Nothing says a holiday party like a glamorous cocktail dress. Here are the five classic favorites to look fab and festive.
1. Red Velvet Cocktail Dresses
When red is the color of Santa’s velvet suit, it is no wonder that red velvet cocktail dresses are the first ones to get snapped up. But bright Christmas red isn’t always the most popular shade. It’s hot and sexy on young women, but many mature women prefer a quieter, more refined version of red and lean towards wine or burgundy.
For example, a gorgeous wine-colored velvet dress is very flattering at any age. This toned-down red is easy to wear, and the beautiful wrap style is a great way to show off your waist. Three-quarter length sleeves help give you a more youthful look, and the just above the knee length is super flattering.
2. Green Velvet Cocktail Dress
Christmas Tree Green is the other obvious for a velvet dress this time of year. This gorgeous green velvet midi dress is particularly regal. Midis have become very popular lately, and they look lovely on, so long as you wear some heels; otherwise, they can look rather frumpy.
This pretty cocktail dress is an all-around winner with a charming twisted bodice and soft, flowy skirt that’s incredibly flattering if you have full hips and heavy bottom half. (pear-shaped).
3. Velvet Cocktail Dresses with Sleeves
Velvet dresses are pretty seasonal and more suited to fall and winter, so you’d think that they would all come with sleeves. But that’s not always the case. Cocktail dresses with sleeves are always in demand, so if you find one you like, scoop it up quickly.
Long velvet sleeves can sometimes be hot and weigh down the look. If it’s your wobbly arms you are concerned about, you can get the coverage you need and look more youthful if you pick a velvet dress with a sheer sleeve, a bell sleeve, a 3/4 length sleeve, or an elbow-length sleeve.
4. Black Velvet Cocktail Dresses
When you want to play it safe, there’s always black. Not only are black velvet evening dresses slimming, but they’re also versatile because you can wear them to many other events and not look Christmasy. One of my favorite looks is a dress with black velvet flocking. Flocking adds texture and dimension and looks so pretty and feminine in this style of dress.
5. Blue Velvet Cocktail Dresses
Blue Velvet cocktail dresses are a little harder to find but well worth it if you can nab one. This color feels rare and unique, and while just as slimming as black, it can be softer on the complexion when you are in midlife or beyond.
A tailored sheath is classically elegant, and in deep blue velvet, it takes on a magical feel. Angular seams add shape and definition and show off your curves. Here’s the blue velvet cocktail dress I wore at Christmas.