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Holiday Dresses for Every Occassion

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Find the prettiest party dress, no matter what type of event you're heading to. There's one for day to night, one for a cocktail party, even a special option for New Year's Eve!

1. Most Versatile Holiday Dress

Kate Spade Dress

If you're looking to get a lot of wear out of one dress and need it to go from the office to a night out or a holiday luncheon, opt for a classic LBD. This Kate Spade Jillian Dress has a bow-tied waist, full pleats, pockets and a silver back zip closure.

Styling tip: To dress it down, pair with a cardi and boots. To dress it up, opt for a playful pearl necklace and metallic pumps.

The Kate Spade Jillian Dress is available in sizes zero through 14.

2. Best Day to Night Dress

black lace dress

When you have to run straight from the office to a holiday party, look for a chic dress that you can dress down for day and up for evening. This Maggy London Cap Sleeve Shift with a subtly cutout back does the trick. Wear the lacy number with a blazer and black knee-high boots during the day then come evening, remove the blazer, trade your boots for a strappy black satin sandal and add a sparkly rhinestone necklace.

Style tip:

Wear your hair in a low side ponytail to show off the sexy back.

The Maggy London Cap Sleeve Shift is available in sizes two through 16.

3. Best Cocktail Party Dress

Milly Dress

Long-sleeved dresses are definitely having a moment—thanks to Kate Middleton—and with good reason. Dresses with long sleeves are flattering and keep you warmer without the need for a cardi or wrap. This Milly Stella Dress has 3/4-legnth sheer lace sleeves, a V-back neckline and pleated skirt.

Styling tip: Add a slim silver belt to emphasize your waistline.

The Milly Stella Dress is available in sizes zero through ten and also comes in fuchsia with black lace.

4. Best Red Dress

red dress

If you're in the market for a classic red dress, you can't do better than this Ann Taylor silk, one-shoulder dress. The shirred bodice makes your waist look tiny and the one-shoulder silhouette puts your pretty shoulders and neck on display. The cranberry-colored dress has a hidden side zipper and can easily be worn with a strapless bra.

Styling Tip: The beauty of red is that you can pair it with gold, silver or black accessories.

The Ann Taylor One-Shoulder Dress is available in sizes 00 through 18 and comes in grey.

5. Best Holiday Brunch Dress

Shoshanna dress

Whether it's brunch with the girls or meeting his family for the first time, this Shoshanna Metallic Geometric Pleated Dress has you covered. The silver-patterened thread says holiday without being to risque or too boring. It has a nipped waist and back zip closure.

Styling tip: Wear with black knee-high boots and a thin silver cardi.

The Shoshanna Metallic Geometric Pleated Dress is available in sizes zero through 12.

6. New Year's Eve Dress

New Year's Eve Dress

When the clock strikes midnight, you'll want to be in something with a little sparkle—and fortunately, sequins no longer equal tacky. A dress like this BCBG Max Azria Chara Sequined Evening Dress is equal part glitz mixed with equal parts sophistication. The back of the dress is a sheer netted overlay, which amps up the sex appeal.

Styling tip: Keep your accessories simple to let the dress standout. Think nude pumps, a slim gold bangle and small stud earrings.

The BCBG Max Azria Chara Sequined Evening Dress is available in sizes zero through 12.

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