The Photogenic Dress Trend You'll Regret Not Wearing to Your Holiday Parties

While holiday mainstays like velvet and metallics are always good options when dressing for party season, we have the intel on a dress style that's even better. Satin pieces are the photogenic style that's guaranteed to earn you some gorgeous photos to remember the occasion by. They're equally classic and festive and happen to photograph beautifully, so we mean it when we say that you'll regret wearing anything else to your holiday soirées.

How are we so sure that satin dresses are the most photogenic? Vincent Elejorde, a fashion photographer who regularly photographs some of the top influencers such as Camila CoelhoJill Wallace, and Jenn Im, lent us his professional opinion on silk and satin fabrics: "Whether that's scarves, skirts, dresses, they all reflect light perfectly and bring depth and dimension to an image.”

There's so much evidence of this all over the street style scene, so I did some digging and found the best satin-dress looks (and one jumpsuit look!) to really drive the point home. What's more, we went ahead and created our own affordable version for our Who What Wear collection, so a luxurious satin piece can be yours for less than $50. Style our Silky Shirt Midi Dress with your ankle boots, or wear it with pretty heels for your next event.

Ahead, see the proof of this photogenic dress trend on the street style scene, and then shop our affordable versions at Target.

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Satin adds dimension to a monochromatic palette.

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Top off a slip dress with a leather jacket and ankle boots.

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No matter which dress style you choose, the fabric moves beautifully with you.

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Don't be afraid to try some inventive layering—the soft material ensures your look will still be a sleek one.

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Throw a sweater on over your shoulders for a bit of a classic feel.

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Proof that a satin midi dress plays oh so well with the boot trend of the moment.

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I know we're talking about dresses here, but I just had to include this beautiful jumpsuit moment.

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A few key accessories are all that's needed to make this satiny dress into a full look.

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Literally traffic-stopping.

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A look that lets your wardrobe basics really shine.

See our silky shirtdress in action:

Add low heels, and you've got yourself a pretty and office-approved look.

Platforms and sheer socks ensure this dress is party-ready.

Genius styling idea: Wear it unbuttoned over jeans and a basic top, and it automatically becomes a fashion-forward robe.

More silky pieces on offer from Who What Wear:

Our very own senior news editor, Erin, is making a strong case for the dress and noted how pretty the puff-sleeve detail is: "I promise I'm not just saying this because it's a Who What Wear piece, but I honestly think it looks and feels a lot more expensive than it is."

Dressing room selfie–approved.

We love the way our beauty editor Erin grounded the blazer and pants set with black accessories.

Let Courtney's fun office look spice up your standard blazer outfits.

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