The holiday season means pulling out the cashmere scarves, sliding on the thigh high boots, and throwing on the shearling jackets, but it also means getting to wear your cutest cocktail dresses to holiday parties and lavish affairs.
While celebrities are constantly rocking flawless red carpet looks to all the major awards shows, parties and events, these looks certainly go into overdrive around the holiday season when stars pull out all the stops, strutting their stuff in the latest dress and gown trends including lace, silk chiffon, satin, ruffles, well-placed draping, prints, sequins, embellishments and lots of details.
Now you, too, can rock the very same looks for your next holiday party, even if it doesn’t mean wearing a high-fashion designer or slipping into the same exact dress.
While always looking utterly stylish and completely put together, Carey has always dressed much older than her age. Still, that never stopped us from loving her vintage-inspired looks. One great example is this stone textured beaded sleeveless top and black A line skirt with pockets from the Spring 2011 collection at the Bafta awards. She sparks our interest by adding sharp electric blue YSL Palais pumps. Copying this look, minus the electric blue heels, is the perfect look for a not-too-rowdy holiday get together with friends and fellow socialites.
While its more of a youthful look than the one Carey pulled off, a similar looking beaded neck blouse and skort set can make you look sweet and sassy in one pretty little package.
Chloe Beaded Neck Blouse and Chloe Shantung Skort $1645 and $945
The world loves Nicole Kidman’s looks especially because she always wows the crowd with something sophisticated, yet easy for the modern woman to pull off. She doesn’t disappoint in this charming embellished Clements Ribeiro dress with lace sleeves at the premire of her new movie Rabbit Hole. The combination of pencil dress, lace, and encrusted details makes it the perfect trendy piece for a night out at a swanky wine bar or the party of a friend you want to impress.
To add a sheer sophistication to any gathering, opt for this slithery French Connection lace pencil dress from ASOS.
French Connection Lace Pencil Dress now $58.98
And now for something different. Leighton Meester wowed us all when she showed up at the Gotham Independent Film Awards in an edgy menswear-inspired pantsuit complete with matching tie. A stark constrast from her frilly Gossip Girl character Blair Waldorf, Leighton always known for her trendsetting looks with just a kick of something different. While going for the andryogynous look, she still managed to look femme and debonair, with hair down instead of pinned back, smoky eye makeup, and fierce but girly pumps. She inspired a bevy of followers including Jessica Alba who wore her won pantsuit just days later.
You, too, can wow the crowd by opting for your own pantsuit at a black tie affair while everyone else looks blah and boring in big gowns. Get your own sharp Leighton Meester-inspired pantsuit by shopping at Shopbop where you can score a DKNY blazer and slim cigarette pants.
Lea Michele hit up TV Guide Magazine’s Hot List 2010 Party in a youthful, but spicy Erdem Marlene ruffle front dress with a beautiful multicolored abstract butterfly print and tiered ruffles. The Glee star is known for always looking on par with the trends, yet always adding her own dash of freshness. The former Broadway singer touches on all of them meshing patterns and femininity in one shot. Pull off your own youthful look at a rooftop bar or a chic dinner party.
For those of you who love the butterfly pattern and the sheer long sleeves, you can wear another silk Erdem dress that’s just as sweet.
Erdem Vittoria Patchwork Silk Dress now $1115
Celebrity Photos: Wireimage
Image Layout: Rachel Gadson