Celebrity-Inspired Cocktail Dresses for Your Next Holiday Party

Amy Oselkin, Celebrity Style Expert
Celebrity-Inspired Cocktail Dresses for Your Next Holiday Party

‘Tis the season to look stylish and celebrities are setting the trends. From sparkling outfits to sleek suits, wear one of these star-inspired looks to your next holiday party and you’ll be sure to steal the spotlight.

Not your basic black: If you are going to stick with classic black, make sure the style of the dress offers something dramatic and different. Heidi Klum once told me she likes to wear “unique things,” so follow her lead. Whether it’s pleats, ruffles or an unusual neckline, keep in mind that black doesn’t have to be basic.

This stretch satin dress is adorable, comfortable and affordable. The detail around the bust is fun and perfect for girls who want to appear more voluptuous on top. Plus, it has pockets so you can carry a lip-gloss with you and look camera ready at all times. Jazz it up with a festive red peep-toe pump and you are ready to celebrate.

Suit up: Jennifer Aniston is the queen of making suits look chic. If your holiday party calls for cocktail attire, don’t rule out wearing a blazer and dressy pants.

This brocade jacket with chiffon pants is a ladylike and elegant option. The ribbon around the waist also accentuates a woman’s figure. Not only is a suit a great alternative to a dress, but it means you can go one more day without shaving your legs and you’ll be a bit warmer than your friends who opted for a mini.

Refined Shine: Taylor Swift once told me she really likes “short sparkly sequin dresses that blind people with light.”

Well, this holiday season no one should go that far. Opt for subtle shimmer instead. This sleeveless dress with a golden hue makes the ideal statement. It is also flattering for curvy figures since the tiered style is very forgiving and can mask a few new holiday pounds. I suggest accessorizing with shoes in same color palette like these golden platform sandals.

Bold and beautiful: Yes, traditional red and green dresses are still stylish for the holiday season, but try spicing things up with an unexpected color like fuchsia. Naomi Watts pulled off the vibrant shade at the Costume Institute Gala and so can most women since it complements various skin tones.

The ruching all along this dress creates the illusion of a slimmer physique while the one-shoulder neckline draws the attention upward further lengthening your body. To enhance the sparkle on the shoulder try a rhinestone bracelet with matching drop earrings.

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