Holiday Preview: Party Dresses 2011

‘Tis the season of the party dress! The Holidays are your time to shine, and what better way than in the perfect party dress. 2011’s frocks are flirty, feminine, and altogether fun to wear. Take sparkly sequins out for a spin: in a black mini dress or creamy neutral tulle they embody the festivity of the season. Feminine with a sexy spin, black lace is also haute for holiday. Structured mini dresses and free-flowing floor length gowns are in equal demand, despite their drastic differences. Finally, colors like holly berry red and kelly green are as fresh as they are classic, as long as you choose a modern shape to complement their traditional nature.

1. Tibi Pirouette One Shoulder Dress ($495)
Traditional holly berry hues are made over into a mod print for a festive take on Christmas red. Silk chiffon pleating graces the shoulder before flowing into a cinched waist and gathered skirt. Pair with your favorite black heels for party perfection.

2. Theyskens’ Theory Felda Dress ($745)
Neutral with a slight metallic sheen, this dress spreads good cheer with its structured shape. Ultra modern, its lines are softened by its subtle shine. Slant pockets at hip with pleating at waist, hidden side zip and sleeveless bodice.

3. Donna Mizani Lace Mini Dress ($215)
Mistletoe ready. Steal the spotlight (and a few kisses) in this black mini. Overlaid with stretch lace, it hugs your curves and flaunts that figure.

4. Alice + Olivia Tallulah Princess Dress ($795)
Channel your inner Taylor Swift in this Hollywood royalty-worthy frock. Fitted in the bodice, this dress has a full, fun skirt that’s overlaid with gold sparkle.

5. Gryphon Belle Maxi Dress ($425)
All I want for Christmas…is this dress. A study in gorgeous silhouettes, this floor-length dress has Grecian-inspired flavor with its flowing skirt and shoulder draping. Its warm neutral tone is complemented by a black tie waist, a simple, yet stunning statement. Silk.

6. Parker Open Back Dress ($385)
Jingle some bells in this spangly mini. Grown-up kimono sleeves balance the youthful mini hem and all-over sequins perfectly. Conservative scoop neck with a daring open back. Pair with simple heels and minimal jewelry.