The Stars Show Us 31 Ways To Bring Glitz And Glam To Your Holiday Parties
When the temperatures drop, the holiday campaigns begin to roll in, and the department store windows get a festive upgrade, we can”t help but dress the part. We shrug on our cozy sweaters and pile on our hats and gloves. The stars, on the other hand, have events to attend and red carpets to walk. We”re not saying we”re not busy . . . it”s just that, well, their agendas might call for a few more black-tie gowns than ours do. And, of course, we can”t help but take inspiration from their glamorous looks.
Yes, this time of year, the shimmering necklines, beaded embroidery, and lace embellishments of designer dresses are what our dreams are made of. One scroll through the 31 party dresses ahead and you”ll know just what to wear for your best friend”s holiday bash and your New Year”s Eve night out on the town. Here”s to a month of getting on your glitz and glam.
The geometric silhouette of Rachel McAdams”s satin dress gets a boost from her avant-garde belt, making her look all the more striking.
Kirsten Dunst knows that sticking with an all-black palette in a demure collared dress works wonders when you complete your look with an eye-catching hairpiece and a festive lip.
Mindy Kaling might as well be the ice princess in this gorgeous beaded minidress. She plays up its appeal with statement-making jewelry, flashy accessories, and just about the prettiest eye makeup we”ve ever seen.
When Carrie Underwood hosted the CMAs she changed into a slew of different dresses, but her shimmering silver minidress made for a look we”d rock on New Year”s Eve.
Olivia Palermo”s monochrome cranberry look gets played up with some simple styling hacks. The doily-effect of her necklace feels especially ladylike.
Camilla Belle knows just how to take an elegant dress and add striking style quirks — her eye-catching two-tone pumps make for a surprisingly fresh accoutrement to her Dior design.
Marion Cotillard”s strapless black number would be a staple in any girl”s closet, but it”s her metallic clutch and bright red booties that speak to the holiday season.
If we could choose one of these dresses for New Year”s Eve, it would be Beyoncé”s sequined minidress. Did we mention it”s from Topshop?
Felicity Jones knows that a shift dress must be adorned with shiny details during the holiday season. Black tights and suede pumps make for the perfect Winter accoutrements.
Leave it to Rachel Zoe to pair Winter”s fanciest essentials together — a long beaded gown and a furry topper.
Jamie Chung”s fuzzy sweater and sparkling skirt combination is one of our go-tos for a party with a more casual dress code. We love the way the style star has balanced out her look with a dark lip and complementing heels, too!
Taylor Swift never underestimates the power of a touch of red. Suede pumps and a swipe of lipstick make this shimmering two-piece set stand out. Her look is the perfect answer for your best friend”s holiday party.
This isn”t your typical red silk gown. The way the material is draped over Elizabeth Banks”s shoulders looks luxe, and her high slit is just a little bit daring.
Anna Kendrick”s paired a stapless satin top with fancy shorts to give off the illusion of an LBD. That”s an easy trick for any season, but what we really love is her sparkly accessory game.
Kate Beckinsale opted for a gorgeous “70s-inspired Gucci number at the LACMA Gala that we just couldn”t get out of our minds. Just wait until you see the back!
Olivia Wilde”s channeling another Olivia we all know and love in a crisp white coat. But it”s her turtleneck bodycon dress that makes this outfit feel especially appropriate for the holidays.
Selena”s satin Dior mini fits her like a glove, and serves as the perfect party inspiration thanks to its festive shade.
Even though Emma Watson”s Spring “15 Balenciaga outfit was totally edgy on the runway, she made it appear ladylike on the red carpet. It”s the sheer sleeves and off-the-shoulder details that conjure images of a beautiful Winter snowstorm.
When we saw this Jason Wu number on the runway, we never would”ve imagined it at a holiday party, but Freida Pinto played up its glam factor with metallic accessories.
Laverne Cox is one of our newest style icons, and this velvet number solidified her spot on top. A sheer panel and a long train are what made her stand out on the red carpet.
Harley Viera-Newton mixed black and navy blue like a pro at the Topshop Topman opening. The ladylike lace detail on this number was practically made for a festive holiday bash.
Rose Byrne”s not even wearing a full suit, but her silk trousers make her look feel fancy. We like that while she could”ve gone for a bright button-up, she chose an elegant, more neutral shade.
Jennifer Lawrence opted for an oversize blazer to layer over her popping red dress — a simple trick that”ll make you look all the more conservative when you”re headed outside.
Jourdan Dunn”s feather-meets-lace minidress is eye-catching enough to speak for itself. And while you might not expect an all-black look to feel lively, this one certainly does.
We love the silhouette of Keira”s Chanel Couture mini, but we”re even more in love with the texture of the sparkly embellishments on her neckline and around the hem.
Nicola Peltz”s dress is perfect for a party — it”s well-tailored, but features a deep plunge that”s on-point for a nighttime soirée.
Kate Hudson makes a strong case for an all-lace ensemble, in a striking color of course.
Lupita Nyongo”s beaded Chanel design was nothing short of gorgeous. Her look made for a striking take on Winter white, and her complementing gold pumps sealed the deal.
Nicole Kidman”s Louis Vuitton gown not only looks festive, but it also looks cozy. And her hair color only brings more warmth to her look.
Poppy Delevingne knows that every girl needs a warm fuzzy coat for the holiday season. Let it be a striking shield on the way to the party, then shimmy it off and reveal your gorgeous dress underneath!
Reese Witherspoon”s colorblock dress is simple yet bold. Her dainty jewelry is, quite literally, the icing she needed.