Plus-Size Holiday Party Hits
Dresses: Jewel tones
Bing Shopping: Jewel tones
Gem colors are on everyone's style radar this season, and there are no more opulent party colors than ruby, sapphire and emerald. Showcase these precious hues in glowing silk or flowing chiffon tailored into surplice necklines (tres flattering) and long, luscious hemlines.
Bing Shopping: Sparkle
Shine your light in high-wattage gowns glimmering with thousands of sequins, dusted with glam glimmer or woven with lavish metallic thread. Wrap dress silhouettes take to this gilding beautifully, as does the latest trend-right party gown - the drop-waisted flapper dress.
Bing Shopping: Lace
Black lace is a staple of the party circuit, but it's time to tweak that tradition a little. What's hot now? Color - especially wine hues, deep blue and green tints and the lavish look of metallic lace. Sometimes just a touch of lace (at neckline, waist, sleeves) turns a dress from demure to deluxe.
Bing Shopping: Chiffon
This ethereal material floats around your body in a supremely flattering way, but there's nothing "comfort fabric" about it. Long, figure-skimming gowns are (obviously) holiday party showstoppers, but we also love the flirt of a short cocktail frock swinging with chiffon pleats.
Blouses: Fancy tank tops
Bing Shopping: Tank tops
Sleeveless tanks may not be the first item that pops to mind as "party wear," but we're not talking plain cotton here. Lustrous accents (sequins splashed all over or designed in elegant patterns), glowing colors, molten fabrics and extravagant beading make evening tank tops the layering piece to lust after.
Blouses: Silky tunics
Bing Shopping: Silky tunics
What to wear over those super-sexy fancy leggings, skinny jeans or sequined minis? Super-breezy on the body, but with some designs elegant enough to wear to the fanciest soirees, the tunic doesn't skimp on length or dazzle. Look for silver or gold metallic, Baroque pattern designs or a pop of crimson color.
Bing Shopping: Embellishments
This year’s party season sparkles with gobs of sequins and metallics, but if all that shine is just a touch too much, choose party-ready tops that show off simple sophistication. Beaded collars and cuffs, softly glowing velvet borders, ladylike lace accents and faux-leather trim kick up your style simply.
Blouses: Sheer fabrics
Bing Shopping: Sheer fabrics
Sometimes less is more. Be as sexy as you wanna be in sheer blouses that go from demure to daring depending on the layering piece you wear beneath. These wispy numbers are body-skimming, comfy to wear, and they’re offered in varying degrees of opacity – with scads of embellishment or none at all.
Skirts & pants: Lace pencil skirts
Bing Shopping: Lace pencil skirts
We love the melding of a business-savvy skirt silhouette with the extravagance of lace – it’s a genius combo that’s also a no-brainer party separate. Add a dolman-sleeve silk top or cowl-neck metallic top and you’re done. (Don’t forget the sky-high platform heels.)
Skirts & pants: Silky pleated skirts
Bing Shopping: Silky pleated skirts
With more flowing movement than a trim pencil skirt, these softly pleated beauties are a more traditional (but no less smashing) soiree skirt. Whether crafted in matte chiffon, shiny silk charmeuse or something in between, the textural impact of pleats captures retro glamor at its most now.