How to Buy a Holiday Dress

[ 0 ] December 6, 2010 |

We’ve got less than a month till Christmas and New Year’s Eve, which means the holiday parties are a-coming!

We’ve picked out some of the cutest frocks of the holiday season for shopping inspiration.

The Right Holiday Dress

The perfect holiday dress is easy to find when you know what you’re looking for. Take 30 mins to scan your favorite websites and magazines for looks you like and shapes that flatter you; having an idea of what you want will ease shopping anxiety. When you’re ready, hit the stores to try on dresses that fit your criteria or shop online directly. Most stores have really great return policies.

Quick tip: try on that dress you were immediately drawn to, even if it’s a bit extreme or different from your everyday style. This is the time of the year when you can get away with it, so why not!?

Below are examples of some of the seasons cutest holiday party dresses to get you started. We picked ruffles, silk and shimmer! Which one is your favorite?

Top row: Te Amo Dress, $132.99, Modcloth; Asymmetic Dress by Rare, $70, TopShop; Elegant Speech Dress in Rosy Taupe, $52.99, Modcloth; Silk V-Neck Drape Dress, $150, Banana Republic.

Bottom row: Nanette Lepore La Marocain Dress, $348, Piperlime; A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz Evergreen Satin Ruffle Dress, $165, Bluefly; Shumaq Silver Sequined Dress, $199, Bluefly; Lamé Contrast Dress, $22.80, Forever 21.

Coupons to use before you shop: Banana Republic, Piperlime, Bluefly.


The Perfect Accessories

Every party dress needs its perfect accessories. Try these festive options to amp up the holiday spirit. This isn’t the time of the year to skimp on shimmer. Go wild!

Try pairing flashy accessories such as Banana Republic’s Jeweled Foldover Clutch with a solid color dress to add some visual interest. For an already bedazzled dress, try adding interesting textures and shapes, such as TopShop’s Ruffle Clutch or Banana Republic’s Ginger Bow Ring.

Top row: Teardrop Sequins Cross-body Clutch, $98, Banana Republic; Ginger Bow Ring, $25, Banana Republic; Ruffle Clutch, $65, TopShop; Heart Cherub Drop Earrings, $28, TopShop.

Middle row: Double Disc Drop Earrings, $2.80, Forever 21; Jeweled Foldover Clutch, $98, Banana Republic.

Bottom row: Classic Short Sparkles, $170, UGG; Rose Clamp, $28, TopShop; Flower Ring, $6.80, Forever 21; Fabric Fashion Necklace, $12.50, Old Navy.

Coupons to use before you shop: Old Navy, Banana Republic, UGG Australia.

Do you have a favorite holiday dress you wear every year? Are there any that you’re lusting after this season?


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About Shannon: Shannon is a savvy saver and lover of all things fashion and beauty. As a lover of pop-culture, she'll keep you up-to-date on all the hottest news and trends. You can find her tweeting on @FabulousSavings. View author profile.

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