Christmas fashion guide: dresses for every occasion

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What's Christmas without glamorous balls and festive parties? It's an excuse for the ladies to get dolled up and look sensational for the night.

Having trouble deciding what to wear? Here are a few guidelines that might narrow down the options.

Glamorous glitter dresses

Got a last-minute rendez-vous or a glitzy party coming up? Sport a glittery dress and prepare to dazzle the crowd.

Whether it's a night out in the town or a glamorous party, a girl can do no wrong in a sparkly dress. It simply exudes holiday glamour. 

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A long-sleeved sequin dress is always a fun option.

Paired with a feathery skirt like this Badgley Mischka frock, it simply begs you to wear it out dancing.

Black or scarlet for stylish, subdued chic 

When meeting a boyfriend's parents for the first time, choosing a dress can be nerve-wracking. You want to be conservative, while also maintaining your sense of style.

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A little black dress is a safe option, but a scarlet frock is a unique alternative.

Pair it with a classic pump for the perfect touch of class and sophistication.

Meet me at the office party

Romantic and feminine, lace dresses are an unexpectedly chic option.

Don't worry about looking too sexy or even inappropriate. When styled correctly, lace can look sophisticated instead of vulgar.

Choose a conservative silhouette or a style for a more chic look. Katherine Heigl, for example, nailed the lace look with her Dolce & Gabbana piece for the premier of her film, New Year's Eve

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Opt for knee-length or calf-grazing dresses, like the Romona Keveza dress that Kaley Cuomo from The Big Bang Theory wore at the 2011 Emmy Awards. If you're worried about baring your legs, slip on a nice pair of tights (your legs will thank you).

Floor-sweeping gowns for the gala 

If the occasion is a black-tie event, floor-length dresses are a must.

Long, sweeping gowns in jewel tones exude elegance, while soft pastels are perfect to create a more demure look. Photo courtesy of Vivian Dang

Keep jewellery to a minimum if your dress has a lot of detail, or focus on a statement piece.

A large cocktail ring or even standout earrings will provide the perfect balance. 



Remember that bit of advice from Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers: "You're never too old to shine, even if it's just a pinch of stardust."  


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