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    Roksanda Illincic Fall 2011

    What to wear for the holidays? We’ve got the answers in a fab red dress!

    With the holidays come special occasion dinner parties & celebrations that call for festive dresses that make an elegant statement and with red being a go-to hue of the moment and just about any holiday season, there are so many fantastic red holiday dresses this season, but here we’ve culled a few of our favorites with notes on how to best wear them.  After-all, nothing says holiday cheer more than the rush of a knock-em dead scarlet number.

    Not into to that much red, or want to amp it up even more? Try some bold red lips, like Olivia Wilde, here.

    Consider the provocative allure you’ll radiate in Roksanda Ilincic’s brazen one-shouldered sateen number from Fall 2011 above. Its decadent pleats and sumptuous fabrication are sure to turn heads while channeling old-hollywood bravura.


    Thakoon’s minimal take on the-little-red-dress makes for a smart choice considering its subtle elegance and universal wear-anywhere appeal. From office friendly layering to dinner dates come the new year, you’re certain to get a lot of mileage from this simple piece. Get it at Shopbop.

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    The intricate composition of Marchesa’s dreamy red confection may bring the work of Alexander McQueen to mind, but its feminine silhouette and abbreviated length lend it a more approachable, less fierce warrior and more regal princess vibe. We’d add a tailored blazer for the right amount of femme vs. masculine. Get a similar Marchesa Draped Strapless Dress at Shopbop.

    Red Holiday Dress Quick Tips:

    • Look for pieces in hues that are rich and in billowy fabrications
    • If its not in a maxi length, think about pairing it with boots or nude stockings if needed( we love how Preen’s dress was styled with slouchy nude socks-below)
    • Pile on the extras- from gloves to jewels, red is certain to bring out the details in gorgeously crafted accessories
    • Red is not only the color of good luck, it also conjures up a fiery sense of alarm, melt their hearts with your inner & outer confidence in a range of silhouettes that highlight your assets


    Out of the four options we’ve highlighted here, Preen’s tailored number might be the most basic and reality-minded of the bunch, yet its trompe l’oeil combination of tank & pencil skirt makes it the smartest choice. From knee-high boots and all sorts of layering options to luncheons come spring, its one hard-working, high-aiming piece to look out for.  Get the Preen Envelope Dress at Shopbop-Naveed Hussain

     Some brilliant red holiday dresses to consider:

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