So I thought I would pull together a collection of ideas to get you started on your holiday party preparations. Once you have the outfit, accessories and warm cover up of some sort you can relax and make the most of the celebrations.
For a simple black dress the Mimi Dress from Boden is a lovely start. It also looks lovely with a belted cardigan. Boden offers great accessory suggestions on their site.
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Banana Republic coupled up a beautiful taupe skirt and gray blouse to great effect. I like how feminine this look is and so practical to go from work to evening out. You can get all the details here.
I love this gorgeous gold dress also from Boden. It would accessorize so beautifully with a black wrap, sweater or little jacket. Shoe color options would be practically endless. The detailing along the collar and front are so girly and sweet.
Anthropologie has no shortage of beautiful dresses this season. I love the detail on the collar and bodice of the Celestial Dream dress paired with a longer, light frilly skirt. So feminine and grown up in a nice way.
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This is another gorgeous dress by Anthropologie. The Vintage Watercolor dress could be beautifully paired with a white faux fur wrap, deep purple pashmina, pretty silver sweater. This would definitely stand out in a crowd of little black dresses.
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I love the Bonnie dress in toile jacquard by JCrew. It would be stunning paired with silver metallic heels and layered with a glittery, sequined silver jacket or sweater. It's a dress you could definitely dress up or down. this is a dress that could just as easily appear at a summer garden party paired with flat sandals.
I hope these inspirations will kick start your search for the perfect holiday dress for this year. There are so many beautiful options in solids and colors to fit your mood for the 2011 holiday season and beyond. Here's wishing you great success with holiday fashions and socializing with peace and joy this year.