The Lowdown: Traditionally, we think of dressing for holiday parties in terms of heavy fabrics (velvet, shantung) and dark colors (er, black), dressed up perhaps with a little festive bling-y detailing. After perusing the latest dresses at Modcloth however (it’s kind of a hobby) we’ve decided that it’s high time to break the rules a bit and, well, lighten up. Ruffles are a huge trend this season, and they’re lovely, so why not indulge this party season with softer fabrics, unexpected colors and lady-like ruffle details? Why not indeed. We’ll feel pretty, less weighed down (perfect, considering all the egg nog and pumpkin cheesecake we intend to consume) and we just might stand out from the ho-hum seasonal party crowd. Happy holidays to us!