STYLE GURU PICKS: Holiday Dresses

The stores have put up giant Christmas trees, decorative ornaments line fill display windows and all things glittery have found their time to shine. That’s right, it’s holiday season. And what better way to celebrate than with soirees, cookie swaps and gift exchange parties? Even if you have no holiday parties on your agenda, December will always offer you an excuse to put your favorite dress and heels on (or flats if your prefer).

If you’ve got something going on every weekend, then you’re likely to need a few outfit options. So to help you out, we’ve got 10 holiday dresses picked out by our very own Style Gurus.

1. Satin Wrap Maxi Dress

Tabi Hoshmand

I love the satin fabric of this dress. Satin is the type of material that is chic and holiday appropriate. The color is what stands out to me the most. Navy blue is not your typical color scheme for the holidays but the combination of the high slit and the satin material is bound to get some heads turning.”- Tabi Hoshmand, San Diego State Univeresity

2. Burnout Velvet Dress

Callie Craig

This show-stopper is a must for the holiday season. It’s a great piece to dress up for more formal soirees, but is also easy to dress down for a night out with your friends.”- Callie Craig, DePaul University

3. Zig Zag Glitter Bodycon Dress

Hannah Bullion (1)

This December, it’s all about the glitter. Especially this glitter bodycon dress from Topshop! Throw on some booties and a leather jacket and you have yourself the perfect getup for any soiree!”- Hannah Bullion, Michigan State University


4. Asymmetrical Hem Halter Body-Con Dress

Monica Chon

This dress does a fantastic job of balancing elegance and sexiness. I love how it hugs your figure, yet isn’t too revealing. In addition, it is very simple and clean, but its asymmetric tulip hemline makes it more unique. I would wear it with a cat eye and red lips.”- Monica Chon, University of Washington

5. Shimmer Lace-Up Dress

Laurise McMillian

I feel like holiday outfits shouldn’t be so crazy that your personal style becomes unrecognizable. I chose this dress because it’s a shimmery version of a style I would wear any other time of the year!”- Laurise McMillian, University of Baltimore

6. Necklace-collar Chiffon Dress

Rachel Lambert

This dress is everything I want in a party dress- it’s flowy, it’s showy, and it’s gorgeous. The metallic chain details around the neck add a bit of edge and the empire waist will look good on any body type.”- Rachel Lambert, Anderson University

7. Two-Piece Set

Lamia Chowdhury

Make heads turn at this year’s holiday party with this stunning two-piece set. This classy, form-fitting ensemble is perfectly trendy for a night out this season.”- Lamia Chowdhury, University of Florida

8. Crushed Velvet Bodycon Dress

Jazzmin Martinez

Nothing screams the holidays like a velvet dress. It’s sexy, sleek and has just enough elegance to make any holiday party seem like a red carpet event. Plus, it’s a neutral color so it will be easy to style throughout the winter season.”- Jazzmin Martinez, Humboldt State University

9. Cosmo Dress 

Lauren Black

I’m all about the star print this season, since it can feel universally festive for just about any holiday you might be celebrating this season, including New Year’s! This dress would really be fun for a casual event with friends—I’m picturing it with sock booties, fishnets and a chunky, marled sweater.”- Lauren Black, University of Southern California

10. High Neck Slit Bodycon Dress

Lauren Wise

This dress packs a punch without breaking the bank. Its deep red hue will make any Fashionista stand out amongst a sea of little black dresses. Plus, the dress’s high neck, fitted silhouette and slit are right on trend.”- Lauren Wise, Ohio State University