The 3 Dress Essentials You'll Need This Holiday Season

by Nikki Ogunnaike

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How many holiday parties do you all have this season? At least three, am I right? Getting ready for them may be a pain, but if you prep now and borrow style cues from Lupita Nyong'o, Amy Poehler, and Zosia Mamet I promise it will be easier. Last night, each actress hit the 23rd annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in a dress I think you'll love.

A girly white dress: Can you say winter wonderland? Lupita, fashion's latest It Girl, worked the red carpet in an A-line Lanvin white strapless dress (complete with pockets!) and Lanvin red silk-satin pumps. Rock this type of number for more formal occasions like a black-tie ball.

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A sexy black dress: Yours doesn't have to be long-sleeve like Zosia's Rebecca Minkoff dress, but I suggest a style similar if you want to really show off your legs. It's perfect for catching that special someone's eye at your friend's Christmas party without looking too eager.

A work-appropriate navy dress: You've got enough to worry about when it comes to your office holiday party, so go the fail-safe route with a navy sheath dress. Amy Poehler's Catherine Deane frock features black details that kick it up a notch while also providing a slimming effect.

Is your holiday wardrobe stocked with these three dress essentials? If not, shop our picks here.

What other types of dresses are your go-tos? Share suggestions in the comments!

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