We Size Up the Season’s Standout Dresses

Planning your holiday party wardrobe? We’ve got your guide: Find out what dresses are trending, what takes on the trends we’re loving and why each is worthy of your next big night out.


The Sheath
The sheath is known for its slim fit, its undeniable elegance (It’s Kate Middleton’s signature dress!) and its versatile simplicity. For the holidays, you can’t go wrong with a lace or printed version. Style it smart for day, sassy for night, every which way for seasons to come. (It will never go out of style!)

The Fit-and-Flare Frock
The fit-and-flare frock seems made for holiday parties: It has a playful feel (Warning: You’re going to want to spin!), a flattering fit and an unexpected silhouette that makes it all the more special. This season, pick a style from the new lace variety—and be sure to bear in mind: The bigger the flare, the bolder the statement!

The Body-Con Dress
Found: The perfect dress for when you want to make an entrance, make an exit and catch a few eyes in between. The body-con dress hugs curves like no other, plus mixes and mingles with conservative styles with ease. Heading to a holiday cocktail party? Slip into a red style—or opt for an LBD you can repeat on New Year’s Eve. (Just change up your accessories for an altogether new look!)

The Wrap Dress
Every woman—size 2 to 22—should have a classic wrap dress hanging in her closet. It’s one of those throw-on-and-go styles that gets it right every time—and flatters figures across the board. This season, your best bets feature houndstooth or bold-as-can-be geometric prints. Just take your pick, then wrap it on repeatedly—matched with timeless extras to get the look just right.