Holiday Dresses with a Wow Factor

You want to look chic and sexy, stylish and age appropriate. Here are 10 dresses that will do all those things for you and much more

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Black and Just Right

This dress has all the razzle-dazzle you’re hankering for this time of year (thanks, sequins) plus the benefits of color blocking: The white up top reflects onto skin for instant illumination; the black bottom visually slenderizes that pesky hip and thigh area. Best bet: Wear with silver—pumps or sandals, your choice. Ann Taylor, $268,

Ann Taylor

Statement Maker

Here’s proof that a dress doesn’t have to be revealing to be sexy. Black sequin-embellished lace against a saturated blue background is sizzling and looks like a million bucks. Want to turn heads? This is how you do it. Tadashi Shoji Three Quarter Sleeve Sequin Overlay Sheath Dress, $388,

LBD (Long Black Dress)

If your holiday plans call for a dress with drama, here’s your answer: a dressed-up ankle length, saturated black color and body-friendly Empire waist. It looks great with heels, naturally, but we’d also love it with a metallic flat. Patra Sleeveless Soutache Gown, $164,

Best in Dress

Our editors went bananas for this dress, and for good reason: The flirty, feminine silhouette and unbelievably fantastic fit will have you pulling this beauty out of the closet for special occasions for years to come. Pink Tartan ‘Carey’ Dress, $395,

Standout Sheath

Brocade is a hot trend this season, and this bronze dress is a great way to wear it. Featuring a sexy open back, the embellishment at the neckline frames the face (and takes the place of a necklace). Wear with sheer black hose and black-silk pointy-toe pumps. Maggy London Floral Vine Lace Dress, $118,

Maggy London

The Dress Alternative

A jumpsuit is perfectly festive when it features a lace-effect front, and the unexpected quality of a nondress is always fun. Pair with heels and a clutch, and you’re ready for a cocktail. Kenneth Cole Alice Lace-Front Jumpsuit, $228,

Kenneth Cole

Purple Haze

Are you tired of all the red (and green) you see? So are we. This draped, grape-hued number will skim your body in all the right ways. DKNY Asymmetric Dolman Sleeve Drapefront Dress, $195,


A Case for Lace

It’s perfect: The cut is flattering, the lace is sheer enough to have lots of interest but not so sheer that it’s bare, and the to-the-knee length is always appropriate. Need arm coverage? Top with a cardigan. Maggy London Brocade Sheath Dress, $158,

Maggy London

Shades of Gray

Asymmetrical and edgy: Wear this dress with tights and boots to work and then go bare legged with strappy sandals for that holiday party after hours. Dancing on tabletops is optional. DKNYPURE Asymmetric Drapeneck Dress, $395,


First Blush

We’re all in favor of a shock of color, but we’re really feeling the lush color of this blush frock; the hue looks lovely on any skin tone. Illusion netting and detailed beading make this a knockout. Sue Wong Beaded-Bodice Illusion-Neck Cocktail Dress, $395,

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