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With everything happening during the holidays, picking out your outfits and holiday party dresses can be the most fun (yet exhausting) part!

Is it too festive? Not festive enough? What to wear to friends’ parties, family, or work events? Chances are, you’ll need at least a couple of holiday dresses.

We want to look fun and festive, but not like a giant Christmas tree (unless the party calls for it, of course)!

Get inspired for stunning holiday party dresses with our top 10 picks. We’ve collected ideas that are festive without being too over the top, yet staying stylish and on point.


Holiday Party Dresses Ideas & Inspiration

1. Holiday Colors & Festive Fabrics

Get your holiday style on with festive colors and materials in your holiday party dress. These are two perfect examples of holiday dresses that can be festive, yet not in-your-face.

This Gianni Bini Hansen Taffeta Dress (Dillard’s, $149) is a perfect example, with its red taffeta and festive silhouette.

The She + Sky Scalloped Cocktail Dress in red (Shoptiques, $46) boasts an attractive burgundy holiday hue and scalloped edges.


2. Winter White & Cozy Fabrics

If you don’t have the luxury of wearing a skimpy dress due to cold weather, consider snuggling up in a warm but sexy sweater dress like this x Something Navy Sweater Dress from Treasure & Bond (Nordstrom, $139). We love the winter white option in this cozy cable-knit dress.

Top it off with some sexy knee or thigh-high boots, dazzling accessories, and a chic coat.


3. You Can’t Go Wrong With Sparkles

This Gianni Bini Zoe Confetti Off the Shoulder Dress (Dillard’s, $179) screams festive, with its confetti effect fabrication!

We love the effect of the confetti fabrication – if you’re looking for festive, you can’t go wrong with this sparkly dress. Pair it with some silver or gold tassel earrings like the ones in the pic.


4. Sequins, Sequins, Sequins

We love the classic outline of this Gianni Bini Salma Fully Sequin Beaded Dress (Dillard’s, $229). With it’s beaded fabrication, it’s sure to dazzle at a holiday party.

The simple silhouette keeps it classy and modern. Pair it with neutral or black heels, and classic accessories for an elegant look.


5. Metallics and Ruffles

Think metallic fabrics are “out” or tacky? Think again!

The subtle sheen of this Gianni Bini Nicole Ruffle Metallic Dress in Blush (Dillards, $139) keeps it classy yet festive in a neutral blush color. The ruffles add a feminine touch, and the short sleeves are great if you’re not crazy about showing off your bare upper arms.

Pair it with some simple metallic shoes like these pictured Gianni Bini Talisia Tubular Mirrored Dress Sandals (Dillards, $69.99), or get really festive with some heels like these Gianni Bini Sianna Metallic Fabric Jeweled Beaded Dress Sandals in Gold Fusion (Dillards, $98).


6. Holiday Colors and Velvet


Think Santa Clause, but much more sexy. 😉 Velvet makes a comeback with simple silhouettes and classic holiday colors.

Go Ruby Red in this Gianni Bini Judy Velvet Ruffle Deep-V Dress (Dillard’s, $129), or choose Evergreen in this gorgeous Gianni Bini Bell Fan Fav Off the Shoulder Velvet Dress (Dillards, $109).


7. Lace and Ruffles in a Midi-Length Style

Keep the holiday color theme going in a dark red dress such as this Gianni Bini Melissa Lace Ruffle Midi Dress in Malbec (Dillard’s Exclusive, $139).

The lace and ruffles add a festive touch, but the midi-dress silhouette with cap sleeves keeps it elegant.


8. A Simple Gown in a Festive Hue


If you’re opting for something a bit more elegant, this JS Collections Off-The-Shoulder Velvet Gown in Green (Dillards, $288) inspires.

The simple silhouette with a modern off-the-shoulder style make this elegant gown eye-catching, yet not over the top. The dark green hue and velvet detailed fabric add to its appeal for a holiday party dress.

Some simple earrings and shoes are all you need to pull this elegant look together.


9. A Classic Look with a Festive Touch


If you want something a little less holiday-ish but still festive, opt for a classic color with a festive twist.

This Jack by BB Dakota Sequined Holiday Dress (Shoptiques, $114) is a perfect example. The outline and color of the dress keep it simple, while the sequins add just the right amount of holiday fun!

The Jannina stretch-velvet dress by Malene Birger (Net-A-Porter, $395) is another perfect example. The simple mid-length and wrap effect are given a metallic effect, woven with light-catching silver threads.

Pair it with a simple clutch and sexy black heels!


10. Go all out!

Perhaps you are interested in the “festive” aspect more than the holiday part.

Get glitzy with a dress like this Summi sequin-embellished chiffon mini dress by Malene Birger (Net-A-Porter, $950). Its airy chiffon fabric is embellished with stunning shimmering copper and royal-blue sequins. The flutter sleeves, plunging neckline and fitted waist keep it classy and elegant.

Happy Holidays from Clotheseek! xo

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