pair it with jewel-toned pumps.

The holidays are a fun time for many reasons, fashion being one of them! If you’re looking for an update on the LBD or you want something entirely new to wow your guests, you’ve got an endless array of options. ■

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