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30 of the best dresses to wear for the holidays

While we’re busy shopping for everyone else this month, we can’t forget about ourselves. With countless parties and events that we have coming up for the holidays, it’s time to add a few new festive frocks to our wardrobe. With a little help from our editors, you can find all the dresses you need in one place. From the perfect little black dress and velvet numbers to shiny bodycons and sequined gowns, shop 30 of the best dresses to wear this Christmas below.

The LBD

You can never go wrong with a little black dress. Shop five of our favorites from Carven, Pixie Market, Zara and Opening Ceremony.

CARVEN arrow embroidered A-line dress

Long Dress

Kate Little Black Dress

Dress With Lace

V-Neck Combo Mesh Dress

Color

From bold red to embroidered floral, look for rich tones when it comes to shopping for the perfect dress. 

Lavra Cut Out Dress

OPENING CEREMONY swirl jacquard cascade dress

Collection chevron-striped silk-satin dress

HELMUT LANG overlay dress

MSGM embroidered pattern flared dress

Velvet 

Velvet is one of the most festive materials. Try Jill Stuart’s strapless design and pair it with opaque tights or shimmer in Topshop’s blue midi version.

THEORY ‘Darmelle’ velvet finish plaid dress

Sequin Embroidery Velvet Dress

‘Emily’ Sleeveless Velvet Dress

Velvet Dress

Glittery Velvet Midi Dress

Shine

Wear something shiny this season and feel extra special. Shop metallics, embellished and sequined frocks here.

ALICE+OLIVIA metallic dress

Shia Long Sleeved Dress

FRENCH CONNECTION Dress - Moon Dust

Mesh Body-Con Dress

Halston Strapless Sequined Cascading-Ruffle Dress

Lace

Wear a dress with lace all over or one with just lace hems. Whichever way you prefer to wear your lace, we have five of our favorites from 3.1 Phillip Lim, French Connection and more.

3.1 PHILLIP LIM guipure lace dress

Lace Hem Slipdress

Layla Lace Dress

Little White Lies Carmen Lace Dress

Floral Lace Sheath Dress

Formal

Are you attending any black tie holiday parties? Shopping for formal gowns can definitely break the bank, but with our selects we keep it a bit more practical. Shop sequins, winter white, high slits and slip dresses for the perfect stunning maxi. 

BADGLEY MISCHKA sequined gown

Blouson Bodice Sequin Mesh Gown

Exclusive For Intermix Blair Deep V Gown: Blush

Long Dress

DKNY lace insert long slip dress