One of my worst fashion memories was searching for the perfect cocktail dress for a holiday party two days before the event. I’d left it too long, and I was desperate. As I combed through racks of dresses at the mall, not finding the right thing or, when I did, not finding it in my size, I promised myself I had learned my lesson, and I would never leave shopping for the right dress to the last-minute ever again.
Are you on the lookout for a new holiday party cocktail dress? Please don’t leave it to the last minute, especially with supply chain issues and slow deliveries this year. Here are four classy cocktail dresses I’ve rounded up that will light up a room. Plus, what to look for when shopping for the perfect holiday party cocktail dress.
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What to Look for in a Holiday Party Cocktail Dress
1. Velvet Touch
Nothing says holiday season more than a luxurious velvet dress. Red, green and black are classic, but plum and blue velvet cocktail dresses are the modern trends.
2. Sparkle and Shine
Get into the holiday season with some Christmas sparkle and shine. Sequins, glitter, silver, and gold never go out of style.
3. Holiday Bows
Wrap yourself up in a glam cocktail dress with a beautiful bow. This time of year, there are lots of dresses with bows at the waist, sleeves, or neckline that are festive and feminine.
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4. Luxe Embellished Fabrics
Along with the colors of the season come the fabrics of the season. Embroidered, metallic, and embellished materials are rich and luxurious for holiday party cocktail dresses.
5. Silky Satin
Silky, shiny fabrics that make you glisten are always top of mind for holiday parties. A smooth satin cocktail dress is ultra-glam at Christmas and New Year’s.
6. Christmas Floral Fantasy
If you like classic and feminine cocktail dresses, then a pretty winter floral cocktail dress is lovely. Can I say that I love that this dress isn’t A solid color? Don’t get me wrong – I love solid colors- but it’s such a nice change to wear a beautiful floral on a dark background this time of year. Make the most of this dressy look by carrying a gorgeous clutch and wearing sexy party heels.
7. Sheer Details
How do you look alluring at a holiday cocktail party without flashing too much skin? Sheer sleeves or a transparent neckline are sophisticated and sexy.
Are you going to a holiday party soon? Have you got something to wear yet?