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November 26, 2011  | by: Lindsay Shoemake

Haute Hippie's maroon studded dress is sure to impress.

It’s that time of year again when the lights are dimmed, the champagne bottle is popped and Michael Buble’s sultry rendition of “Santa Baby” can be heard throughout the buzzing living room.  The holiday party season is undoubtedly full of camaraderie and cheer, but what social event is truly complete without the perfect, dazzling ensemble?

Tibi Ruffle Front Dress

Never fear!  We have hand-selected a couple of chic winter frocks fit for the office party, swanky downtown soiree or holiday dinner with friends.  From casual cool to upscale black tie, these dresses span the entire spectrum of elegant holiday dressing.

Who said you can’t wear white after Labor Day?
Although some fashionistas will argue ’til the end that wearing white after Labor Day in unequivocally passe, muted shades of winter white are completely appropriate for the season.  By pairing an off-white or cream dress with tights, scarves or winter hats, the look is streamlined and ready to face the arctic weather in style.  This Tibi Ruffle Front Dress is perfect for a casual party with friends.  By pairing the dress with opaque black tights and black heels, the look transitions seamlessly into winter.

Go bedazzle yourself
Another great holiday trend is incorporating bold prints and sparkling designs into dresses. Haute Hippie’s studded dress hits the mark with its rich, maroon colors and silver stud embellishments.
This little red number is sure to impress any party patron!

Pile on the luxe
The holidays are also the perfect time to experiment with nontraditional fabrics, like velvet or satin.  This Burnout Velvet Dress by Free People is meant to be a head turner with its bold, plunging neckline and intricate velvet detailing.  Not for the faint of heart, the Burnout Dress also has a daring hemline — the entire dress itself is only 34″ long!

No matter what dress you choose to wear this holiday season, you are sure to shine and stand out in a crowd!  All dresses mentioned above are available for purchase at Shopbop.com.

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