If your Instagram feed hasn’t reminded you already, December has arrived, and with it a slew of party invites and outfits to start stressing over. Finding a go-to look is key during this hectic time of year, but there are so many options to consider: Do you go for a skirt and a top? A trouser situation? It’s easy to get sucked into purchasing a holiday-centric piece that doesn’t quite work outside of a confetti-filled fête. We’ve been there, and this year we’ve vowed to change our ways (consider it a pre–New Year’s resolution).
One easy way to ensure you get your money’s worth is by investing in a versatile dress that won’t be banished to the back of your closet once the magic of the holiday season begins to fade. You’ll just want to keep a few things top of mind—texture, silhouette, and festive embellishments. To get you started on your shopping quest, we’ve rounded up 11 cool dresses that tick off every box and work for a wide range of occasions.
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Now’s the time to embrace head-to-toe velvet, and this royal-blue number does the trick.
Ring in the New Year in paillettes instead of the usual sequins.
Continue the cold-shoulder trend with this anything-but-ordinary LBD.
Make this piece the base of any party look this holiday season (and beyond).
A lace dress is great for an impromptu holiday event you didn’t have much time to plan an outfit for.
We love the contrast of textures here. Save this pick for a fancy event.
The fashion world’s favorite top is now a dress. This casual piece works for so many different occasions.
Not only does this dress have a hint of sheen perfect for your office party, it’s also perfect for your next meeting—just pair it with a blazer.
The one-shoulder silhouette makes this dress the perfect piece for any formal fete you’re attending this holiday season (and to any other black-tie event you have coming up afterward).
What's your go-to holiday dress style? Tell us in the comments below.