Are you wondering what to wear for the Holidays? You might think It can be hard to find something, but I’m gonna help you out by giving you few little tips to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect dress. First, who will be there? Will there only be family, kids or will there be only friends. You’re wondering why I’m asking? Well it is simply because you won’t probably buy the same dress if there’s kids and family around vs a party with friends.
Keep in mind that the length of the dress is another thing to consider. Don’t go too short, you’re not 16 anymore and length is in style this season so take advantage and go for slightly under the knee, midi or even a maxi if you’re up for it.
Sleeves or no sleeves? Well, you know, it’s minus 30 Celsius, you might need a cashmere cardi if your dress doesn’t have a sleeve, will it ruin your outfit? Most of the time it does or it’s hard to find something that goes over your dress perfectly. You surely can find, but it can be complicated. I always suggest clients who want to cover their arms to go with a dress with a short sleeve or full sleeve, or even a lace sleeve, it is easier and most of the time a cheaper option, than finding a nice evening cardigan to match your dress.
I also suggest that you go with something festive but classic. What I mean is that you will probably want to wear that dress again for a wedding anniversary dinner, an event with your work, or another party, so don’t go too loud unless of course you get it at H&M for 50$.
Below are few options of dresses that I love for the Holidays. My favorite of all 5 dresses is this first one from NYC label Proenza Schouler. Crafted from fluid crepe, this polka-dot runway dress is cut for a slightly loose fit and draws attention to the slimmest part of your body. I love how the layered midi skirt creates movement as you walk.
This Cushnie et Ochs dress captures a romantic mood, it has a feminine polka-dots ruffled overlay. The fil coupé bodice has supportive internal boning and falls to a sculpting stretch-cady skirt. Wear it with your black pointy pumps, a nice thick metallic bracelet and a clutch.
If you are willing and like more “forward” dresses, this Gucci dress is perfect for you. If you look closely, It has western elements that collides with an ultra feminine silhouette. This midi dress has violet accents, black grosgrain trims that elegantly highlight your waist. The delicate lace top is partially lined for opacity, while the plissé-georgette skirt creates fluid movement with each step.
One of my favorite label in 2016 is Self-Portrait. The creative designer behind this brand is a genius. Han Chong knows how to create a spectacular impact while maintaining a very affordable price point. Most of his dresses are around 400-600$. For the Holidays I especially like this modern and feminine dress. Perfect for those who prefer a little coverage on the shoulders and arms, this style has a cape-style bodice made from signature guipure lace and a crepe skirt with a flattering grosgrain waistband.
My clients would say “this is VERY David Lesage”! This is totally the style I used to have at my store downtown, classic and gorgeous. This style will never go out of fashion, EVER! This dress is reminiscent of ’60s styles from the label’s archive. Designed with elegant sleeves, it has a white cotton-blend lace bodice underpinned with a layer of tulle for structure. The black midi skirt is cut from the brand’s signature crepe – a luxurious blend of wool and silk that holds its A-line shape beautifully. It is from Valentino.
Those are only few examples to give you ideas, you don’t need to go for designer price point, but keep in mind that everything is on sale right now, it is the perfect timing to get your favorite designer pieces at a discount price. If you need help to shop for your holiday parties, please get in touch here, it will be a pleasure to help!