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 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.
1. Satin and Silk Shine for the Holidays
Smooth, glistening silk and satin cocktail dresses are positively regal, especially in this deep blue shade. But since this type of fabric is shiny and delicate, it can show every lump and bump. Quality counts, and so does fit. Make sure your satin or silk cocktail dress is tight enough, or you will ruin the look. The ruching on this dress makes it easier to wear satin or silk. This is one type of dress where Spanx sure comes in handy, too!
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3. Sequins are Glamorous
Head-to-toe sequins are attention-grabbing, and a full sequin dress can make you look glam or tacky. Balance is the key to achieving an alluring look with a sequin cocktail dress. For example, long sleeves, a high neckline, and a below-the-knee dress length keep you looking classy, not trashy in this dress. Finish the look with nude accessories, so there’s no competition with all the bright, bold green sparkle.
4. Capes Take Centre Stage
Caped Dresses are the superhero of fashion this holiday season. This stunning red cocktail dress with the draped drop cape couldn’t be more perfect for your upcoming Christmas party or New Year’s Eve event. It looks stunning with black accessories and a touch of gold. Classic with a touch of drama!
5. Romantic Velvet for Christmas
One of everyone’s favorite fabrics during the holidays is Velvet.
6. Tuxedo Trend is Now!
One of the most beloved looks for cocktail wear is having a moment this holiday season. The timeless Tuxedo Dress is trending! This flattering menswear-inspired wrap dress nips in at the waist to create curves and is polished and sophisticated.