By Amy DuFault
Holiday dresses can be the bane of our December existence. If you're lucky, you're able to swap frocks with a friend or know of a fabulous consignment boutique that helps justify buying something new for a single party. Why not think even further with your purchase this year and how you could wear it year round? We've found 10 dresses that can do just that and with just a spark of creativity, can be the dress that keeps on giving.
Carrie Parry's Red Bow Dress
Carrie Parry's Red Bow Dress made from 100% organic wool is a feminine, shift dress with a removable bow collar that "transitions easily from a day at the office to a night on the town." We love the festive red tights for the holidays as they add a fun style element to what could otherwise be a boring shift with safe, black tights and shoes. (Also available in black.)
Camilla Norback's Butterfly Sleeve Dress camillaholiday
If you opt for a LBD this year, try stepping outside the straight and narrow you're seeing in popular department store windows and add a little flounce and flair. Swedish designer Camilla Norback offers up this lacy dress that is just as much country as rock and roll.
Feral Childe's Pleated Prokofiev Dress feralholiday
Known for their graphic prints and seamless melding of color and shapes, Feral Childe always produces collections with at least one truly stand out dress. This Prokofiev Dress in their Orchestra Print is that one. What can't you do with this dress for a holiday party or, better yet, year round?
Dahl by Alison Kelly
Alison Kelly's dresses are just as pretty as she is. Feminine, playful and at times glamorous, Dahl dresses come in a variety of colors (see site for more), and with 10 styles to choose from, you're bound to find a style just for you.
Kelly Lane's Galaxy Dress
Kelly Lane's Galaxy dress is part funk, part lady. While the top part of the dress echoes the lines of a built in shrug, the rest of the dress is a basic shift that flatters. Worn with black opaque tights for a holiday party or teal tights for a night out, this dress will shape shift its way into your style universe.
Popomomo Palazzo Pantso
It's not a dress or a skirt, but these Palazzo Pants from Popomomo are a perfect fill in for holiday parties with a sexy cropped top and statement piece of jewelry or, just kicking back. The drawstring waist is an additional selling point for those holiday parties don't come without their fair share of eating (and stomach expansion).
H Fredriksson's Drip Dress
H Fredriksson's Drip Dress drapes where it should and is made from a buttery soft silk. Contrast the shine of the fabric with a knitted tight post-party, add boots and a fitted black t-shirt and you have a whole other date in your Drip Dress.
Prairie Underground's Austen Blouse prairieholiday
Not all parties you go to this holiday season are going to be under dim lights with a live band playing Duke Ellington. This Austen Blouse by Prairie Underground is actually long enough to wear as a dress (albeit mini), and looks great with patterned tights and a pair of shimmering flats or after your holidays are over with purple tights and heeled brown booties. This is also a great neckline to show off your favorite necklace.
Allison Parris' Sammi Feather Dress
This is the dress that is made specifically for everything fun and fabulous that you do. Made from a raw organic silk, the Sammi Dress from Allison Parris will elevate you to a new level of sustainable with a fashion-forward feather crinoline skirt to balance out the industrial, exposed zipper on the back. Can you wear this dress again? Of course, but it better be in another state.
Lina Rennell Check Cocktail Dress
You didn't wait all year to make a New Year's resolution to start working out or intensifying your yoga practice, no, you did it faithfully - all year. Slip that toned body into Lina Rennell's Check Cocktail Dress and watch how the other party goers keep using you as a gauge for how much they shouldn't eat. This dress is for year-round and has so many possibilities for cardigan sweaters and boyfriend blazers, sandals and platform heels, this dress just brings it.
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Top image: Allison Parris