The seasonal dilemma about what to wear to the yearly office holiday party or your family gatherings is as inevitable as twinkling lights and trimmed trees. But instead of worrying about how to hide the parts of your body you’re not happy with, make a promise to look and feel confident at every holiday party by switching attention to the areas you’re proudest of.
Best for … Curves
The wrap dress is a classic for a reason – the wrap defines your waist, and the V-neck is flattering on curvier shapes. Find one that features this season’s fabrics or prints, and pair it with kitten heels and a statement necklace.
Wide-leg dress pants cleverly balance your proportions, and they’re versatile enough for just about every festive event. Be daring and try wide-leg velvet pants or a pair in silk with a bold pattern, paired with a simple blouse.
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Best for … Great Legs
If you have amazing legs, try a long-sleeved shift or column dress. You can go shorter on the length because the long sleeves will balance the amount of exposed skin (while the loose-fitting shape is ideal if all those hors d’oeuvres go straight to your middle). Look for one in silk or with a sprinkling of sequins for an evening party, and pair it with chic black pointed ballet flats. If you have long hair, try an elegant up-do hairstyle to reveal your neck, as this will look alluring next to a higher neckline. Check out more holiday party hairstyles here.
Best for … Tall and Slim
If you’re tall with a long torso, try wearing a bare-shoulder dress. Cut to hang off the shoulder, this romantic look will frame your neck and shoulders, drawing the eyes up. Ensure the length falls just above the knee to keep your body in proportion. Enhance the soft and feminine feel of this outfit by adding Downy Ultra Infusions Fabric Conditioner in Honey Flower to the wash. The touch-activated sweet scent of a floral bouquet is delightfully addictive, and the protection of Downy will help prevent stretching, fading and fuzz.
Best for … Slim Waists
If your waist is slimmer than your top and bottom, accentuate it with a fit-and-flare dress, which cinches in at the middle and flares out, gently skimming your hips. Opt for a dress that cleverly mixes fabrics, textures or colors in the top and bottom halves. With a block color on top and a patterned fuller skirt on the bottom, the eye will naturally be drawn to the center of your torso, while the flared skirt will flatter your amazing curves.
Best for … Small and Petite Frames
Match your petite frame to a mini-dress, and keep the hemline short to call out your legs. Bold and daring prints look great on a smaller frame, so go wild and try the brightest, most exciting prints you can find. And unlike many silhouettes, high necklines look great on you – so try a high collar, preferably in a contrasting fabric, that will draw attention to your face.
Keep Your Party Look Sparkling Clean
If you plan on attending multiple events this holiday season, make sure to protect your outfit in the wash. Use Tide PODS with Downy to clean your party clothes while also protecting them against stretching, fading and pilling – the convenient all-in-one pac eliminates the need for measuring detergent and fabric conditioner separately. To add an enticing burst of fresh scent that lasts, add Unstopables In-Wash Scent Boosters to the wash load. And if your outfit can go through the dry cycle, add a Bounce dryer sheet to fight wrinkles and static.
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