Thursday, December 09, 2010

Holiday Party Dress by Style

I don't know about you all, but I get quite frustrated with the level of focus fashion magazine puts on holiday party dressing once December rolls around. Maybe in fancy smchancy NYC people go to three soirees a week, but here in the regular world most people go to three dress up holiday parties max, more often just one.

So I will go ahead and dedicate just one post to holiday dresses, with the majority actually affordable for the average woman, one set for each of the four main styles I believe exist: Boho, Edgy, Romantic, and Preppy.

Boho. Also known as hippy chic, bohemian, foho, folksy, tribal, cultural, gypsy, ethnic, festival chic! I focused on print, ethnic embellishments, and looser silhouettes and would recommend looking at stores and brands such as Free People, Haute Hippie, T-Bags, and Antik Batik.
Preppy. Also known as school-girl chic, sporty, posh ladylike, American classic, Palm Beach, nautical, Ivy League style, equestrian! With the '50s ladylike aesthetic in style right now, it's quite easy to find a multitude of options! Be sure to look at Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor, and Kate Spade for lots of great items!
Tough. Can be called rocker, futuristic, biker chic, grunge, punk, military-inspired. For this style I looked for bodycon dresses, animal and bright prints, cut outs, and metal and leather touches. I also put in a few minimal tank dresses. I recommend looking in bebe, Daryl K, Oak NYC, and Helmut Lang.
Romantic. Also known as girly, Victorian gothic, Edwardian, baby doll, feminine, Grecian or ethereal. For this last style I searched for dresses made of velvet, chiffon and lace, and looked for both loosely draped as well as sexier, lingerie-inspired pieces. Be sure to check out Nanette Lepore, Cynthia Rowley and Jill Stuart.

I know that many of these dresses could easily be switched over to different styles, particularly with the right accessories, but overall this should help you find your perfect holiday dress!