When dressing for a holiday occasion—a party with mistletoe, Santa, or reindeer in the title—the obvious choice is a red dress. However, not all of us have the perfect red dress in our closets. And, despite the preponderance of red dresses out there this time of year, I’ve had much difficulty finding one that I like.
That’s because, in my humble opinion, it’s easy for a red dress to look too cheesy, a little too much, or a bit too thematic—like you’re the girl requesting the band plays Lady in Red just for you. This probability of looking like a cheeseball increases notably when the aforementioned red dress is satin, or has tulle or rhinestone accoutrements a la Jessica McClintock. Please, ladies, no tulle.
So, when selecting red dresses to recommend, I picked dresses with Grecian style draping with loose, flowy silhouettes. Whether the dress is v-neck, sleeveless, cap-sleeve, or one-shoulder, they all have draping in common, giving them an updated 2010 look.
I suggest pairing with a metallic clutch and matching jewelry, black tights, and black pumps. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, gold sequined pumps paired with simple gold-toned jewelry and clutch.
BCBG One-Shoulder Draped Dress, $248, Bloomingdales.
Alice and Olivia Carla Twist Jersey Dress, $185, Net-a-Porter.
Alice and Olivia Draped Grecian Goddess Dress, $165, Cusp.
Bailey 44 Dirty Bomb Dress, $110, Piperlime.
Shoulder Detail Shift Dress, $69, Ann Taylor Loft.