1. Jacob one-shoulder beaded dress, $99
There’s nothing like a pop of red to make a statement at a holiday party. The dress cinches right in at the waist (where you want), while the full skirt is a bit more forgiving on your bottom half. We’re fans of the beaded detail on the shoulder strap and could easily see it paired with a pair of black strappy stilettos or a sparkly gold heel — like this one from Kate Spade. And with the friendly price tag, a shoe splurge doesn’t seem like a bad idea. Available at jacob.ca.
2. Versace for H&M dress, $199
Tomorrow is when you can officially go out and shop for the Versace for H&M line here in Canada, but if London’s reaction is any indication, you’ll likely have to go in with elbows out and a lot of patience. We love this bright yellow sleeveless number for a night out with girl’s or even New Year’s Eve. It’s fun and in true Versace style, a little bit sexy too. Available at select H&M locations.
3. Ted Baker embellished dress, $310
Let’s be honest, there are times when you just don’t feel like doing sleeveless. Maybe you’re heading to a venue you know is always chilly or would prefer not to bare your arms. Whatever the case, we think this Ted Baker option is the perfect compromise. With sheer sleeves and a great front embellishment, this dress can easily take you from office party to family get-together. Pair it with a cute clutch — like this Lytton Raffia option from Diane von Furstenberg and you’re done! Available at tedbaker-london.com.
4. Arthur Mendoça Fall Winter 2011
Wallflowers need not apply. This shimmering, metallic piece from Canadian designer Arthur Mendoça will have heads turning. The v-neck dips just low enough and your arms are fully covered — leaving much to the imagination. Keep your makeup and accessories simple to avoid any fashion victim references. We can however, see some fur outerwear being a great way to make your entrance. Available at select retail stores across the country.
5. 3.1 Phillip Lim metallic belted v-neck dress, $739
What’s not to love about this gorgeous metallic dress from Phillip Lim? It’s such a versatile piece we can see rocking at a festive after-work get-together or even a family function. Dress it up with a t-strap sandal or dress it down with a black wedge in suede. Plus any gold jewellery will be the perfect complement. Available at shopbop.com.
6. Alice + Olivia Melanie drape silk-crepe dress, $370
You’re destined to have a good night wearing a gorgeous dress like this royal blue version from Alice + Olivia. Have a fabulous party you need to dress up for? Or maybe you’re New Year’s is looking up? Whatever the case, we think this dress will do the trick. What to pair it with? We think starting with this pair of Crystal Encrusted Gold Fringe earrings from Alexis Bittar are a good start. Available at net-a-porter.com.
7. Tibi Vasily jacquard strapless dress, $495
Young and fun, this strapless number from Tibi is party-ready. The combo of navy and metallic is holiday perfect. Have a dinner to sit through before the dancing starts? A shrug, like this faux fur version from BCBG is a great option. Available at tibi.com.
8. Top Shop red leopard print pleated waist shirt dress, $84
Go straight from the office to a holiday cocktail party without feeling under-dressed. Unlike your traditional leopard print, the red screams festive without having to decorate yourself in glitter and lights. A pair of black tights and heels will finish the look off nicely. Available at thebay.com.