Winter's Best Dress Trends For All Your Holiday Parties

The holiday season is here, and with that comes the joyous holiday parties and get-togethers with friends and family. Dressing the part for these holiday events provides the ultimate opportunity to bring all the glitz and glam for the occasion. Even though the weather has cooled down during the fall and going into winter, it does not mean you have to leave the dresses for the summer. According to Inspired by This, there are plenty of options for you to look and feel your best with dresses that are just right for the season and the occasion.

Without a doubt, it's possible to stay warm, look festive, and embrace your inner fashionista with dresses to elevate your holiday looks. Whether you're attending a holiday party, hosting your own, or celebrating festive nights out, these dresses offer the versatility to wear them just how you'd like. With a variety of styles, materials, and colors more suited for the winter, you can also make them work with your personal style (via Outfit Trends).

Sweater dress

Fashion continues to evolve, bringing beautiful yet functional combinations such as the sweater dress. Sweater dresses, which can be found in a knit or hoodie style, offer both warmth and style in a variety of forms that can be dressed up or worn casually. Go for a sophisticated look with a ribbed sweater and a form-fitting dress, like the Rib Long Sleeve Midi Sweater Dress at Nordstrom. Opt for a midi hemline for extra elegance paired with boots, short or tall. The long sleeves and wool material contribute to the look while also keeping you perfectly warm. Or, keep it casual with a hoodie dress that gives an oversized sweater a whole new meaning (via Women's Wear Daily). For example, we love Nordstrom's Cara Long Sleeve Fleece Hoodie Dress.

Chic blazer dress

Go for a more professional chic look with the blazer dress fashion trend, like Theory's Blazer Dress in Good Wool. Essentially, it is a blazer-turned-dress with a variety of silhouettes, necklines, lengths, colors, and styles as opposed to the boxy blazer look. If you're attending your workplace holiday party, this dress would fit perfectly in this atmosphere. It's polished, professional, and party-ready all in one. Go for the classic black blazer look or take it a step further with some bright holiday colors. Pair it with some heels or boots, perfect for the season, per In the Know.

Mock neck dress

Turtle necks are almost perfect for the colder weather, but for some people it rides too high up on the neck or is uncomfortable and itchy. The mock neck dress, like the AQUA Mock Neck Tiered Mini Dress from Bloomingdale's, can give you that classic winter turtle neck look without all the pain. A long-sleeve dress with a mock neckline will give you ultimate warmth. You can find mock neck dresses in a variety of materials, shapes, and fittings, so you're sure to find something more fitting for the colder season (via FMag).

Flattering wrap dress

Wrap dresses are an incredibly elegant option perfect for all holiday get-togethers and parties. This style of dress can be complimentary for anyone with its versatile wrap effect. A tied waist and ruffled hemline are a popular element of this dress, but you can find them in a variety of colors and lengths to fit your preferences. Elevate your look with a satin wrap dress in a midi length or one made of t-shirt material for something casual. For the holidays, find one with long sleeves and a flowy skirt in tones of gold, maroon, or green for all the festive vibes, per BuzzFeed.

Long maxi dress

The perfect winter dress is one that keeps you stylish and warm. What better way to embrace that look than with something that can equally bring some coverage and warmth to your legs. Maxi dresses can be found in a myriad of styles whether it's a wrap dress, puff-sleeve cottagecore dress, a long-sleeve sweater dress, a chiffon flow, or other types. This breezy style isn't reserved just for the summer anymore. In fact, you can even wear your summer maxis with layers such as cardigans, sweaters, or tights for an elegant winter look (via Curated Taste).

Festive materials and textures

During the holiday season, you can't go wrong with velvet, metallic, or sequin textures. These materials are a fashion must-have and wardrobe staples for all things holiday parties. Like a maxi dress, you can find these textures in a variety of dress styles. Red, green, gold, and silver sequin dresses are popular in shorter dresses with collars or even sleeveless New Year's Eve slip dresses. Velvet dresses are just the perfect amount of thickness in their elegant material for this colder time of year. Sparkle, shine, and dance your way through — fashionably, of course — all the holiday events this season, according to HuffPost.