“I have nothing to wear!!” Holiday parties are notorious for sparking those frantic, closet-searching moments when you declare you’ve got nothing — absolutely nothing — to wear. In this case, our best advice is: don’t get mad, get inspired. Start with a look at these five party-ready, plus size dresses that highlight the hottest trends of 2016.
Lovely in Lace
Lace is huge this season. This lace dress has a flirty length, just above the knee, a bow detail that accentuates your waistline. If you have a larger chest, the high neckline keeps you from worrying about the extra support needed to hold up a strapless dress. You’ll still be able to show some skin with the lace detailing above the bust, and the layer underneath adds depth and added coverage. This dress would look perfect with opaque tights underneath and a black furry bomber jacket on top.
If the blue doesn’t strike you, this dress it also available in four other gorgeous colors: wine, gray, black and white.
The Cold Shoulder
The cold shoulder is one of the most noticeable trends of this season, and it’s great for all body types. And this layered, cold-shoulder dress is a triple-threat: trendy, comfy and flattering. Somehow, showing some shoulder adds more sex appeal and fun to any piece, while still remaining classy. Knit tends to drape well and flatter all body types. Throw on a jacket and a pair of strappy sandals, and you’re ready to be the belle of the ball.
Velvet is another on-trend pick this season. This dress, designed by Vera Wang, has a unique asymmetrical hem. The deep v-neck is a sexy way to balance out your look, and the floral print is a beautiful accent to the already interesting garment. For under $25, a dress like this is a steal.
Wear this piece with booties or an open-toed stiletto. To amp up the drama of that v-neck, go for an updo. You show off your arms proudly, or wear a dark colored shawl or poncho when the wind starts to blow.
Sparkling in Sequins
Sequins never go out of style, and they’re particularly appropriate for holiday attire. This dress combines a classic shift dress fit, with sequins and a print that deliver a youthful glow. Wear this number with gray or black pumps dress would look great with gray or black pumps. Add a white or ivory colored sweater to make the whole outfit pop.
If you’re over the Little (Any Color) Dress as your holiday party uniform, why not try a jumpsuit? Wearing a bold, full-body red makes an instant holiday statement. The peplum adds an interesting accent and adds balance, as the asymmetrical cut falls gently over the hips and onto the thigh area.
These are our picks for holiday plus size dresses. Which is your favorite? Let us know below!
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