Glitter, Christmas-inspired traditional patterns and holiday-ready metallic fabrics… What to wear during this upcoming Christmastime is the easiest question to answer ever, as the holiday dresses offered by our favorite brands have never been so variegated and diverse. To better take stock of the (fashion) situation, we decided to choose 20 different holiday dresses for you to wear on Christmas 2016, making sure all of the abounding seasonal trends could be fully represented.
From velvet materials to slip figures, here you have the best holiday dresses of 2016 (the featured dress is from Express)!
1. A Shiny Christmas
If you are one of those lucky people who party twice at Christmastime, with one of the two events being fancier and less familiar than the other, this cute, shiny and metallic holiday dress might just be the best option for you. Essential yet one-of-a-kind, it will enhance your figure and won’t even require further embellishments (aside from a warm cardigan or blazer). It will come in handy all year round at any night out, too! You can find it at ASOS.com.
2. Holidays Are for Ruffles
On the other hand, if the holiday dress you are looking for is more conventionally elegant than party-ready, this V-neck, ruffled dress from MSGM, available at Fwrd.com, might be more suitable for you. Dipped in a vivid, rich pinkish magenta, it will surely mesmerize those who love Massimo Giorgetti’s creations.
3. The Never Again Dress
Zhivago is a Russian brand that often transposes boldness to its astounding holiday dresses. Available for purchase at Revolve, Zhivago’s Never Again dress combines Eighties-inspired shoulders, a Seventies-inspired wrapped figures and the Nineties passion for sequins all together, serving us the perfect holiday dress to show off at any late December party.
4. Slip Dresses and Silk Are Meant to Be
With the Nineties being undeniably all the rage now, we couldn’t, of course, exempt ourselves from selecting an elegant, red slip dress in silk (it is also available in black!). Elegant and sinuous, this holiday dress is perfect for anyone, who loves mixing high and low patterns together, creating a sort of haute couture-esque look that won’t go forgotten for sure. You can get it at Net-a-Porter.com!
5. Holiday Funday
We all know one of the best parts about the holiday season is staying with our family and friends and gathering around the table to eat the yummiest food, but let’s not forget that the holidays are meant for partying and dancing, too. Free People captured the funniest spirit of Christmas with this bright tunic holiday dress, available in different colors and with relaxed lines that make it perfect to wear both at lunch, and at a night club. Get it here!
6. Slipping Off the Holidays
Here we are with another holiday slip dress that could also be worn all year long at any night out with friends. Shiny and made of a refined fabric, this one is the epitome of the cutest holiday dresses, and can be found at Shopbop.com.
7. Nasty Gal’s Holidays
Although it is definitely going to be a busy Christmastime for Nasty Gal, the beloved vintage retailer features cool party-ready holiday dresses anyways, with this Troubadour dress by Courtney Love x Nasty Gal being the one we fell in love with instantly. Glamorous and luxurious, we bet it will soon fly off Nastygal.com!
8. Metallic Ruffles
Who says elements that are more linked with the sophisticated events, such as ruches and ruffles, cannot get along with more conventionally party-ready events? This dress by ASOS perfectly displays how blissfully such elements can be combined with one another. It’s one holiday dress we bet will particularly appeal to those who love the Nineties. Find it at ASOS.com!
9. Prom Dresses Or Holiday Dresses?
It has been an inspiring and good year for Topshop, whose sales (also thanks to Kylie and Kendall Jenner) have been increasing all year long. This is due to its trendy proposals as well, among which holiday dresses are always the most anticipated. And just by looking at this prom/holiday dress, it is not that hard to understand why! You can find it on Topshop.com.
10. Gunmetal Cocktail Dress
Off-the-shoulder figures have been pretty trending all year long, and so will they in 2017. This holiday-ready cocktail dress, with a gunmetal detailing and butterfly sleeves, celebrates this trend to the fullest, and is already available for purchase at NeimanMarcus.com.
11. Dressing Up With Some Seventies Vibes
If wrap dresses are your thing, but you would also like to add a slightly glittery vibe to your look, we recommend having a look at this sleeveless wrap dress from J.O.A., now available on Nordstrom.com.
12. Or Dressing Up With Some Eighties Vibes?
Is there anything glitterier than Eighties-inspired holiday dresses? With Topshop really being into glitters and sequined patterns this year, we couldn’t help but look for a cool, ultra-shimmery bandeau holiday dress designed by the label, which did not disappoint us at all! You can find it at Topshop.com.
13. Late At Night Shimmers
Here we are with another glamorous holiday dress from Free People, which this time around features eye-catching embroidery and a feminine v-neckline with a simple, sexy silhouette. Get it at FreePeople.com.
14. Magic Mirrors On the Dress
With most of our proposals being ultra dazzling, we opted to tone the shimmers down with this Karmic Mirror holiday dress from Zimmermann, which features a delicate, bon ton figure and fancy butterfly sleeves. You can get it online at Zimmermannwear.com.
15. Asymmetrical Holidays
ASOS really is a hotbed for holiday dresses, and we apparently can’t get enough of them. This one-shoulder metallic mini dress, available at ASOS.com, is perfect for all of the Christmas after parties we may attend, especially if they involve dancing the night away.
16. A Self Portrait Dress
While browsing through Fwrd.com, we got instantly smitten by this gorgeous tiered peplum lace dress in red, which not only reminds us of Christmastime, but also of the boho chic trend from this past summer.
17. Conceptual Fashion Is Meant For the Holidays
Misha Nonoo is known for her whimsical designs, which often blur the lines between conventionality and conceptual art. This ‘Juliette’ holiday dress is the best option for those who love to play with fashion at any time, especially during the holiday season. You can get it at Farfetch.com.
18. A Versatile One-Shoulder Dress
Made of crushed velvet and with a reinforced satin ruffle on top, this holiday dress by H&M is both cute and elegant at the same time, and will look absolutely perfect with any pair of rose gold shoes, from sandals to sneakers (if you like contrasting patterns). You can find it in H&M’s stores and online at hm.com.
19. Cut-outs and Cocktails
Self Portrait has us covered once more with one of its most abstract and fanciest holiday dresses, available at NeimanMarcus.com and perfect for any cocktail party. It features cutout at the sides and a cheerful angled peplum waist.
20. Loungewear and Chic
Last but not least, here we are with the most risqué holiday dress of all – Missguided wrap mini dress in satin green. It features a plunging V neckline, and a wrap tie at the waist. Match it with high stilettos for a killer look! Snag it at Missguidedus.com!
Photos courtesy of Viva Luxury, Free People, ASOS