The Only Dress You Need To Nail Holiday Party Dressing

by Danielle Combs

Pick one item in your closet that you could wear to any occasion, any time of year; in all likelihood it's the versatile LBD. It works just as well for a summer wedding as it does for a work dinner with your boss. But, a black dress — long or short, sequined or silk — proves especially useful with all the cold-weather festivities coming up on your calendar. Yes, a LBD can be statement-making all on its own, but it also serves as the perfect foil to the glitzy accessories that dominate this time of year. So, save yourself the seasonal stress and commit now to make a black dress your go-to holiday party outfit.

"80s-inspired LBDs feel fresh for the season as inspired by Saint Laurent, Carmen March, Alessandra Rich, Isabel Marant, and Attico,” says fashion stylist Rachael Wang, who suggests looking for black dresses that feature voluminous, puffed-up sleeves or a sweetheart neckline. Then, to finish off the look, opt for more-is-more accessories ('tis the season to be festive after all): “I love the idea of bringing back the sexy LBD for evening by pairing it with sheer black hosiery, glitzy strappy sandals, and diamante earrings or a necklace," says Wang.

But, if you're looking for a slightly more pared-down holiday look, a black dress can also anchor a more streamlined party ensemble. A sleek slip dress with a long hem can take your from day to night, and looks just as good with your usual work heels as it does with something flashier.

No matter how festive you're looking to dress this holiday season, the five LBD outfits below are all the inspiration you need. So, whether you're looking to impress your boss, parents, or friends you know what you need to pull it off.

Midi Dress + White Mules + Statement Earrings


For a more minimalist approach to holiday dressing, try a midi-length black dress that features fluted long-sleeves. Because this comfortable pick is a bit more low-key, you can style it with eye-catching sculptural earrings, and elevated mules.

Long Dress + Patent Jacket + Statement Boots

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Rethink your standard approach to holiday style by looking for a long black dress that you can style with coordinated statement boots. Complete the look by opting for a sleek black jacket in slick patent leather along with a glitzy metallic handbag that serves as the focal point of the otherwise streamlined ensemble.

Slip Dress + Leopard Printed Top + High-Shine Handbag


For an alternative approach, try layering an on-trend animal print top underneath a simple, black slip dress. Add pointed boots, and as the final pièce de résistance, a gleaming bag embellished with brilliant paillettes adds just the right amount of sparkle and panache.

Ruffled Dress + Oversized Wool Coat + Standout Accessories


If you’re looking to amp up the drama, a floor-sweeping black dress with ruffles is a surefire way to standout. Take the look to the next level by incorporating a pair of platform boots for added height; opting for an edgier boot keeps the dress from looking too prim and proper. In lieu of carrying your typical evening clutch, instead opt for a croc-effect bag that subtly compliments a plaid wool coat.

'80s-Inspired Dress + Black Sheer Hoisery + Statement Shoes

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Go for a bit of '80s-inspired glamour with a black mini dress bedecked in delicate feathers. Rebel against the standard holiday dress code by styling your LBD with sheer black hosiery and glitzy, strappy sandals (your feet won't be cold if you're inside all night). For added flair, try your hand at accessorizing your look with a coated pouch trimmed in black plumage.