Science has studied and told us many times that how we present ourselves has a huge impact on our overall confidence and mood. With the increased stress of the holiday season running headfirst into the pandemic’s continued omnipresence, it’s more important than ever to take small steps whenever possible to boost your mood and feel some sense of normalcy as we march through the year’s end.
One fun way to do so is by putting on a special outfit to celebrate, whether that be with your immediate household or a festive Zoom. Sparkles, rich colors, bows, and the like can transform a quiet evening at home into something memorable rather than just another night of drinking egg nog in your pajamas–not that we don’t love that, too.
Keeping this in mind, we researched some of the best holiday outfit dresses and jumpsuits on the market for women this season. Have a look at some of our favorites from various retailers, and discover an exciting new look to dress up your at-home party this year.
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A little black dress is great for everything, but don’t you want to kick things up a notch to end the year? Try a sparkly jumpsuit instead like this one that features an ultra flattering neckline, cinched waist, and delicate spaghetti straps that show off your shoulders in a sexy, sophisticated way. Pair with simple strappy heels to make your legs look a million miles long–even if your friends can’t see your feet on Zoom party, you’ll feel great wearing them.
Rust-colored sequins are such an unexpected touch for a holiday look, and the draped lines of a wrap dress lets it complement your shape while showing off a flair for the glam. Fitted button cuffs give a formal edge to an otherwise casually structured dress, and the autumnal disco vibes will reflect beautifully beside the light of a glowing tree or candles.
Everyone looks amazing in a red dress, and this particular style does the work of squaring off your shoulders and hitting the perfect mid-thigh length to accentuate the right curves all over. While perfect for Christmas, its versatility will shine throughout the year and make the most of all $234 you invest.
Combing two holiday standby–rich hunter green and plush velvet–this dress was made to dazzle under the mistletoe. It’s also comfy, stretchy, and has a nipped waist to complement the body, so you can look dazzling even while indulging in heavy holiday treats like pie and eggnog. The $54 price point is nice, too, so grab one now before they sell out.
Look like a walking ornament when you wrap yourself in this bold silver Jacquard number. Asymmetric lines drape neatly across the torso, exposing plenty of gorgeous décolletage skin that begs for a shimmery lotion or spray, and the short hemline lets you flaunt your legs with or without hose–the true upside to staying indoors all season.
Is it Christmas-y? Is it punk? Keep them guessing and look appropriate for both situations in this breezy flannel dress featuring a flirty cutout just below the mock neck to flash an extra little peep of skin on one of the most alluring parts of the body. The shiny studs are a perfect touch and allow you to go jewelry free while still rocking just a bit of bling.
A simple shape gets the luxe treatment with a healthy smattering of rhinestones sure to shine bright on all your festive Zoom calls. Pearls and sequins abound in lush patterns, and adjustable black straps make sure they hit the mark on your body.
This non-traditional, funky Christian Siriano dress has a very retro vibe about its shape and print that dresses up any occasion with fun, nostalgia, and just enough spunk to be perfect for the holidays. The abstract colors are exciting without looking too busy, and the pronounced shoulders give a regal air to the whole look. Wear with slicked back hair and a huge pair of gold earrings to make a simple but bold statement.