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.

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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.