It’s the holiday season and for all of us that means luxury gift giving, bundling up in our favorite cashmere scarves, and of course, lavish holiday affairs filled with gourmet hors d’overs, premium wine, and extravagant decorations. But what my favorite part of a glam holiday party? I’ll give you a hint â€” it’s not sneaking my guy under the mistletoe for a kiss! (I’m Jewish anyway!)
It has to be shopping for that perfectly plush cocktail dress! Where is the best place to start looking? Among the celebs of course! Those A-list superstars are constantly attending black-tie galas, charity events, and formal dinners flaunting their most ferocious frocks and elegant ensembles in everything from Cavalli’s stark animal print to Valentino’s luscious red evening dresses…
Take a cue from celeb dress trends and finding that scintillating sheath for your next big bash. Here are five party dress looks to put you on the right track so you can live it up Hollywood style at your next holiday bash and look good doing it too!
Bold Colors & Geometric Prints
This winter, its time to stop thinking frigid and start thinking funky! Black and gray is elegant but overdone and if you really want to cause a stir, do it up like Hilary Duff did when she wore a bright squiggle print empire-waist dress to the MuchMusic Awards in Canada. Make a statement like singer JoJo during Fashion Week in a funky multicolored Heatherette design or Victoria Beckham in a bright black and green Oscar de la Renta get up.
Do: Get Daring! Black and White is Blase. Liven Your Look with a geometric print in a multitude of colors or brighten up in a solid colorâ€”as long as its green, red, blue, or yellow.
Don’t: Wear Mismatched Prints. Stripes and Polka Dots Don’t Look Good Together. Neither Do Zig Zag Red and White Prints with Black and White Striped Shoes! (Maybe Paris Hilton can do it, but you can’t!)
Try: Theory Azuri Silk Chiffon Dress $455 saksfifthavenue.com
Shine on! The best sheen to come out of this holiday seasonâ€”silvery metallics, gold sequins, and lots and lots of sparkle. Can you pull this one off? Opt for a body hugging sleeveless number like Jessica Alba’s silver stunner or mix with other textures and linings like Demi Moore’s black-lined silver dress at a Proenza Schouler fashion show. If you want to get really statement-y and just a bit flashy, try a tight frock in a rainbow shade. Kerry Washington did and she looked divine!
Do: Try Sequins in a Bevy of Colors (Silver Can Only Go So Far)
Don’t: Overdo on the Accessories. The Dress is Speaks For Itself!
Try: Nanette Lepore Twilight Sequin Mini Dress $465 on sale: $279 saksfifthavenue.com
Curvaceous girls need not be shy! Even the curviest of females can pull off a body hugging number. If your booty is rockin (and you want the boys to come a knockin) keep your sophisticated glam, but opting for this tried and true trend in a solid black or dark navy or the occasional colored piece will do. What I love about this trend, you can do it long like Mary-J Blige in her emerald green strapless Alexander McQueen, short like Gabrielle Union’s red Alberta Ferretti, with cap sleeves like Fergie, or even with a belt like Heidi Klum in Michael Kors. Feel like going the distance. Get edgy with stripes or a leopard print but don’t overdo it. Curves are key.
Do: Be Wary. Don’t Go So Tight That You’ll Be Popping Out in All the Wrong Places! It Doesn’t Look Good!
Don’t: Be Afraid To Show Off What You Got (Within Limits.)
Try: Robert Rodriguez Shimmer Strapless Dress $429 shop.nordstrom.com
Frou Frou & Frills
Perhaps the flirtiest trend to come out of the winter is this feminine Victorian era inspired style of girly frou frou and frills. For women, this means showing up to a ball with lots of tulle, bubble skirts, and ruched details, pleats, ruffles, fringe, tiers, and more. Anything that makes you feel proud to be a woman in a romantic kind of way. If you don’t feel like going the extra mile, simply pick out a dress with a poofy bottom like Rihanna when she wore a white dress reminiscent of Madonna and toughen it up with a wide belt. Mischa Barton has whipped up this tried and true trend in a Zac Posen dress with ruffled bottoms or keep up that elegant, romantic vibe in a dress with puff sleeves as seen worn by Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively. For something lush and utterly couture, Chanel has just the right embellishment.
Do: Do Opt For Feminine Menswear But Keep It Romantic
Don’t: Overdo on the Frou Frou. You Don’t Want To Look Like a Cabbage Patch Doll!
Try: Dior Duchese Satin Floral Houndstooth Pleated Dress $1,134 eluxury.com
A. Bold Colors & Geometric Prints: Hilary Duff showbuzz.cbsnews.com
B. Metallics: Jessica Alba: wireimage
C. Body Hugging: Gabrielle Union people.com
D. Frou Frou & Frills: Rihanna people.com