Dress for the Party

By Rebecca Robertson

For The Surge.

As we enter the holiday season, the need for the perfect party dress arises as invitations for cocktail parties, work functions, and holiday events fill the calendar. To dress the part, integrate a picture-perfect party dress into your wardrobe.


Classic and elegant, feathers offer a flirty and fun detail to dressing for a holiday party or cocktail gathering. The trend takes on a variety of looks this winter, with wispy swaths of feathers trimming a hemline to bold blocks of feathers outlining bodices and sleeves. Keep it seductive by opting for a shimmering black dress trimmed with small, thin feathers and beads throughout the skirt, or grab attention in a full feathered shift dress in a bright red.

Fit & Flare

Dresses with a fitted bodice and flared skirt offer a demure and feminine look perfect for work functions or family gatherings. Opt for a dress with long or ¾ length sleeves in a matte burgundy tweed or black lace, or for a more dramatic look, slip on a sleeveless fit and flare silhouette in a rich ruby hue or pink.


Shine through the season with a dress outfitted in a metallic hue. Popular shimmering shades this season include charcoal grey, copper and emerald. For a flirty look, try on a strapless dress with a short ruffled skirt, or curve hugging sheath that hits just above the knee. Pair a metallic dress with neutral accessories and shoes for a tailored, streamlined look.